An early entry candidate for the 2008 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: Named First Team All-Big 12 as a sophomore. Earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors and was named to the All-Rookie Team as a freshman. Currently ranks as the 13th all-time leader in blocked shots in Kansas history with 109. Recorded six career double-doubles. Was selected for the United States Team that competed in the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championships held in Novi Sad, Serbia, but was unable to play due to a stress fracture in his left leg.
Sophomore (2007-08): Tied for second on the team in scoring (12.8 ppg) and also ranked second in rebounding (6.3 rpg). Ranked fourth in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.543) and seventh in blocked shots (1.3 bpg). Scored 20 or more points five times and posted five double-doubles. Recorded season-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds vs. Baylor. Tallied 22 points on 10-for-12 shooting and snagged seven rebounds at Boston College. Registered an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double at Iowa State. Scored 20 points vs. Arizona. Notched 16 points and nine rebounds in the Big 12 Tournament title game. Contributed 17 points and seven rebounds in the first round of the NCAA Tournament vs. Portland State. Led team with nine rebounds and a season-high four blocked shots vs. North Carolina in the Final Four. Scored 20 points on 9-for-13 shooting and pulled down ten rebounds vs. Memphis in the national championship game.
Freshman (2006-07): Averaged 9.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 19.0 minutes a contest, playing behind future NBA first round pick Julian Wright. Led the team and ranked fourth in the Big 12 in blocked shots (1.5 bpg). Started seven times. Led the team in scoring in five contests and paced the squad in rebounding six times. Scored in double figures 18 times, posting a career-high 26 points vs. Towson. Tallied 22 points vs. Oral Roberts. Recorded 19 points on 6-for-7 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds in 16 minutes vs. Florida. Posted back-to-back double-doubles with 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds at Kansas State and 15 points and 11 rebounds vs. Iowa State. Notched 13 points, eight rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots vs. Dartmouth. Contributed 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots in the first round of the NCAA Tournament vs. Niagara.
Strengths: Long and athletic. Scores with his back to the basket with a variety of quick moves and shoots the mid-range jumper at a high percentage. Can defend both forward spots and excels as a shot-blocker.
Personal: Nickname is “Slim Shady.” Cousin, Quinton Ross, plays in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers.