An early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: Led all freshmen in the SEC in field goal percentage (.528) while ranking fifth in blocked shots (0.9). Started 33 of 34 games at center for a team that advanced to the regional finals of the 2005 NCAA Tournament and finished with a 28-6 record.
Freshman (2003-04): Averaged 8.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 19.8 minutes a contest. Led the team in free throws attempted (143). Scored in double figures 13 times, with a career-high 25 points on 11-for-14 shooting vs. Campbell. Led team with 17 points in only 19 minutes vs. Mississippi State. Registered 12 points and tied a career-high with three blocks vs. Mississippi State. Tallied 14 points and nine rebounds vs. Georgia State. Recorded 12 points and two blocks vs. Indiana. Scored 11 points vs. Tennessee in the first round of the SEC Tournament. Grabbed 10 rebounds in the SEC Tournament finals vs. Florida. Recorded first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds vs. Cincinnati in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Registered 20 points on 6-for-12 field goals, 8-for-10 free throws in the Tournament Regional Finals vs. Michigan State.
High School: A McDonald’s All-American honoree after his prep career, and tallied eight points and three rebounds in the 2004 McDonald’s All-Star game. Was also named a Third Team Parade All-American honors. Earned All-Region and All-State honors his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Averaged 23 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocked shots as a senior, and 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots as a junior. Was a member of the famed frontline trio of the Atlanta Celtics AAU program the summer of 2003, which also featured 2004 NBA Draft picks Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) and Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks). Helped lead the Celtics to a national AAU championship.
Strengths: Already possesses an NBA-ready body. Has a soft touch around the basket. Needs to work on playing consistently to reach his full potential.
Personal: Favorite NBA team is the Atlanta Hawks. Favorite meal is a junior bacon cheeseburger and sweet tea.