An early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: An AP Honorable Mention All-American as a freshman as well as 2010 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Led the nation in blocks with 5.35 per game. His 182 blocks in a season were the fourth-most ever in D-1 history. Led the nation in triple-doubles with three.
Freshman (2009-10): Averaged 13.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and a Division I leading 5.35 blocks per game. Broke school records for blocks in a season and career with 182, the fourth most in D-1 history and second highest by a freshman. Didn’t start until his 10th appearance of the season and played an average of 26.1 minutes. Fouled out just once and finished with a respectable 2.2-to-1 ratio between blocks and personal fouls. Earned AP Honorable Mention All-American laurels. Named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and Conference USA Freshman of the Year. Other honors included: Sporting News Second Team freshman All-American; Second Team All Conference USA; Conference USA All-Freshman Team and All-Defensive Team; and Second Team NABC All-District 11. Recorded 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 blocks vs. Brescia to become the first freshman in conference history to record a triple-double. Also tied a league record for most blocks in a game. Scored 14 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked 10 shots vs. Central Florida for his second triple-double of the season. In Marshall’s follow-up match-up with UCF, recorded a Division I leading third triple-double with 14 points, 13 blocks, and 11 rebounds. Block total was a school and conference record. Tallied another near triple-double with 14 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocks vs. Ohio. Netted 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting, 12 rebounds and eight blocks vs. Tulane. Contributed 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting, eight rebounds and seven blocks vs. Memphis. Collected 17 points, including 15 in the second half, in only 19 minutes vs. St. Bonaventure, also adding 12 rebounds and six blocks. Tallied 19 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks vs. Rice and 18 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks vs. Troy.
High School: Played prep basketball at the Patterson School in Lenoir, N.C., in 2008-09. Helped lead Patterson with current Marshall teammate DeAndre Kane to a 34-2 record and a No. 1 national ranking. Played in the 2009 Reebok All-American preview game. Attended Hope Christian Academy (Charlotte, N.C.) during the 2007-08 school year. Averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5.5 blocked shots per game in 2006-07 at East Side High School in Newark, N.J. Chose Marshall over UConn, Louisville and West Virginia, among others.
Strengths: Remarkable shot-blocker. Huge upside. Very long and active around the basket. Solid face-up shooter.
Personal: Father, Hassan Arbubakrr, played in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.