An early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: Named to the Sporting News SEC All-Freshman Team and CollegeInsider.com Freshman All-America.
Freshman (2009-10): Averaged 11.3 points, 2.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds. Came on strong toward season’s end. Tallied 15.3 points on .588 shooting from the field and .474 from three in the NCAA Tournament. Had a career-high 29 points, nailing 8-of-9 shots from behind the arc to go along with four steals, vs. East Tennessee State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The eight treys in a tournament contest were a school record (Tony Delk, seven in 1996). Notched a team-high 18 points in a career-high 43 minutes vs. Mississippi St. in the SEC Championship game. Scored 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from three-point range vs. Tennessee in an SEC Tournament contest. In an earlier meeting with the Volunteers, scored 16 points, all in the second half, to go along with four assists. Set career-highs with eight assists and four steals vs. Ole Miss. Had 13 points and tied his career-high with seven rebounds vs. Vanderbilt. Earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after averaging 19 points vs. Florida and Auburn. Set then career-highs with 25 points, seven rebounds and three steals along with five assists in a road win over Florida. Led the Wildcats with 23 points at Indiana, shooting 8-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from behind the arc. Scored 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting from behind the arc and added six assists against Sam Houston State. In his Kentucky debut, led the Wildcats with 24 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks vs. Morehead State. Earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors and become the first Wildcat since Sam Bowie vs. Duke in 1979 to score 20 or more in their debut.
High School: Averaged 20.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 11.5 assists per game as a senior. Helped lead Parker High School to a 5A state championship runner-up finish in 2009. Ranked the third-best point guard in the country and 23rd overall by Rivals.com. Participated in the 2009 Wazoo Sports Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papajohns.com.
Strengths: Great range as a shooter. A terrific athlete who plays bigger than 6-1. Has a 78-inch wingspan and 40-inch vertical leap according to his school’s website. Possesses a mature frame. Played off the ball at Kentucky and is a better distributor than his assist numbers would indicate.
Personal: Chose Kentucky over Cincinnati, Memphis, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.