An early entry candidate for the 2008 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: Earned Second Team All-Big East honors and was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team. Also named All-District by the NABC and USBWA. Earned Big East Rookie of the Week honors five times. Averaged 4.3 points and 1.5 rebounds on the silver medal-winning United States team at the 2007 FIBA World Championship for Men in Novi Sad, Serbia. Scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team that defeated the World Select Team at the 2007 Nike Hoop Summit held in Memphis, Tenn. Averaged 3.5 points and 1.0 rebounds for the gold medal-winning United States team at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men in San Antonio
Freshman (2007-08): Led team in scoring (17.7 ppg, ranked fourth in the Big East) and ranked second in rebounding (7.2 rpg). Placed fifth in the conference in blocked shots (1.6 bpg). Season total of 620 points ranks as the second-highest for a freshman in Syracuse history, behind Carmelo Anthony. Also set a freshman record for three-point field goals made (90). Scored 20 or more points 14 times. Posted six double-doubles. Tallied 21 points and nine rebounds vs. Ohio State and posted his first career double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds vs. Washington on his way to NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament Team honors. Recorded 25 points and 12 rebounds at Cincinnati. Registered 19 points, a career-high 13 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots at Seton Hall. Scored 24 points vs. Providence. Posted career-high 27 points, shooting 6-for-12 from three-point range vs. Robert Morris in the first round of the postseason NIT. Contributed 18 points and nine rebounds vs. Massachusetts in the quarterfinals.
High School: Named Maryland’s 2007 Gatorade Player of the Year. Earned a selection to the McDonald’s All-American Team and also participated in the Jordan Brand All-American Classic. Also earned First Team All-American honors from Parade Magazine and Second Team honors from USA Today. Averaged 18.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.5 blocked shots, and 2.1 steals as a senior. Averaged 23.3 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 4.6 blocked shots as a junior.
Strengths: Extremely long and athletic. Has excellent form and range on his perimeter shot. Is a willing rebounder and shot-blocker.
Personal: Majoring in communication and rhetorical studies. Moved to the United States when he was three years old.