Athletic combo-forward with terrific all-around skills After missing virtually all of his senior year of high school, rehabbing while playing throughout his freshman season and playing with a torn meniscus for part of his sophomore year, he's finally regained much of the quickness and explosiveness that made him a prep standout Very skilled at scoring around the basket Outstanding rebounder and passer Possesses great work ethic and natural leadership skills ... Ranks second in MSU history with 106 career blocks.
Appeared in 34 games, starting 22 Named to Big Ten All-Defensive Team MSU's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Co-recipient of MSU's Antonio Smith Glue and Guts Award Averaged 6.1 points and 5.0 rebounds, ranking second on the squad Led the Spartans with 42 blocks, the sixth-best single-season total in school history Led Spartans in rebounding in five games Scored in double figures in eight contests Tied his career high with 16 points against Purdue (1/22) Twice scored a season-high 15 points, against both South Carolina (11/16) and Penn State (2/10) Grabbed 10 rebounds against both Northwestern (1/3) and Illinois (1/18) Recorded nine rebounds in three contests and eight boards in three more games Tied his career high with five blocks vs. Northwestern (1/15), tying the fourth-best single-game effort by a Spartan Blocked four shots vs. Purdue (3/11), and totaled three rejections vs. Connecticut (11/23) and Tennessee Tech (11/28) Totaled 15 points, five rebounds and a career-best six assists vs. South Carolina in a game that tipped at 10 p.m. ET. Earlier that evening, he played the role of "Charles the Wrestler" in William Shakespeare's "As You Like It" put on by the MSU Department of Theatre Ranked third on the team with 103 free throw attempts.
Appeared in 37 games, starting 20 Averaged 6.4 points and 5.0 rebounds, ranking third on the team Led MSU with 35 blocks and ranked fourth with 31 steals Led Michigan State in field-goal percentage (.553; 83-of-150) among players with more than 100 attempts Tallied two double-doubles on the season, coming in back-to-back games vs. Toledo (11/20; 10 points, 11 rebounds) and Valparaiso (11/22; 10 points, 17 rebounds); the 17 rebounds vs. Valparaiso marked a career high Scored in double figures in nine contests Top scoring effort was a 15-point game vs. Illinois (1/16), hitting 4-of-5 shots and all seven free throw attempts Other top scoring games included 14 points vs. IPFW (12/19) and 13 points each against Florida (11/27) and Northwestern (1/30) Recorded double-figure rebounds in three contests Blocked a career-high five shots vs. Wofford (12/4) Tallied a career-high five steals vs. North Carolina (12/1), and recorded four steals vs. Northwestern (1/30) Started 24 straight games from late November to late February until a knee injury limited his minutes Averaged 23.0 minutes in the NCAA Tournament despite playing with a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Served as a counselor for top high school wing forwards at the Vince Carter Skills Academy in Orlando.
Started 31 of 38 games Big Ten All-Freshman Team honoree Averaged 5.6 points and 5.2 rebounds, ranking third on the team in rebounding average Set a Michigan State freshman record with a team-best 29 blocks Ranks fourth in MSU freshman history with 197 rebounds His .566 field-goal percentage ranks fifth all-time among Spartan freshmen, as do his 112 free-throw attempts Six double-figure scoring efforts and three double-figure rebounding efforts Led MSU in rebounding in seven games and in rebounding once Scored a season-high and team-best 16 points against Iowa (2/25) Recorded his first double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds at Michigan (2/10), earning Big Ten Player of the Week honors Grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds against Wichita State (11/30) in the Old Spice Classic, narrowly missing a double-double with nine points Grabbed 10 rebounds at Iowa (1/29) Recorded 13 points and eight rebounds versus Alcorn State (12/13) Scored 10 points each against The Citadel (12/17), Illinois (3/1) and USC (3/22) Grabbed eight rebounds in both games of the Final Four against Connecticut (4/4) and North Carolina (4/6) Grabbed eight or more rebounds in 10 contests Blocked three shots each against North Carolina (12/3) and Northwestern (1/3) Recorded a season-high four steals against The Citadel (12/17).
Played just one game as a high school senior at St. Edward before suffering a season-ending right knee injury Recorded 18 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and five blocks in his lone game, a nationally-televised contest on ESPN2; his transition dunk made ESPN's "Top 10" plays 2007-08 Sporting News First-Team All-American 2007 EA Sports National Junior of the Year 2007 EA Sports All-America second team and Parade Magazine All-America fourth team Ranked the No. 11 player overall in the nation by Scout.com, including the No. 4 power forward Rated the No. 15 player in the ESPN 150, including the No. 5 power forward Averaged 22.5 points and 11.5 rebounds as a junior at St. Edward High School, leading his team to a 25-1 record, the Ohio Division 1 semifinals, a No. 23 final national ranking and a No. 5 Midwest Regional ranking by USA Today Led St. Edward in blocks (60) and steals (69) and was second in assists Shot 40 percent from 3-point range as a junior Runner-up for 2007 Ohio Mr. Basketball honors Named 2007 Player of the Year in Ohio by the Cleveland Plain Dealer All-Ohio Division I honoree Participated in the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival, averaging 30.3 points (tournament best) and 10.3 rebounds Averaged 20.5 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.2 steals as a sophomore Named all-state honorable mention and all-district as a sophomore Averaged 16.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.2 blocks as a freshman, earning all-conference accolades Played AAU basketball for King James Shooting Stars Played for Coach Eric Flannery at St. Edward High School.
Born Oct. 3, 1989 Son of Delvon and Tracy Blanton Theatre major.