Originally an early entry candidate for the 2009 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration.
Career Highlights: All-time leading shot blocker in NCAA history with 564 blocks. Named SEC Defensive Player of the Year his final three seasons. Earned All-SEC First Team honors as a junior and senior.
Senior (2009-10): Led team in scoring (13.8 ppg), rebounds (10.3 rpg), blocks (4.7 bpg) and field-goal percentage (.582). Played in and started all 36 of the team’s games, scoring in double figures 31 times, including four games with 20 or more points and 17 double-doubles. Recorded a triple-double with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks against Arkansas. Scored a season-high 23 points on 8-for-9 shooting to go along with 17 rebounds against San Diego.
Junior (2008-09): Led team in scoring (12.9 ppg), rebounds (8.8 rpg), blocks (4.7 bpg) and field-goal percentage (.549). Played in and started all 36 of the team’s games, scoring in double figures 23 times and rebounding in double figures 13 times. Scored a career-high 31 points on 10-for-18 shooting from the field and 11-for-13 shooting from the free-throw line against LSU. Blocked a season-high nine shots against Louisiana-Monroe. Collected a season-high 16 rebounds against Fairleigh Dickinson.
Sophomore (2007-08): Led team in rebounds (7.8 rpg), blocks (4.6 bpg) and field-goal percentage (.641). Played in and started all 34 of the team’s games, scoring in double figures 12 times and rebounding in double figures 10 times. Scored a season-high 16 points twice, against Lafayette and Vanderbilt. Grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds to go along with 13 points against LSU. Blocked a career-high 10 shots three times, against Miami, Georgia, and Kentucky.
Freshman (2006-07): Led team in blocks (1.9 bpg) and field-goal percentage (.647). Played in all 35 of the team’s games, starting 13 of them. Scored a season-high 13 points, grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds, and blocked a season-high seven shots against New Orleans.
Strengths: Superb shot-blocker with great athletic ability and length. Great rebounder who finishes well around the rim. Has a developing back-to-the-basket game.
Personal: Son of Janice and Winston Varnado. Majoring in interdisciplinary studies.