CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the HEAT in the second round (41st overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft…signed with Tuscany Pistoia of the Italian Lega2 in 2010…signed with Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem of the Israeli Super League on Aug. 12, 2011…signed with Acea Virtus Roma of the Italian Lega A on Jan. 31, 2012…signed with the HEAT on Sept. 7, 2012.
2011-12 SEASON: Appeared in 14 games with Acea Virtus Roma of the Italian Lega A and averaged 10.4 points (.533 FG%, .723 FT%), 6.5 rebounds, 2.00 blocks and 23.6 minutes…appeared in 12 games with Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem of the Israeli Super League and averaged 9.3 points (.588 FG%, .415 FT%), 4.9 rebounds, 2.00 blocks and 23.6 minutes…appeared in six EuroCup games with Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem and averaged 8.3 points (.606 FG%, .455 FT%), 5.0 rebounds, 3.17 blocks, 1.3 assists and 18.2 minutes.
2010-11 SEASON: Appeared in 33 games with Tuscany Pistoia of the Italian Lega2 and averaged 15.4 points (.559 FG%, .639 FT%), 8.9 rebounds, 3.06 blocks, 1.79 steals and 30.9 minutes…named to the Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 First Team and All-Imports Team…led the team in rebound average and blocks per game and finished second in scoring average…blocked a season-high nine shots and added 22 points in a 85-72 win vs. Fastweb CM on Oct. 10…grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds vs. Umana Reyer on Nov. 28.
COLLEGE: Played four seasons at Mississippi State University and appeared in 141 games (119 starts)…averaged 10.0 points (.604 FG%, .576 FT%), 7.8 rebounds, 4.00 blocks and 25.5 minutes…finished his career as the only player in NCAA history to record at least 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 blocks…ended his career as the NCAA’s all-time leading shot blocker with 564, eclipsing the previous record of 535 held by Wocjciech Myrda of the University of Louisiana-Monroe (1998-02)…in addition to holding the NCAA and Mississippi State record for career blocks he also shattered the SEC all-time blocks record previously held by Shaquille O’Neal (412)...became the first player to be named as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in three consecutive seasons (2008, 2009 and 2010)…as a senior, appeared in 36 games (all starts) and averaged 13.8 points (.582 FG%, .610 FT%), 10.3 rebounds, 4.72 blocks and 31.7 minutes…was named both the NABC National Defensive Player of the Year and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year…tied the single-season SEC blocks record (170), a record he set his junior season…led the team in points, rebounds, blocks, field goals made and free throws made…ended the season recording a block in 53 straight games…as a junior, appeared in 36 games (all starts) and averaged 12.9 points (.549 FG%, .654 FT%), 8.8 rebounds, 4.72 blocks and 28.1 minutes…was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and the SEC Tournament MVP…was named to the All-SEC and All-Defensive teams…led the nation with a new single-season SEC record 170 blocks…surpassed Erik Dampier (249) as MSU’s all-time block leader…led the team in points, rebounds, blocks, field goals made and double-doubles…as a sophomore, appeared in 34 games (all starts) and averaged 7.9 points (.641 FG%, .500 FT%), 7.8 rebounds, 4.62 blocks and 28.5 minutes…was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year…was the Collegeinsider.com National Defensive Player of the Year…led the nation with 157 blocks, tying the SEC single season record with Shaquille O’Neal (1991-92)…his 64.1 percent shooting from the field was the fourth best in school history…had three 10-block games…recorded the school’s third ever triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks vs. Kentucky on Jan. 15…led the team in rebounds and blocks…as a freshman, appeared in 35 games (13 starts) and averaged 5.0 points (.647 FG%, .533 FT%), 4.2 rebounds, 1.91 blocks and 13.5 minutes…his team-leading 67 blocks set a new MSU freshman record.
PERSONAL: Full name is Jarvis Lamar Varnado…nickname is “Swat” because of all the shots he’s blocked…is the son of Winston and Janice Varnado…has two brothers (Jordon and Mario)…has a son (Caden)…majored in fitness management at Mississippi State…chose his mother as the person who made the biggest difference in his life because of all the sacrifices she made for him…in his free time he enjoys playing with his son and also playing video games…would like to become a coach when basketball playing career is over…favorite sport other than basketball is football, is a fan of the Tennessee Titans…wears size 17 sneakers.