An early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft. Was declared academically ineligible to play the remainder of his sophomore season on Jan. 17, 2005.
Career Highlights: Named National Freshman of the Year by ESPN.com in 2003-04. Was a First Team All-Conference USA selection and C-USA Freshman of the Year. 2004-05 Preseason Candidate for Wooden and Naismith Player of the Year awards.
Sophomore (2004-05): Appeared in 16 games, starting 10. Was suspended from the team indefinitely on Dec. 14, then reinstated on Dec. 19. Averaged 14.5 points and 5.8 rebounds. Scored a career-high 31 points against Arkansas State. Tallied 20 points and 11 rebounds against George Mason. Had 18 points and a career-high three steals against Pittsburgh. Started in place of the injured Rodney Carney and grabbed eight offensive rebounds against Providence on his way to scoring 17 points.
Freshman (2003-04): Led the Tigers in scoring (17.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg). Averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in conference play. Named to National Freshman All-America teams by The Sporting News, Basketball Times and CollegeInsider.com. Scored in double figures in 26 of 30 games. Scored 20 or more points 12 times. Became the only player in school history to make at least six three-pointers in four games. Scored a season-high 29 points against Charlotte. Grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds in his collegiate debut against Wake Forest. Tallied 26 points and 13 rebounds against TCU. Shot 6-for-7 from three-point range on his way to 28 points against Marquette. Had a streak of 30 consecutive free throws.
Strengths: Talented offensive player with the ability to shoot the deep ball or take it strong and get to the line. Runs the floor well and shows excellent body control.
Personal: Enjoys playing chess and watching The History Channel. Favorite movie is Spike Lee’s He Got Game. Would like to go into Real Estate once his playing career is over.