2007-08:Profile | Photo gallery | Wallpaper For failing to adhere to standards of behavior expected by the team, he was suspended for the first three games of the regular season…he then played double-digit minutes in each of the next 18 games and averaged 9.5 ppg in that span…in those 18 games, he shot nearly 46 percent from the floor (.459) and hit 20-55 from 3-pt range (.364)…scoring 20+ points for the first time in his career, he hit on 8-11 FGS, 3-5 3-pt FGS and 5-5 FTS for a team-leading 24 points in the Pacers' loss to the L.A. Lakers, 11/20…that was the first of three games in 2007-08 in which he scored 20 or more points…in the first of his three starts in 2007-08, he had one of the best all-around games of his brief career in the Pacers' win at Denver, 11/27…against the Nuggets, he scored 21 points to go along with a career-best 11 rebounds, a career-high tying three assists and a blocked shot…he logged 32 minutes in that game for his first, and only, game with 30+ minutes in two NBA seasons…just three games later he had nine rebounds against the Clippers, 12/2, and that effort featured a career-high five offensive rebounds…in all he played in 65 games and averaged 6.7 ppg with 2.7 rpg…he scored 10 or more points a total of 20 times, but just three times in his last 17 outings…in his last 17 appearances, he shot 32-88 from the floor (.364) and 6-36 3-pt FGS (.167)…through the first game of February (vs. Houston, 2/1), he had shot better than 37 percent from behind the 3-pt arc (33-89, .371) in 40 appearances…in his last 25 games, however, he made just 10 3-pt FGS and had more than one just two times…in his final 25 games, he shot 10-58 3-pt FGS (.172)…in his first 40 outings, he had made at least two 3-pt FGS eight times, including six of his first 12 games…he connected a career-high three from long range three times, including a 3-3 night against the Rockets, 2/1….in 65 games, he handed out a total of 59 assists and had more than one 18 times…he tied his career-high with three assists on five separate occasions in 2007-08…after blocking just eight shots in his rookie season, he rejected 26 shots in 2007-08…he blocked a career-high three shots in the Pacers' win vs. Utah, 11/17, and those were his first blocked shots of the campaign…he had four other games with two blocked shots.
2006-07 After spending the first 22 regular-season games on the inactive list, he made his debut with a splash, scoring 13 points at Chicago, 12/22, on 6-9 FGS and 1-3 3-pt FGS...his 13 points are the most by a Pacers’ rookie in his regular-season debut since Chuck Person scored 17 in 1986...he is the first Pacers’ rookie to score in double figures in his debut since Jonathan Bender in 1999 and just the third since Reggie Miller scored 10 points vs. Philadelphia, 11/6/87...in that game against the Bulls, he added two assists, two blocked shots, a steal and a rebound in 27 minutes...that was one of just five stints of double-digit minutes in his first 27 appearances and it was his only game with 10+ points in his first 36 outings...he made appearances in 23 of the team’s last 25 games, missing the game vs. Philadelphia, 3/10, due to a coaching decision and the final game of the season vs. Washington due to a sprained left ankle...in his final 11 appearances, he scored in double figures five times and averaged 7.9 ppg...in those 11 games, he shot 35-60 from the floor (.583)...in his first 35 outings he shot just 40-100 FGS (.400)...he also hit nine of his last 17 attempts from 3-pt range, after starting the season 10-35 (.286) from behind the 3-pt arc...he made a season-high two 3-pt FGS five times and hit 2-2 from long range in three games -- including consecutive games at Miami, 4/13, and vs. New Jersey, 4/15...he averaged just 1.8 rpg, but in his last 26 outings he averaged 2.5 rpg and had four or more boards seven times...in a four-game span from 4/10 to 4/15, he averaged 5.0 rpg and had a season-best six boards twice...nine of his 20 rebounds in that four-game span came at the offensive end and he totaled 33 offensive rebounds on the season...he had at least one offensive board in each of his last eight games and averaged 1.6 orpg in that stretch...for the season, he had three or more offensive rebounds three times, two of which came in his final five games...after blocking two shots in his debut against the Bulls, 12/11, he had a total of six more the rest of the season and that contest at Chicago was his only game with multiple rejections.
COLLEGE Having helped lead Memphis to a 33-4 overall record (the best single-season mark in school history) with averages of 13.2 ppg and 6.2 rpg, he was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year and was named to several Freshman All-America teams, including: The Sporting News, CollegeInsider.com, Rivals.com and CollegeHoops.net…he was selected one of seven Diaper Dandies to make an impact in the 2006 NCAA Tournament by Dick Vitale of ESPN.com…in addition, he was named to the All-Conference USA third team and Conference USA All-Freshman Team…after averaging 18.0 ppg and 6.7 rpg in three games, he was selected the Conference USA Tournament MVP…after a 23-point, eight-rebound performance against Houston in the semifinals, he scored 18 points with eight rebounds in the C-USA Championship against Alabama-Birmingham…during the season, he scored 474 points and had 26 double-figure scoring games…he ranked among Conference USA leaders in scoring (11th), rebounding (seventh), free throw percentage (fourth) and blocked shots (fourth)…while leading the conference's freshman in scoring and rebounding, he was second among Conference USA freshmen in steals (1.39 spg) and was fifth in assists (1.86 apg)…while ranking third on the team in scoring (13.2 ppg) and second in rebounds (6.2 rpg), he led the team in free throw shooting percentage at 78.6 percent…he was second on the squad in blocked shots (49)…he posted five double-doubles, including 21 points and 10 rebounds vs. Lamar; 14 points and 11 boards vs. Gonzaga; 13 points and 12 rebounds vs. East Carolina; 21 points and a career-high 14 rebounds vs. Tennessee and 10 points and 12 boards vs. Alabama-Birmingham…he was named Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week in late November following his performance in the NIT Season Tip-Off after averaging 20.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg in games vs. UCLA and Duke…he had his best offensive outing of the season with 26 points in the NIT Tip-Off semifinals against UCLA.
HIGH SCHOOL He played the 2004-05 season for Laurinburg Prep, a team that recruiting analysts/publications have called the top all-time prep squad…he helped lead Laurinburg to a 40-0 record and the 2004-05 prep school national championship…No. 1 Laurinburg Prep defeated No. 2 Hargrave Military Academy 95-83 for the national title and he had 13 points in the prep national championship game…he averaged 16.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 3.5 apg at Laurinburg Prep…he was named to the 2005 Scout.com prep All-America first team…he played in the Reebok/EA Sports Roundball Classic All-Star Game (Chicago) and The Jordan Classic (New York) following the 2004-05 campaign…he had 12 points, one rebound and two assists for the winning West Team in the Roundball Classic…he netted 15 points for the victorious Gray Team in the Jordan Classic…prior to 2004-05 season, he ranked as the No. 2 player in the 2005 class by Prep Stars’ Rob Harrington on USAToday.com…he transferred to Laurinburg from Memphis' Hamilton High School in February of 2004…at Hamilton High School, he averaged 21.9 ppg, 12.0 rpg and 5.1 apg in 2002-03, earning Tennessee All-State First Team honors…he was named MVP of the AAU National Championship in the summer of 2003, helping lead the Memphis YOMCA (Youth of Memphis Competitors Association) team to the 17-and-under national crown.