An early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: Voted MVP of the NCAA Final Four after scoring 26 points (10-of-11 shooting) and grabbing 10 rebounds vs. Illinois to help Carolina claim the 2005 NCAA title. Had 22 points in semifinal win over Michigan State. Also named MVP of the Syracuse Regional after averaging 21.5 points and 11.8 rebounds. Ranks 18th in UNC history with 771 career rebounds.
Junior (2004-05): All-ACC First Team and All-America Second Team selection by the Associated Press and Sporting News. Averaged a double-double in ACC regular season play with a team-best 17.2 ppg and 12.3 rpg. Scored in double figures in 34 games and recorded double figures in rebounds 19 times. First Tar Heel since Mitch Kupchak (1975-76) to record eight straight double-doubles. Set a UNC single-season record with 397 rebounds. Finished second in the ACC in rebounding (10.7 rpg), third in scoring (17.5 ppg) and field goal percentage (.567), and 10th in free throw percentage (.758). Scored a career-high 32 points vs. Florida State and followed with a career-high 24 rebounds vs. Duke, the highest Carolina total since 1968. Selected 2004 USA Basketball co-Male Athlete of the Year after leading the USA World Championship for Young Men Qualifying Team to a gold medal.
Sophomore (2003-04): All-ACC Second Team and Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention pick. Led the ACC in rebounding (9.8 rpg), finished sixth in field goal percentage (.463) and blocked shots (1.2 bpg), and finished seventh in scoring (15.2 ppg). Led the ACC with 12 double-doubles in points and rebounds. Recorded 10-plus rebounds 13 times on the season, include two games with 21 boards.
Freshman (2002-03): Averaged 11.4 points and 8.1 rebounds as a freshman. One of three freshmen starters for the Tar Heels. Was averaging 15.3 points and 8.7 rebounds until Dec. 27, when he broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot in a game vs. Iona at Madison Square Garden. Returned to action in the ACC Tournament semifinal vs. Duke on March 15.
Strengths: Knows how to establish position on the block. Soft hands and excellent timing make him a terrific rebounder. Continues to improve offensively with a variety of effective moves in the post.
Personal: Father, Scott, was national player of the year in 1976 and led Indiana to a 32-0 record and an NCAA title. Brother, Scott Jr., was a member of the Indiana team that played in the 2002 NCAA championship game.