An early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: As a junior in 2009-10, won the John Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy, Oscar Robertson Trophy, AP National Player of the Year and NABC Division I Player of the Year. Named 2010 Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player. As a sophomore in 2008-09, named Honorable Mention AP All-American, First Team All-Big Ten, Oscar Robertson Award Finalist, NABC All-District 7 Team and ASBWA All-District v Team. Earned a Big Ten record eight player of the week awards over his career. Represented the U.S. at the 2009 World University Games.
Junior (2009-10): Led the Big Ten in scoring (20.4 ppg), rebounding (9.2 rpg) and ranked second in assists (6.0 apg) and steals (1.7 spg). Nearly swept the annual player of the year honors and earned Big Ten Player of the Year. Returned to starting lineup vs. Indiana Jan. 6 after being injured Dec. 5 against Eastern Michigan with a transverse process fracture on the second and third lumbar vertebra. OSU went just 3-3 in games he was injured, including 0-2 in Big Ten play. Was one of just two players in the entire country to tally multiple triple-doubles. Collected 16 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds vs. Lipscomb. Registered 14 points, a career-high tying 17 rebounds and 10 assists in the season-opener vs. Alcorn State. Netted 31 points, seven rebounds and five assists in NCAA Sweet 16 vs. Tennessee. Posted 24 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in the second round vs. Georgia Tech. Earned Most Outstanding Player honors of the Big Ten Tournament after 31 points, 11 boards and six assists in championship game vs. Minnesota. Tallied 31 points and 10 rebounds in semifinal win vs. Illinois. Named Big Ten Player of the Week seven times on the year. Recorded a career-high 32 points in upset win at Purdue, including 23 in second half and 14 of the Buckeye’s final 18 points. Tied his career-high with 32 points vs. Iowa. Collected 20 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and a career-high four blocks vs. Michigan. Scored 20 of 25 points in second half of win over Penn State. Posted 29 points against Purdue. Scored 22 of his 27 points in second half vs. Penn State.
Sophomore (2008-09): Led the Big Ten in scoring (17.3). Finished third in rebounding (7.1 rpg.), fourth in steals (58), eight in assists (131), ninth in field goal percentage (.503) and 10th in free throw shooting (.788). Named First Team All-Big Ten and AP Honorable Mention All-American. Had 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in a career-high 50 minutes in a double-overtime NCAA Tournament loss to Siena. Registered at least 40 minutes in 10 contests. Totaled 24 points and a then career-high seven assists in an OT win vs. Purdue. Scored a season-best 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds at Indiana. Recorded 28 pts on 11-of-16 shooting, 10 rebounds and five assists in win over No. 7 Notre Dame. Posted nine double-doubles on the year.
Freshman (2007-08): Averaged 8.5 points and 4.4 rebounds in 27.1 minutes per game. Recorded his first career double-double against Tennessee with a season-high 21 points and 10 rebounds. Posted 16 points, a season-high 11 rebounds and six assists against Michigan. Totaled 14 points vs. Illinois. Contributed 13 points, four assists and two steals against Indiana. In NIT games, he averaged 10.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals. Scored 17 points in the semifinals vs. Mississippi and 20 vs. UMass in the final. Made 11-of-18 shots (.611) combined, also collecting 14 rebounds, nine assists and six steals over the two-game span. Had 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists vs. Dayton in the quarterfinals.
Strengths: Dangerous offensive weapon with the ball in his hands. Excellent ball-handler and knows how to create quality looks without requiring significant separation from his defender. Effective mid-range off-balance scorer. Athletic and active, he’s effective as a finisher going to the basket or rebounding in the paint. Draws help defense, freeing his teammates for open shots and can get them the ball. Plays with unselfishness.
Personal: Attended the same high school that produced NBA legend Isiah Thomas and was featured in the documentary Hoop Dreams.