An early entry candidate for the 2004 NBA Draft. Named a 2004 McDonald’s All-American and played in the McDonald’s High School All-America game. Named to PARADE Magazine All-America Team. Named to 2004 USA Men’s Junior National Select Team, which played at the Nike Hoop Summit in San Antonio. Ranked No. 1 among the high school class of 2004 by Basketball Times and No. 6 by Prep Stars. Originally committed to play at Louisville.
High School Career Highlights: Led Lincoln to three New York City PSAL titles and one state championship. First player in history to win three PSAL titles. Became New York State’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing Kenny Anderson.
2004 Postseason All-Star Games: Dished out 11 assists as the East defeated the West 126-96 in the McDonald’s High School All-America game. In the Nike Hoop Summit against top international competition, tallied six points and seven assists as the USA Select Team rolled to a 99-79 win over the World Select Team.
Senior (2003-04): Was a finalist for the 2004 Naismith Award. Averaged 33.2 points, 9.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds, leading Lincoln to a 26-6 record. Scored 25 points in the PSAL Championship Game against Cardozo, as Lincoln won its third consecutive PSAL crown. Named PSAL Player of the Year. Scored 30 points, including the game-winning three-pointer against Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy and fellow top prospect Dwight Howard.
Junior (2002-03): Led his team to a Class A state championship and 31-4 record. Named First Team All-State and All-City. Averaged 28.7 points and 8.6 assists.
Sophomore (2001-02): Averaged 27.0 points, 6.0 assists and 4.0 steals, leading Lincoln to a 26-4 mark and fourth place finish in the PSAL.
Freshman (2000-01): Averaged 17.7 points and 7.0 assists as Lincoln went 23-5.
Strengths: Has excellent court vision and passing skills. Makes players around him better. His quick hands and active feet make him a good defender. Mature and poised for his age.
Personal: Son of Erica and Otis Telfair. Is the cousin of New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury and half-brother of Jamel Thomas, who’s had short stints in the NBA and been a star overseas. Aspires to own his own business following his basketball career.