An early entry candidate for the 2008 NBA Draft. Originally an early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft as a high school senior before withdrawing his name from consideration and enrolling at Kansas, and again in 2007 following his sophomore season at KU prior to withdrawing his name after sustaining a knee injury.
Career Highlights: A member of the 2008 NCAA Menís Champion Kansas Jayhawks. A two-time Wooden Award All-America candidate (2006-07 and 2007-08). Named to the NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team during Kansasí 2007 postseason run. Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2005-06.
Junior (2007-08): Helped Kansas to its first menís basketball title since 1988. A Wooden Award All-America Candidate. An All-Big 12 First Team selection. Scored a season-high 28 points on five-of-eight shooting from deep in a win over Texas A&M. Pulled down a season best 10 rebounds against Eastern Washington. Posted 25 points and seven rebounds in the national semifinals in a win over North Carolina.
Sophomore (2006-07): Tallied double-digit scoring efforts in 30 of 38 games, including a 21-point, six-rebound, four-assist effort against Northern Arizona. Connected on a career-best 6-of-7 three-point field goal attempts en route to 19 points against Kentucky. Connected on a career-best nine-of-10 free throws vs. Oklahoma State.
Freshman (2005-06): Became the first Kansas freshman in history to lead the Jayhawks in scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounding (5.9 rpg), also becoming the conferenceís first freshman to garner All-Big 12 First Team honors. Posted a 24-point, 11-rebound effort against Texas Tech. Connected on an astounding .472 from distance. Posted a career-high four steals vs. Baylor and a career-high four blocks vs. Toledo.
Strengths: A strong, versatile player who has good size as a two-guard and is athletic enough to play the three. An excellent shooter from distance and an efficient rebounder.
Personal: Brother, Kareem, was a two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection at Missouri in 2001 and 2002 prior to playing in the NBA. Brother JaRon played at UCLA.