An early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft. Originally an early entry candidate for the 2009 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration.
Career Highlights: Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America as a junior. Two-time First Team All-SEC as a junior and sophomore, named Second Team as a freshman. The 10th fastest player to reach UK's 1,000-point club, in 58 games. A 2007 McDonald’s All-American as a high school senior. Selected for the 2007 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team. MVP of the 2006 National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp.
Junior (2009-10): Averaged 14.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. Shot .575 from the field and .348 from three. Named First Team All-SEC, AP Honorable Mention All-American, USBWA All-District IV Team and NABC All-District 21 Second Team. Scored 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting in the first round of the NCAA Tournament vs. East Tennessee State. Led UK with 13 boards and 12 boards vs. West Virginia and Cornell, respectively, in the postseason. Contributed 20 points vs. Alabama in the SEC Tournament. Scored team-high 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting vs. South Carolina. Tallied 21 points, nine rebounds and three assists vs. Austin Peay. Registered 20 points and nine rebounds against Sam Houston State. Shot 8-of-9 from the field. Netted 20 points and 12 rebounds while converting 9-of-12 field goals vs. Morehead State. Led UK with 19 points and seven rebounds in the win over UNC. Accumulated 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds against Rider. Contributed 19 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks at Mississippi State. Collected 19 points and 11 rebounds at Indiana. Posted 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks at Georgia. Recorded 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting vs. Louisville.
Sophomore (2008-09): The only SEC player to rank in the top-five in scoring (17.9 ppg) and rebounding (9.3 rpg). Shot .603 from the field. Named First-Team All-SEC and NABC Second Team All-District. Led the SEC with 15 double-doubles, becoming the first Wildcat since 1989 to record four straight in a season. Posted a career-high 33 points on 15-of-17 shooting and 11 rebounds against Tennessee State. Scored 31 points vs. Lamar on 11-of-12 shooting and 9-of-11 from the free throw line. Posted 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting with 12 rebounds, six assists and four blocks vs. Longwood. Contributed 28 points and 12 rebounds (nine offensive) at South Carolina. Tallied 28 points and nine rebounds vs. LSU. Had 28 points vs. South Carolina. Totaled 27 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks vs. Florida Atlantic. Registered 22 points and 15 rebounds at Louisville. Netted 21 points and a career-high 18 rebounds vs. Auburn. Accumulated 19 points and 11 rebounds at No. 1 UNC. Led Kentucky with 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting vs. Tennessee. Grabbed 16 rebounds vs. Miami. Blocked a career-high eight blocks vs. Georgia.
Freshman (2007-08): Averaged 16.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, shooting .574 from the field. Named SEC Co-Freshmanof the Year by league coaches. Also named Second-Team All-SEC and Second Team All-District by NABC. Had six double-doubles, the most for a UK freshman since Jamal Mashburn’s six in 1990-91. Earned SEC Freshman of the Week three times. Totaled nine 20-point games. Had 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in win over No. 3 Tennessee. Registered 23 points and 12 rebounds while playing 50 minutes of UK’s double-OT win over Vanderbilt. Recorded 19 points and nine rebounds against North Carolina. Suffered season ending stress fracture in his left ankle, missing final five games.
Strengths: Active forward with a lot of intangibles. Possesses solid athleticism and strength. Long wingspan. Can score with his back to the basket or hit 15-to-20 foot jump shot.
Personal: Played high school basketball with current Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo.