An early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: As a Georgia Tech freshman, selected by the media as ACC Rookie of the Year. Named to the Sporting News All-Freshman team. An ACC All-Tournament First Team selection. Earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors four times. Parade Magazine’s High School Player of the Year in 2009. Won MVP honors at both the McDonald's All-American game and the Jordan Brand Classic.
Freshman (2009-10): Averaged 12.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 27.5 minutes per game. Ranked fourth in the ACC in rebounding average and second in blocks.Paced all ACC freshmen in scoring, rebounding, double-doubles, blocked shots and field goal percentage. Named ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC All-Freshman by conference media. Also a member of Sporting News’ National All-Freshman team. Earned ACC All-Tournament First Team laurels after averaging 17 points and 9.8 rebounds per game while hitting 65.8 percent of his shots from the floor. Scored a career-high 22 points with 11 rebounds in the championship game against Duke. Led the nation and the ACC in field goal percentage heading into the NCAA Tournament, but fell below the required minimums on field goals made. Finished the year strong, averaging 15.6 points and 9.1 rebounds over the final 11 contests, shooting 64.2 percent from the floor. Posted 21 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, including eight offensive boards, at Maryland. Tallied 18 points and nine rebounds vs. UNC, converting 7-of-8 field goals. Collected 17 points and 14 rebounds midway through the year vs. Clemson. Had 11 double-doubles, six in ACC games. Reached double-digits in rebounding 12 games and scoring 27 times. Earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors four times.
High School: Averaged 28.1 points, 13.3 rebounds, 5.0 blocks, 3.0 steals and 2.0 assists per game as a senior at South Atlanta. Finished with school career records in points (2,341), rebounds (1,511) and blocked shots (741). Earned MVP honors at both the McDonald's All-American game and the Jordan Brand Classic . Also tabbed to play for the USA Junior National Select team that played in the Nike Hoop Summit. Named the High School Player of the Year by Parade, USA Today, the Atlanta Tipoff Club and MaxPreps. Voted as Mr. Basketball in the state of Georgia by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Atlanta Tipoff Club and earned first-team all-state honors four times. Led South Atlanta to a 27-3 record and a spot in the state playoffs as a junior.
Strengths: A fluid athlete. Quick leaper. Terrific wingspan. Soft touch on his turnaround jumper and hook. Shows promise in terms of his low post footwork. Can make an immediate impact as a finisher and shot-blocker, and be productive on the glass.
Personal: Began playing basketball at the age of 10 after watching Kobe Bryant play a game. Played for the same Atlanta AAU squad that Dwight Howard and Josh Smith competed for.