An early entry candidate for the 2008 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: Earned Second Team All-Pac-10 and All-Freshman Team honors. Also earned First Team All-District honors from the NABC and USBWA and was named Honorable Mention All-American by The Associated Press. A finalist for the Wooden Award. Scored 15 points for the USA Junior National Select Team that defeated the World Select Team at the 2007 Nike Hoop Summit in Memphis, Tenn. Averaged 11.0 points and 4.3 rebounds on 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 (19.7 ppg, ranked third in the Pac-10), the first freshman to accomplish the feat since Sean Elliott in 1985-86. Also led the team in free throw percentage (.839, ranked fourth in the Pac-10), and ranked second in assists (4.0 apg, sixth). Missed four games due to a sprained right knee. Scored 20 or more points 16 times and topped the 30-point mark in four games. Exploded for career-high 39 points on 12-for-18 shooting, including 6-for-10 from three-point range vs. Arizona State. Tallied 33 points, five rebounds and a career-high-tying nine rebounds at Houston. Recorded 26 points and six rebounds vs. Texas A&M. Posted 31 points and six assists, shooting a perfect 16-for-16 from the free throw line vs. Stanford. Sank five three-pointers on his way to 33 points vs. California. Scored 19 points at Kansas. Narrowly missed a triple-double with 20 points and career highs in rebounds (9) and assists (9) vs. UMKC. Became the first freshman to earn Team MVP honors since Sean Elliott in 1986.
High School: Named a McDonald’s All-American and participated in the 2007 Jordan Brand Classic. Named Gatorade Arizona State Player of the Year his junior and senior seasons. Earned First Team All-State honors all four years. Averaged 33.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 2.0 steals as a senior. Averaged 37.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 3.2 steals as a junior. Career scoring average (28.3 ppg) ranks as the best all-time in state history.
Strengths: Combines quickness and athleticism with a good feel for the game. Scores effectively and efficiently in a variety of ways and is solid on the defensive end.
Personal: Son of Brad Bayless and Denise Bowman. Has one older brother, Justin. Hobbies include golf and ping-pong.