The only Indiana player to log 1,000+ minutes without a start, he played in all 66 games and averaged 9.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 21.8 minutes per game...though his rebounding average ranked fifth on the team, he was third with 113 offensive rebounds...he averaged 1.77 orpg and had three or more 16 times...he collected a season-high 13 rebounds in the season-opener vs. Detroit, 12/26, and five of those came at the offensive end...he gathered a season-high six offensive rebounds against the Bobcats in Charlotte, 2/22...he had 10+ rebounds twice in the season’s first three contests...but, those would be his only games in double figures, until having 10 boards in the win at Houston, 4/1...he averaged 11.0 rpg in the season’s first three games and then just 4.1 rpg the rest of the campaign...including ties, he led the Pacers in rebounds five times and he topped Indiana in scoring twice...he was second on the team with 226 free throws made and 278 attempts from the foul line...he attempted 10+ free throws three times, including a high of 11 at Miami, 1/4...he missed just one of those and his 10-11 FT were both one short of his most ever in the NBA...he scored at least eight points in each of the season’s first 11 games, hitting double-digits in nine of those...in that 11-game span, he averaged 12.2 ppg and had a streak of seven games in a row with 10+ points from 12/30 to 1/9...in those seven games, he averaged 12.9 ppg...he scored in double figures just 20 times the rest of the season, including a season-best 22 points at Charlotte, 2/22...with his 12 points at San Antonio, 3/31, he hit the 1,500-point mark in his NBA career...after going the first eight games without an assist, he had 30 in the last 58 contests, including a season-high two on six different occasions...fourth on the team with 54 steals, he had a string of seven straight games in March without a theft, then had at least one theft in 13 of the last 19 games—averaging 1.05 spg in that span...in that 19-game stretch he went more than one game without a steal once, having none in games at Houston, 4/1, and vs. New York, 4/3.
Appearing in 22 of the team’s first 32 games, he averaged 12.90 mpg, 5.0 ppg and 3.3 rpg, while shooting 43.0 percent from the floor and just under 78 percent from the foul line (.778)…from that point on, he averaged 13.7 points, 6.1 rebound and 26.1 minutes per game in 48 appearances--29 of which were starts...he tallied what was then a career-high 26 points vs. Philadelphia--the most points scored off the bench by a Pacers’ player during the season and that was the first of his five straight games with 20+ points, culminated by his raising his career-high in points in consecutive games against the Knicks...at New York, 1/13, he led the Pacers to a blowout win by scoring 29 points on 12-20 FG and 5-7 FT...he followed that up with the first 30-point game of his career on 12-17 FG and 6-8 FT against the Knicks in a two-point win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 1/15...five straight games with 20+ points was the longest streak by any Indiana player in 2010-11 and those five games were part of a career-high 13-game streak (2/27-3/19) of scoring in double figures....in that streak, he averaged 19.2 ppg, shot 97-192 (.505) from the floor and made 55-74 free throws (.743)…he gathered in 5.2 rpg, but was third on the team with 145 offensive boards (2.07 orpg)…beginning with his seven rebounds off the bench at Oklahoma City, 3/2, he had at least seven boards in 12 of 18 games. including four double-digit games and a career-high tying 12 rebounds in the Pacers’ overtime win over Chicago, 3/18…on the season, he collected 10+ rebounds seven times and recorded double-doubles in all seven...his 12 boards vs. Detroit, 2/23, included a career-high eight offensive rebounds, tying the most by a Pacers’ player in 2010-11.
After missing all of training camp, the preseason and the first four games of the regular season with an injury to his shin, he made his NBA debut against the Washington Wizards, 11/6…he tallied 13 points against Washington, including 7-10 from the foul line…at the time, he was just the second Indiana player to have attempted 10 or more free throws in a game…he made and attempted 10 free throws in the game at Miami, 12/27, becoming the first player in Pacers’ history to record a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) to register a double-double without benefit of making a field goal…including a season-high 21 points vs. New Jersey, 12/11, he scored in double figures 11 times…after averaging 3.8 rpg in his first 14 appearances, he led the Pacers with 11 rebounds at Portland, 12/9…against the Blazers, he gathered a season-high seven offensive rebounds, tying Roy Hibbert for second most by any Indiana player in 2009-10…despite having played just 29 games, he was fourth on the team with 60 offensive rebounds…he and Hibbert were the only Indiana players to average at least two offensive rebounds per game for the seasosn…the game at Portland was the first of his three double-doubles in 2009-10…in his last 15 appearances he averaged 5.7 rpg and collected 10+ rebounds three times…he recorded the first steals of his career with a team-high three against the Cavs, 11/20, his most steals of the season, a figure he tied in the game with New Jersey, 12/11…he had a total of four games with multiple thefts, including consecutive games (vs. Charlotte, 12/16; at Memphis, 12/18) with two steals…he blocked eight shots, two of which came against Milwaukee, 12/11, and that was his only outing with multiple rejections…he sat out 49 of the season’s final 53 games with an inner ear infection.
