|Melbourne South Dragons (Australia)|
Originally an early entry candidate for the 2008 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration.
Played the past three seasons with the Melbourne South Dragons in the NBL, Australia’s premier professional basketball league. Named 2007 NBL Rookie of the Year. Scored 18 points and dished out eight assists in the 2008 NBL All-Star Game. Represented Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, averaging 4.8 points in 9.4 minutes per game over five contests.
In his third season with the Melbourne South Dragons, averaged 13.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 23.9 minutes over 38 games. Helped team to an NBL title. Contributed 26 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, four steals and two blocks vs. Melbourne. Had a season-high 27 points, including five three-pointers, vs. Adelaide.
Averaged 15.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists (ranked fourth in the NBL). Scored 20 or more points nine times. Registered four double-doubles, two in points and rebounds and two in points and assists. Posted season-highs of 25 points and 10 assists in games at Adelaide and vs. Wollongong. Recorded 16 points and a career-high 11 rebounds vs. Townsville. Tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds at New Zealand. Notched 18 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals vs. Brisbane. Shot 9-for-12 from the field in scoring 23 points at Singapore. Scored 24 points vs. Sydney in the regular season finale.
Averaged 15.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Scored 20 or more points nine times. Posted a career-high 29 points on 11-for-15 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds in his professional debut at New Zealand. Tallied 28 points, five rebounds, and a season-high seven assists vs. Melbourne. Registered 18 points and set a season-high with nine rebounds vs. Cairns. Scored 24 points vs. Adelaide in the regular season finale. Notched 14 points and six rebounds at Cairns in the quarterfinals of the NBL playoffs.
Strengths: Has a unique blend of length, athleticism and skills. Is equally adept at hitting the long-range jumper or creating his own shot off the dribble. Left-handed. A terrific passer.
Personal: Enjoys watching movies, going to the beach and catching up with friends. Teammates during his two years at the Australian Institute of Sport in 2005 and 2006 include Toronto Raptors center Nathan Jawai, Washington State senior Aron Baynes, Vanderbilt sophomore Andrew Ogilvy and St. Mary’s (Calif.) sophomore Patrick Mills.