An early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: Named to the All-Big East Third Team as a sophomore. Selected to the Big East All-Rookie and All-Tournament team as a freshman. His 273 rebounds were the second most in school history by a freshman. One of 30 high school players to be invited to the USA Basketball Development Festival in 2007 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Averaged 28.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Sophomore (2009-10): Averaged 12.0 points and led the team in rebounds with 8.1 per game. Selected All-Big East Third Team. Helped lead West Virginia to its first Final Four since 1951 and the most wins in school history (31). Had nine double-figure rebounding games and seven double-doubles. Named Big East Player of the Week and USBWA’s Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week after recording 22 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists at Seton Hall. Totaled 14 points and 13 rebounds vs. Ole Miss. Collected 17 points and 11 rebounds at South Florida. Netted 21 points and seven rebounds vs. Providence. Posted 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and nine rebounds vs. UConn.
Freshman (2008-09): Averaged 10.5 points and led the team in rebounding with 7.8 boards per game.Named to the Big East All-Rookie and All-Tournament team. Had nine double-doubles on the season. Had career bests of 20 points against Pitt and 22 points against Syracuse in Big East Tournament. Totaled a career-high 18 rebounds vs. Notre Dame. Recorded 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists vs. Louisville. Other double-doubles included: 13 points and 17 rebounds vs. Davidson; 10 points and 17 rebounds against Cleveland St; 16 points and 10 rebounds vs. Villanova; 14 points and 14 rebounds vs. DePaul; 15 points and 10 rebounds at Duquesne; 12 points and 14 rebounds vs. Cincinnati and 14 points and 12 rebounds vs. Dayton.
Strengths: Solid athlete with good size on the wing. Effective shooter from mid-range. Has developed into a defensive-stopper. Good passer and rebounder.
Personal: Originally committed to play college basketball at Indiana but obtained his release from his letter of intent after head coach Kelvin Sampson’s departure from the program.