2011-12: He played in all 11 postseason games, averaging 4.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 14.9 minutes per outing...he had his best overall game of the playoffs when he opened the series vs. Orlando with seven points and seven rebounds, 4/28...that was his most rebounds of the 2012 postseason and seven points were his most of the series...after totaling 12 points in the ensuing four games of the Orlando series, he opened the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Miami with eight points on 4-5 FG at Miami, 5/13...but, he would shoot 5-21 from the floor the rest of the series...in the Game 6 loss to the Heat, 5/24, he had five rebounds, including a postseason career-best equaling four offensive boards...2010-11: He made a splash in his postseason debut, scoring 22 points on 10-19 FG and 2-3 FT in Game 1 vs. Chicago, 4/16…he and Danny Granger were the only Pacers’ players to score 20 or more points in any game during the series…he would score 20 points in the next three games combined, before registering the first double-double of his postseason career with 14 points and 11 rebounds in Game 5 at Chicago, 4/2/6…for the series, he averaged 11.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game…following his 10-19 FG shooting in Game 1, he hit just 10-41 (.244) from the floor in the remaining three games of the series…among the Pacers’ best foul shooters in the series with Chicago, he was 16-18 from the line (.889), including 8-9 in Game 5, 4/26...his 16 points and 18 attempts from the free throw line both led the Pacers…the only Indiana player to have at least one steal in all five games against the Bulls, he had a career-best two in Game 2 at Chicago, 4/18.
The most decorated and honored player in North Carolina Tar Heels history, he was the first player in ACC history to not only be named First Team All-ACC four times, but to also be named to a First Team All-American squad in each of his four seasons….the fifth player in ACC history to lead his school in scoring in four straight seasons, he is the only player in the history of the conference to also lead his team in rebounding all four seasons…he made a school-record 939 field goals in his career and holds the UNC record for field goal attempts (1,752)...he ended his career having scored in double figures in 133 of 142 games and had 78 20-point performances...he had a 55-game double figure streak that was the second-longest in UNC history and equaled the 11th-longest in ACC history…he averaged 20.2 ppg in his career, and was just the second player in ACC history to play four seasons and average better than 20 points (joining Rodney Monroe of NC State)...he registered 47 career double-doubles, tied with Sam Perkins for third-most points-rebounds double-doubles by a Tar Heel...he finished his career shooting 982-1241 from the free throw line--shattering the NCAA record that stood for 54 years...he was the only 2,000-point scorer in ACC history to make more free throws than field goals and he finished second in NCAA history in free throw attempts...he grabbed 1,219 rebounds in his career, ninth in ACC history and the most in Tar Heels’ history...2008-09: The Tar Heels’ co-MVP with Ty Lawson, he finished third in the ACC Player of the Year balloting behind teammate Ty Lawson and Florida State’s Toney Douglas, after finishing the year second in the ACC in scoring at 20.7 ppg and sixth in field goal percentage, free throw percentage and rebounding...he made a career-best 28 straight free throws early in the season and shot a career-best 84.1 percent from the free throw line, improving his free throw accuracy for a third straight season…he scored 18 points in each of North Carolina’s Final Four wins vs. Villanova and Michigan State and was subsequently named to the All-Final Four team…he added 11 rebounds against Villanova for his final collegiate double-double…2007-08: The consensus National Player of the Year, he was the 11th Tar Heel to earn NPOY honors and was the fourth player in ACC history to win National Player of the Year, ACC Player of the Year, ACC Tournament MVP and NCAA Regional MVP honors in the same season…he was voted the ACC Male Athlete of the Year (only the third Tar Heel to win the award in 24 years)…he tied the ACC single-season record by scoring in double figures in 39 games…he scored 882 points, second-most in school history, and the most since Lennie Rosenbluth had 895 in 1956-57...he was second in total points in the NCAA behind Davidson’s Stephen Curry (931)...he had 399 rebounds, a UNC single-season record and led the ACC in scoring and rebounding...ranked 12th nationally in scoring and 17th in rebounding, he was the first player to lead the ACC in both categories since Antawn Jamison in 1997-98…his average of 22.6 ppg was the highest average by a Tar Heel since 1970...he averaged 10.2 rebounds per game, becoming the seventh Tar Heel to lead the ACC in rebounding and just the third Tar Heel in 30 years to average a double-double…2006-07: A consensus first-team All-America, he was voted UNC’s Most Valuable Player by his teammates and coaches...a unanimous first-team All-ACC selection for the second consecutive year, he led UNC and was fourth in the ACC in scoring with an average of 18.4 points per game...he led the team and was second in the ACC in rebounds (7.9 per game)...he grabbed double figures in rebounds 11 times...he was sixth in the ACC in field goal percentage and ninth in free throw percentage, and was one of three players (along with Florida State’s Al Thornton and BC’s Jared Dudley) to rank in the Top 10 in both field goal and free throw accuracy...he was second on the team in steals with 41...2005-06: The only player in ACC history to earn First Team All-America honors as a freshman, he was so honored by The Sporting News and Rupp and was named third-team All-America by the Associated Press, NABC and Basketball Times...he was only the third ACC freshman to earn AP All-America honors, joining Kenny Anderson and Stephon Marbury of Georgia Tech...he was selected the National Freshman of the Year by USBWA, ESPN.com, The Sporting News and Basketball Times...he also earned unanimous selection as the ACC Rookie of the Year and was the first freshman to earn unanimous first-team All-ACC honors in league history...second in the ACC in scoring, he had the highest scoring average ever by a Tar Heel freshman at 18.9 per game...he led the ACC in offensive rebounds (3.58 per game)...the first Tar Heel freshman to lead the team in scoring and rebounding, he was the first Tar Heel, and seventh ACC player, to lead his team in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and steals in the same season…he shot a Smith Center record 14-14 from the line against NC State and was 13-14 vs. Miami...he averaged 20.4 points and 7.6 rebounds (3.9 offensive boards) and shot 56.2 percent from the floor and 78.7 percent from the line in ACC games.