HOMETOWN: LITHONIA, GA.
Expected to take on one of the team's top offensive roles ... Has gained strength from his dedication in the weight room the last year and a half ... A terrific finisher around the rim ... Has range out to the three-point line, but is better from the mid-range and in ... Has 7-foot-3 wingspan that he uses to his advantage ... Has ability to keep possessions alive by offensive rebounds/tips with his length ... Also able to block and alter shots on the defensive end with his wingspan.
Has played in 111 games, starting 75 ... Averaging 8.1 points and 6.2 rebounds ... Shooting 44.3 percent from the field and 68.4 percent from the free throw line ... Has 100 assists, 167 blocks and 97 steals ... No. 7 on the Memphis all-time blocked shots chart with 167 swats ... Has nine career double-doubles.
What Could Happen In 2008-09
Will join the Tiger 1,000-point club as the 44th or 45th member (Antonio Anderson will also reach the 1,000-point milestone this season) ... On his average of 301 points per season, could climb as high as No. 23 on the Memphis career scoring list ... Has 684 rebounds, and on his average of 288 boards per season, would finish career with 912 ... Could climb as high as No. 6 on the Tiger all-time rebounding chart ... On his average of 56 blocks per season, could climb as high as No. 6 on the Memphis career blocks chart.
During his career, helped guide the Tigers to three-straight 30-win seasons and three-consecutive postseason appearances (3 NCAA) ... Team posted a combined record of 104-10 during his three seasons (.912 winning percentage) ... The 104 victories are tied for the most wins in a three-year span in NCAA Division I history (Kentucky won 104 from 1996-98) ... The 71 victories in the last two seasons (2006-07, 2007-08) are the second-most in a two year span in NCAA Division I history (Montana State won 72 from 1928-29) ... Tigers advanced to the 2008 NCAA title game and 2007 and 2006 NCAA Elite Eights ... Helped lead Memphis to a 38-2 overall record and the NCAA championship game, where the Tigers finished as national runner-up to Kansas ... The 38 wins are the most for a single season in NCAA Division I history ... Memphis advanced to the Final Four for first time since 1985 and the NCAA title game for the first time since 1973 ... Tigers climbed to the No. 1 spot in both national polls for first time since 1983 ... Memphis held on to No. 1 national ranking for a school-record five-straight weeks ... Tigers began 2007-08 season with a 26-0 record, the longest win streak and best start to a campaign in school history ... Memphis won three-straight Conference USA regular season and tournament titles (2006, 2007, 2008) ... In 2006-07 and 2007-08, Memphis posted undefeated 16-0 records in C-USA play - a first in league history ... In 2005-06 and 2006-07, Memphis posted back-to-back 33-4 overall records.
2007-08 Season (Junior)
Played in 37 games, starting 36 ... Missed two late November games due to a foot injury ... Did not play in a mid-February game as a result of being suspended for violation of team policy ... Team's third-leading scorer (9.2 ppg) and second-leading rebounder (6.8 rpg) ... Second on the team in blocks with 68 ... Shot 44 percent from the field and 67.5 percent from the free throw line ... Tied for fourth on team with 41 steals ... Posted five double-doubles ... Had nine double-figure rebounding games ... Ranked among Conference USA leaders in rebounding (7th) and blocked shots (5th) ... During one stretch from Jan. 3-30, hit 24-of-25 from the free throw line (96 percent) ... Postseason (NCAA/C-USA Tournaments): Started all nine postseason games ... Averaged 8.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks ... Grabbed seven or more boards in five of the nine postseason contests ... Shot 42.2 percent from the field ... In NCAA Tournament, averaged 8.2 points, 6.5 boards and 1.8 blocks while shooting 38.3 percent from the floor and 63.2 percent from the free throw line ... Posted a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds vs. Kansas in NCAA championship game ... Had six points, three blocks and three steals vs. UCLA in national semifinal (Final Four) ... Averaged 8.5 boards in NCAA Tournament South Region games vs. Texas (7 rebounds) and Michigan State (10 rebounds) ... Scored 12 points and pulled down five rebounds vs. Texas-Arlington ... In three Conference USA Tournament games, averaged 8.7 points, 7.3 boards and 1.3 blocks ... Grabbed 11 rebounds vs. Southern Miss in the C-USA Tournament semifinal ... Had 14 points and nine rebounds vs. Tulane in the C-USA Tournament quarterfinal ... Conference USA play: Played in 15 league games ... Suspended from playing in SMU game as a result of violation of team policy ... Averaged 8.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks ... Shot 45 percent from the field and 73.8 percent from the foul line ... Had 27 blocks and 16 steals ... Had 11 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and three steals in a home win over Tulsa ... Scored 14 points at Tulane ... Grabbed eight boards at UAB ... Had eight points, 11 rebounds, three assists, four blocks and no turnovers (26 minutes) vs. Houston ... Posted 11 points and six boards vs. UCF and nine points and eight rebounds vs. UTEP ... Scored a career-high 21 points in a Tiger win at Houston ... Also grabbed seven rebounds vs. the Cougars ... Hit a career-best nine field goals at Houston ... Grabbed 10 boards in a home win over Southern Miss ... Opened C-USA play with back-to-back double-doubles vs. Marshall (18 points-12 rebounds) and East Carolina (13-10) ... Tied a career high with five blocks vs. East Carolina ... Non-conference play (regular season games only):Played in 13 of 15 non-Conference USA games ... Missed two late November games vs. Arkansas State and Austin Peay due to a foot injury ... Averaged 10.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks vs. non-league foes ... Shot 44.1 percent from the floor and 67.4 percent from the foul line ... Had 11 points and six boards vs. Pepperdine ... Recorded a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds vs. Siena ... Also had three blocks in the win over the Saints ... Scored 18 points and added five boards vs. Arizona ... Had 19 points and six boards in a home win over Georgetown ... Scored 11 points and added seven rebounds, five blocks and six steals vs. Middle Tennessee ... The five blocks tied a career high and the six swipes were a career best ... Came back from injury to score 13 points and grab eight boards vs. Southern Cal ... Netted eight points and pulled down eight boards vs. Connecticut in 2k Sports College Hoops Classic title game ... Averaged 9.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in the two games vs. Richmond (9 points-8 rebounds) and Tennessee-Martin (10-10) in the 2k Sports College Hoops Classic/Memphis Regional.