An early entry candidate for the 2004 NBA Draft. Named to 2004 McDonald’s All-America Team and played in the McDonald’s High School All-America game. Named to PARADE Magazine All-America First Team. Named Co-MVP of the EA Sports Roundball Classic. Originally committed to play for Duke. Played his first two seasons at Peoria Richwoods High School, before transferring to Peoria Central.
High School Career Highlights: Led Peoria Central to Class AA state titles in 2003 and 2004. Named Illinois’ Mr. Basketball in 2003-04. He stands to become the fourth Illinois Mr. Basketball to go straight to the NBA from high school, joining Kevin Garnett, Darius Miles and Eddy Curry.
2004 Postseason All-Star Games: Registered 12 points and seven assists as the West defeated the East 124-110 in the EA Sports Roundball Classic. Named Co-MVP along with fellow draft prospect J.R. Smith. In the McDonald’s High School All-America game, tallied three assists and two steals in 15 minutes of action for the West, which fell to the East 126-96.
Senior (2003-04): Averaged 18.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.7 assists. Shot 51 percent from the field and 77 percent from the free throw line. Had 27 points and 10 rebounds in the Class AA championship game against Homewood-Flossmoor. Scored a season-high 37 points, to go with six rebounds and five assists in the Quad City Shootout against Moline.
Junior (2002-03): Averaged 15.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists.
Sophomore (2001-02): Averaged 10.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists.
Strengths: A true point guard at 6-7, with excellent court vision and ballhandling skills. Has the rare ability to predict the play before it happens. Defensively, he uses long arms to disrupt passing lanes.