Second-Team All-Big 10 as a senior. Named Most Outstanding Player of the Midwest Regional of the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
Averaged 10.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 0.5 blocks in 26.8 minutes. Shot .521 from the field and .438 from three-point range, connecting on 21 treys. Named Second-Team All-Big 10 and led the conference in rebounding. Missed six games with a left knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery. Earned Most Outstanding Player of the Midwest Regional in the NCAA Tournament, helping the Spartans reach the national title game vs. North Carolina. Totaled 17 points and 11 rebounds in the contest. Other tournament performances included: a season-high 20 points and nine rebounds vs. Kansas; 19 points and 10 rebounds vs. Louisville; and 11 points and 17 rebounds vs. Robert Morris. Recorded seven double-doubles on the campaign.
Averaged 9.1 points and 8.2 rebounds in 26.6 minutes as MSU’s starting center. Ranked first on the team in steals (38) and first in blocked shots (33). Finished second in the Big Ten in rebounds per game and fifth in field-goal percentage (.551). Grabbed 20 rebounds vs. Oakland, becoming the first Spartan to record 20 rebounds in a game since Kevin Willis did it in 1983. Eleven offensive rebounds in that game tied a single-game school record. Named Big Ten Player of the Week on March 3 after averaging 15.5 points and 12.0 rebounds in games vs. Wisconsin and Indiana. Tallied eight double-doubles. Scored a season-high 23 points vs. Memphis in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds vs. North Carolina State. Totaled 14 points and 15 rebounds vs. Wisconsin.
Paced Michigan State in rebounding at 6.7 caroms per game while adding 9.3 points in 26.9 minutes. Started 21-of-35 games. Led MSU with five double-doubles, including games vs. Youngstown State (10 points, 12 rebounds), BYU (10 points, 11 rebounds), UW-Green Bay (14 points, 15 rebounds), Ohio State (16 points and 10 rebounds) and Michigan (11 points and 10 rebounds). Scored a career-best 27 points vs. Loyola (Md.), shooting 10-of-16 from the field. Recorded 18 points and nine rebounds at Boston College. Finished Third on the team with 85 assists (2.4 apg).
Averaged 3.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.8 minutes. Started six games, including the final four contests of the season. Tied for second on the squad with 15 blocked shots. Led MSU with 10 rebounds vs. Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament. Also grabbed 10 rebounds vs. Gonzaga. Scored a season-best 12 points vs. Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament. Recorded nine points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks vs. Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne. Had eight points and seven rebounds vs. Arizona.
Sat out the season as a redshirt freshman.
Strengths: Strong positional rebounder. Understands how to use his body and is effective at controlling caroms in his rebounding space. Plays within himself. Solid passer. Outstanding face-up shooter for his position. Has good hand-eye coordination. Picks up steals on the defensive end.
Personal: Grew up outside Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Competed in Bosnia's junior national program at age 14. Moved to Lansing, Mich., before high school.