- position Forward
- height 6-7
- Weight 232
- class Freshman
- Hometown Somerdale, NJ
- High school St. Patrick
Second overall pick in 2012 NBA Dratt (Charlotte Bobcats)
Freshman: Started 39 of 40 contests … Averaged 11.9 points and 7.4 rebounds … Scored 11 points with 6 rebounds in a win over Kansas … Named East Region Most Outstanding Player … Scored a team-high 19 points in a win over Baylor … Recorded a double double with a team-high 24 points and 10 rebounds … Had 10 points and eight rebounds in a win over Florida … Scored a team-high 19 points with nine rebounds in a win over LSU … Finished with seven points, eight rebounds and four assists in a win at Florida … Scored eight points with eight rebounds in a win over Vandy … Recorded a double-double while leading Kentucky in scoring with 18 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Miss. St. … Tallied 13 points with a team-high 13 rebounds in a win over Florida … Finished with 16 points and tied for a team-high eight rebounds in a win over Tennessee … Posted eight rebounds and a team-high four assists in a win at LSU … Had a double-double effort with 14 points and a team-high 11 boards in a win at Georgia … Claimed a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds while leading UK with three steals in a win at Tennessee … Matched a career-high with three blocks and added 10 rebounds in a win over UALR … Named the Bluegrass Sports Commission Most Valuable Player for tallying career-highs in points (24) and rebounds (19) in a win over Louisville, and was later tabbed the SEC Player of the Week for his efforts as well … Scored in double-figures for the sixth straight game with a career-high matching 18 points to go along with six rebounds and a team-high four assists in a win over Lamar … Notched 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a win over Loyola … Totaled 10 or more points for the fourth straight game with 10 points coupled with a pair of blocks in a win over Samford … Had 17 points, eight rebounds and a career-high six assists in a win over Chattanooga … Tallied a career-high 18 points and added a squad-best nine rebounds in a loss at Indiana … Notched his first career double-double with 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to lead UK to a win over North Carolina … Poured in 15 points and added a team-high nine rebounds in a win over Radford … Led the squad with team-highs in points (13) points and rebounds (9) in a win over ODU … Posted 12 points and team-highs in rebounds (9) and assists (4) in a win over Kansas … Tallied 15 points and seven rebounds while netting a perfect 5-5 at the charity stripe in collegiate debut vs. Marist.
Averaged 20.2 points and 11 rebounds for a St. Patrick High School team that had an undefeated record until losing in the New Jersey State championship … 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 … Parade fourth team All-American … Ranked third by ESPNU’s Top 100, fifth overall by Scout.com, and third by Rivals.com … Received 2011 McDonald’s All-American Honors … Scored 16 points with 12 rebounds and four assists in the McDonald’s All-American Game … Scored 12 points with seven rebounds in the Jordan Brand Classic All-American Game … Scored 16 points, five rebounds, and five assists for the USA team in the Nike Hoops Summit … 2009 New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year … A three-time New Jersey All-State Selection.
Chose Kentucky over Connecticut, Florida State, Indiana, Memphis, Rutgers, and Villanova