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Pittsburgh ● Sophomore ● Forward ● 6-7 ● 265 ● 4/22/89
15.7 ppg ● 12.3 rpg ● 1.2 apg (2008-09)
2008-09 (Sophomore): First Team All-America selection by the Associated Press Became Pitt's first First Team AP All-America pick since Don Hennon (1958) First Team All-America selection by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Wooden All-America Team selection and one of three finalists for the John R. Wooden National Player of the Year Award Sports Illustrated First Team All-America selection First Team All-America selection by The Sporting News State Farm NABC All-America Team selection, one of only 10 players named to the team CollegeHoops.net mid-season Second Team All-America selection East Regional All-Tournament Team selection Preseason Associated Press All-America honorable mention honoree One of four finalists for the Naismith National Player of the Year Award Wooden and Naismith All-America finalist and one of 15 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Award (USBWA national player of the year) USBWA District 2 Player of the Year and All-District 2 Team selection NABC All-District Second Team selection Big East co-Player of the Year (shared the honor with Connecticut's Hasheem Thabeet) All-Big East First Team selection Two 20-20 performances on year (Notre Dame and at Connecticut), the most in school history for a season Two 20-rebound games on year tie the season school record (set by Jerome Lane in 1987-88) Set school-record for total rebounds in back-to-back games with 41 (23-UConn, 18-DePaul), surpassing the previous record of 38 set by Jerome Lane in 1986-87 21 double-doubles on year
He averaged 16.8 points, hit 55.1 percent (27-49) from the floor and grabbed 13.8 rebounds per game in Pitt's four NCAA Tournament games Scored 27 points (10-17), grabbed 16 rebounds (seven offensive), dished out three assists in NCAA Tournament First Round vs. East Tennessee State, 3/20 The 27 points ranked as the seventh-best scoring performance in Pitt's NCAA Tournament history and the 16 rebounds ranked tied for the third-most Named Big East Player of the Week after he averaged 21.0 points, 20.5 rebounds, 8.0 offensive rebounds and shot 55.9% from the floor against both Connecticut and DePaul (Feb. 23) Registered his second career and Pitt's 10th all-time 20-20 performance with 22 points and a career-high 23 rebounds (career-high 17 defensive) at UConn, 2/ 16 The 23 rebounds set the school's record for most rebounds in a Big East game and ranked third highest rebounding total in school history It also ranked as the third-most rebounds in a game in Big East history Scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds (nine offensive) at DePaul, 2/7.
2007-08 (Freshman): Consensus Freshman All-America selection CollegeInsider.com All-America Freshman team selection Rivals.com Freshman All-America Third Team selection CollegeHoops.net Freshman All-America honorable mention selection Honored as the Big East's co-Rookie of the Year Selected to the NABC All-District 2 Second Team Big East All-Rookie Team selection and All-Big East honorable mention honoree Three-time National Freshman of the Week selection by Rivals.com (Nov. 13, Dec. 12, Dec. 18) Three-time Big East Rookie of the Week selection (Dec. 17, Dec. 23, Jan. 14) Became the first player in school history to both surpass the 400-point and 300-rebound marks as a freshman Ranked No. 39 nationally in rebounds per game (9.1 rpg.) Ranked among Big East leaders in rebounding (4th), field goal percentage (7th), steals (11th), offensive rebounding (1st, 3.89) and defensive rebounding (9th) Set Pitt freshman season records for games started (36), games played (37), rebounds (337) and field goals made (168)
He is also ranked among school freshman season leaders in minutes played (4th-963), points (2nd-429), scoring average (4th-11.6), field goal attempts (2nd-313), field goal percentage (5th-.537), free throws made (2nd-93), free throw attempts (2nd-149), rebound average (3rd, 9.1), steals (3rd-62) and steals average (3rd-1.7) Became just the second freshman in school history to grab over 300 rebounds in a season Became just the third freshman in school history to pull down 20 or more rebounds in a game at Pitt since Sam Clancy (20) achieved the feat on Feb. 22, 1978 Scored 20 points (9-11 FG) with 14 rebounds (10 offensive) and four steals in debut vs. Houston Baptist, 11/9. His 20 points and 14 rebounds both ranked second among Pitt's all-time freshman debut performance lists: Ricardo Greer (21 points in 1997) and Sam Clancy (16 rebounds in 1977).