An early entry candidate for the 2003 NBA Draft. Named to PARADE All-America High School Boys Basketball First Team. Named to USA Today High School Boys Basketball All-USA Second Team. Named a 2003 McDonald’s High School All-America player and played in the McDonald’s High School All-America Game. Was scheduled to play in the EA Sports Roundball Classic, but withdrew from the game due to injury.
High School Career Highlights: Led Ozen High School to a 96-3 record over his final three high school seasons. Ozen captured four consecutive District championships, won the state 4A title his sophomore season and lost in the state 4A title game his junior and senior seasons. He was named All-State for three consecutive seasons beginning with his sophomore season.
2003 McDonald’s All-American Game: Was very productive in short minutes, compiling six points (3for-5 shooting), five rebounds, two blocks and one steal in only 12 minutes of playing time as his West team dropped a 122-107 decision to the East. Was also selected to play in the EA Sports Roundball Classic but withdrew from the game due to injury.
Senior (2002-03): Averaged 27.5 points, 16.4 rebounds and 7.8 blocked shots. He helped Ozen to a 33-1 record, with the only loss a 66-54 setback to Fort Worth Dunbar in the state 4A championship game, played before 16,258 fans at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. He scored 18 points and gathered 13 rebounds despite Dunbar’s mostly successful efforts at preventing him from receiving passes inside.
Strengths: A dominant post-up player at the high school level. He has excellent hands to catch most every entry pass and has a polished jump hook and a workable drop step move to the basket. An intimidating shot blocking force at the high school level.
Personal: Raised by his grandparents after his mother died when he was five years old. High school coach at Ozen was Andre Boutte, a former collegiate player at North Texas from 1983 to 1986.