An early entry candidate for the 2009 NBA Draft.
Finished SU career ranked seventh in free throws made(413) and double-doubles (28), and tied for eighth in free throws attempted (571). One of 15 SU players to reach 1,000 points and 800 rebounds.
Started 36 of 37 games. Opened the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds vs. Le Moyne. Named to OíReilly Auto Parts CBE Classic All-Tournament Team after recording 18 points and 11 boards in win over Florida, followed by 14 points and 14 boards vs. Kansas. Recorded 25 points and 11 rebounds vs. Georgetown, followed by 15 points and 10 rebounds vs. Notre Dame. Scored a season-high 26 points against Rutgers. Scored 22 points and grabbed 22 boards in epic six-OT win over UConn in Big East Tourney. Grabbed 16 rebounds in NCAA First Round vs. Stephen F. Austin.
All-Big East Second Team selection. Posted 12 double-doubles. His 173 made free throws ranked seventh on SUís single-season ledger. Grabbed 15 rebounds and added 19 points vs. Northeastern. Dished out a career-high seven assists vs. Northeastern, St. Johnís and DePaul. Recorded 24 points and 11 rebounds vs. UConn. Had a career-high six steals vs. Pittsburgh. Scored a career-high 28 points at Villanova. Recorded back-to-back 19-point, 10-rebound outings in first two rounds of the NIT.
Big East All-Rookie Team. Led Big East freshmen in rebounding (7.1 rpg), the sixth-best rookie mark in SU history. Played in all 35 games and led the squad with seven double-doubles. First SU freshman since Carmelo Anthony (2002-03) to post a double-double in his collegiate debut, with 10 points and 11 rebounds vs. St. Francis (N.Y.). Averaged 14.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in two contests vs. UConn. Recorded season highs of 24 points and 15 boards vs. Notre Dame in Big East Tournament.
Strengths: Strong and physical player who does most of his damage inside, despite his height (6-4). Attacks the rim, and is an exceptional rebounder. Runs the floor well and gets after it defensively.
Personal: Attended Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) for 2005-06 season. Was the leading rebounder (9.0 rpg) and ranked fifth in scoring (16.8 ppg) at the 2005 International Sports Invitational, leading Team USA to the gold. Along with SU teammate Paul Harris, helped Niagara Falls HS claim the New York Federation title.