An early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: An Associated Press First Team All-America as a freshman. Named to the John R. Wooden Award All-American Team and was a ballot selection for the 2010 Wooden Award. A finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy. Selected as SEC Freshman of the Year, First Team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman team. A member of the 2009 USA Junior National Select Team as a high school senior.
Freshman (2009-10): Averaged 15.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in just 23.5 minutes per outing. Led the SEC with 20 double-doubles, setting anew UK freshman record (11, Chris Mills). Had career highs in points (27) and rebounds (18) vs. Sam Houston State. Also had 27 points, along with 12 boards and three blocks, at South Carolina. Registered 24 points and 10 rebounds vs. UNC Asheville. Posted a 19-point, 8-rebound effort vs. Wake Forest in the NCAA Tournament Second Round, shooting 9-of-10 from the field. Contributed a 19-point, 15-rebound effort vs. Tennessee in the SEC Tournament. Named SEC Freshman of the Week after collecting 19 points at Vanderbilt and 19 points and 14 rebounds at Mississippi State. Earned the same honor earlier after tallying 19 points and 14 rebounds at LSU and 18 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks vs. Ole Miss. Tied his career-high with 18 rebounds to go along with 18 points vs. Louisville.
High School: Averaged 24.1 points, 13.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 3.2 blocks and 5.1 steals per game as a senior. A Parade All-American. Finished the McDonald's All-American Game with 14 points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes of play. A member of the 2009 USA Junior National Select Team. Participated in the Jordan Classic All-Star Game and Nike Hoop Summit. Ranked the second best recruit in the country by Rivals.com.
Strengths: Difficult for opponents to physically match up with. Long, strong and can jump. Excellent scorer around the basket. A dominant rebounder who is especially effective on the offensive boards. Very good shot-blocker. Plays with toughness.
Personal: Chose Kentucky over N.C. State, Washington, Memphis, UAB and Kansas State.