An early entry candidate for the 2009 NBA Draft.
Named Naismith, Wooden and AP Player of the Year en route to consensus National Player of the Year honors as a sophomore in 2008-09. Also named Big 12 Player of the Year as will as First Team All-Big 12. As a freshman, voted First-Team All-Big 12 and Big 12 All-Rookie.
Averaged 22.7 points, 14.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals in 33.3 minutes, while shooting .654 from the field. The consensus National Player of the Year. Postseason awards included the Naismith Trophy, Wooden Award, Oscar Robertson Trophy (USBWA) and Rupp Trophy as well as player of the year nods from the Associated Press, CBS/Chevrolet, the NABC, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, Basketball Times, ESPN.com, CBSsports.com, FoxSports.com and Athlon Sports. Earned Big 12 Player of the Year honors, First-Team All-Big 12 and a record-tying six Big 12 Player of the Week awards. Ranked No. 1 nationally in rebounding and double-doubles (30), second in field goal percentage and 11th in scoring. Point, rebound and field goal marks led the Big 12. Set OU and Big 12 single-season records for rebounds (504), rebounding average, field goal percentage and double-doubles. Established Oklahoma single-season marks for free throw attempts (324) and free throw attempts per game (9.3). Rebound total was the highest in a season by an NCAA Division I player since Indiana State's Larry Bird in 1978-79 (505) and rebounding average was the highest since Wake Forest's Tim Duncan in 1996-97 (14.7). Became first Sooner to grab at least 18 rebounds in four straight games by achieving the feat at the start of the season. Recorded at least 20 points and 15 rebounds a Big 12-record 15 times, smashing the previous mark of seven. The first player in Big 12 history to have a 20-20 game three times in a season as well as in back-to-back games. Notched the only performance of at least 40 points and 20 rebounds in Big 12 history when he finished with a career-high 40 points and a career-high 23 rebounds against Texas Tech (had double-doubles in both halves). Forty-point explosion against the Red Raiders were the most by a Sooner in 15 seasons, while his 23 rebounds were the most in 20 years. Averaged 28.5 points and 15.0 rebounds, while shooting .780 over four NCAA Tournament games. Recorded 33 points and 17 rebounds vs. Michigan for the NCAA Tournament's first 30/15 game since 2003. Finished with six 30-point games on the season. Led the team with 13 charges taken.
Averaged 14.7 points, 9.1 rebounds in 28.4 minutes, while shooting.568 from the field as an OU freshman. A First-Team All-Big 12 selection. Ranked ninth in the Big 12 in scoring, fourth in rebounding and third in field goal percentage. Named to the Big 12 All-Rookie Team. A First-Team All-District pick by the USBWA and NABC. Recorded 10 double-doubles on the season. Scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed 15 rebounds vs. Baylor. Finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds vs. Kansas State. Grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds against Texas Tech. Two-time Big 12 Player of the Week (Dec. 31 and Jan. 28), Missed a game following each of two separate injuries (sprained MCL in left knee five minutes into Jan. 14 game at Kansas and partial tear of medial meniscus in right knee five minutes into March 1 contest vs. Texas A&M).
Strengths: The prototypical power forward. A dominant physical presence. Tremendous athlete with outstanding size and strength. Establishes position deep inside and is difficult to contain on the box. Agile and polished. Opens up high-percentage looks for himself. Good low post moves. Prolific rebounder who makes the most of his physical ability with smarts and commitment.
Personal: Brother, Taylor, was a teammate on Oklahoma's basketball team from 2007-09. The brothers also teamed together from 2003-05 at Oklahoma Christian School in Edmunds, Okla.