- position Forward
- height 6-10
- Weight 220
- class Freshman
- Hometown Chicago, IL
- High school Perspectives Charter
Freshman: National Player of the Year … Final Four Most Oustanding Player … Started all 40 games for UK leading the Wildcats in points (14.2) and rebounds (10.4) … Broke the UK single-season blocks record with 186 swats on the year … Pulled down 16 rebs. with 6 blks. and 5 assists in a win over Kansas … Led Kentucky with 18 pts. and 14 rebs. in a win over Louisville … Scored 18 pts. with a team-high 11 rebs. in a win over Baylor … Notched 15 pts. with 12 rebs. and five asts. in a win over Iowa St. … Scored 16 pts. with nine rebs. and seven blocks in a win over WKU … Recorded his fourth straight double-double with 12 pts. and 10 rebs. in a loss to Vandy … Had 15 pts. and 12 rebs. in a win over Florida … Scored 12 pts., with a game-high 14 rebs. in win over LSU in the first round of the SEC Tournament … Finished with a game-high 22 pts., 12 rebs. and six blks. in a win at Florida … Scored a career-high 28 pts. with 11 rebs. and five blocks in a win over Vandy … Recorded 15 pts., eight rebs. and seven blks. in a win at Vandy … Finished with 16 pts., six rebs., and four blks. in a victory over UF … Nearly had a triple-double effort with 22 pts., eight rebs. and eight blks. in a win at USC … Led UK with 18 pts., eight rebs. and seven blks. in a victory over UT … Notched a double-double with 16 pts. and 10 rebs. in a win at LSU … Broke the UK single-season blocks record with seven swats in a win over Arkansas … In the same outing, had a double-double with a career-high 27 pts. and 14 rebs. … Charted his fifth straight double-double with 12 pts. and 10 rebs. while charting seven blks. in a win over USC … Had 22 pts. and 16 rebs. while adding three blks. in a win over UALR … Was named the SEC Freshman of the Week after recording a double-double with 18 pts. and 10 rebs. in a win over UL … Also had six blks. and made a career-high 12 free throws … Tallied a double-double with 15 pts. and 11 rebs. in a win over Loyola … Posted a double-double with 14 pts., 18 rebs. and added five blks. in a win over Chattanooga … Made the game-saving block with seven seconds remaining to go along with nine pts. and seven rebs. in a win over North Carolina … Had a near triple-double effort with 15 pts., 15 rebs. and eight blks. against St. John’s .. Had a flawless night from the floor with a perfect field goal and free throw percentage while also blocking four shots in a win over Radford … Totaled 14 pts., six rebs. and seven blks. in a win over Kansas … Led the team with 23 pts. and 10 rebs. in the win over Marist to become just the third player in school history to begin collegiate career with a 20-10 game … Also swatted five shots and chipped in three assists in his debut … Named SEC Freshman of the Week (Nov. 14).
Averaged 32 points, 22 rebounds, and seven blocked shots as a senior at Perspectives Charter High School in Chicago … One of four finalists for the Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year Award … One of five finalists for the Naismith Award for the national high school player of the year … Named All-Conference three consecutive years … Parade first team All-America … Has been on the Honor Roll since his freshman year of high school … Ranked first on ESPNU’s Top 100, first overall by Scout.com, and second by Rivals.com … Received 2011 McDonald’s All-America Honors … Scored 16 points with 10 rebounds for the USA team in the Nike Hoops Summit … Scored 14 points with six rebounds and four blocks in the McDonald’s All American Game … Named Co-MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic All-American Game with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks.
Chose Kentucky over Depaul, Ohio State, and Syracuse.