Overview: One of the top returning post players in the nation and will be a preseason Naismith Trophy candidate for the 2009-10 season...ACC's active leader in rebounds (792) and blocked shots (204)...ranks fifth in Clemson history in blocked shots and seventh in career rebounds...has scored 1,239 points entering his senior season, fifth-most by a Clemson player through the end of his junior year...averaging 12.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in 102 consecutive starts...has started every game of his career for the Tigers...has averaged double figures each of his first three seasons, he has a chance to become only the sixth player in school history to achieve this four consecutive years...in 2008-09 he became first ACC player to lead the league in both field goal percentage and rebounding in the same season since Tim Duncan at Wake Forest in 1996-97...first underclassman to lead the league in those categories since Clemson's Dale Davis in 1989-90...a strong finisher with the basketball, he ranks fifth in school history with a 57.6 percent field goal accuracy...has thrown down 115 dunks in his career...also possesses an ability to step out and knock down some perimeter shots, as evidenced by his 41 percent figure from three-point range as a junior...one of the quickest post players in the conference...has a knack for tracking down rebounds, especially on the offensive glass...has ranked among the top five in the ACC in offensive rebounds per game each of his three seasons...ranks ninth in Clemson history and is the ACC's active leader with 22 career double-doubles...a shot-blocking presence inside, he already ranks fifth in Clemson history with 204 career blocked shots...needs just seven to pass former Clemson great and longtime NBA forward Dale Davis...ranks fourth in school history with 2.0 blocks per game, behind only former NBA players Tree Rollins, Elden Campbell, and Sharone Wright...ranks 23rd in ACC history in total blocks, but second in league history among players 6-7 or shorter (Maryland's Derrick Lewis had 339 from 1985-88)...has pulled down 7.8 rebounds per game in his three seasons at Clemson and needs just 208 caroms as a senior for 1,000 in his career...only two players, Tree Rollins and Dale Davis, have grabbed 1,000 rebounds in a Clemson uniform...has played in more games (102) through three seasons than any player in school history, along with classmate David Potter...needs just 20 wins in 2009-10 to become the winningest player in Clemson history, former teammate K.C. Rivers is the school's current leader with 91 victories...earned team's Top Rebounder and Field Goal Percentage Awards at the season-ending banquet as a freshman, sophomore, and junior...named team's Most Valuable Player as a junior, at the season-ending banquet...cousin, Jordan Hill, was a standout basketball player at the University of Arizona before declaring early the 2009 NBA Draft...brother, Devin, will be a freshman at Clemson in 2009-10...will be the first brother combination to play for Clemson since Horace and Harvey Grant played together for the 1984-85 season.
In 2008-09: Second-team All-ACC selection by the ACSMA...All-ACC Defensive Team choice by the same organization...only the second Clemson player named to the All-Defensive Team in the 10 years it has been awarded...All-District III according to the USBWA and second-team All-District selection by the NABC...named to Fans' Guide to ACC Basketball All-Defensive Team, as voted on by the league's head coaches...fourth-team All-American according to Jeff Goodman at FoxSports.com...averaged team-best 15.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game...led the ACC in both field goal percentage (.571) and rebounds per game...first field goal percentage champion from Clemson since Devin Gray in 1993-94...first league rebounding champion for Clemson since Harold Jamison in 1998-99...ranked second in the league in blocks per game (2.0)...finished with top-50 NCAA stat rankings in three categories, he was 22nd in rebounding, 28th in field goal percentage, and 49th in blocked shots...had four games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, third-best in the ACC...ranked third on Tiger squad with 47 steals...improved as a free throw shooter from 57 percent as a sophomore to career-best 71 percent his junior year...collected team-best 13 double-doubles, including seven in the team's final nine games of the season...averaged a double-double during the ACC regular season at 15.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game...notched eight double-doubles in the ACC regular season, most by any player in the conference...posted 26 double figure scoring games, best on the team...also had team-high 16 double figure rebounding efforts...led the team in rebounding in each of the last eight games...scored 20 or more points in seven games, also a team-high...showed improved ability to shoot from the outside, he hit 9-21 three-pointers (41 percent)...also improved as a ball-handler, totaling 54 assists to a career-low 59 turnovers...became second member of Clemson's 40-40-40 club (at least 40 blocks, steals, and assists)...Elden Campbell first did it in 1989-90 as a senior...led the team with 54 points in the last five minutes of games decided by 10 points or less or in overtime...named ACC Player-of-the-Week to start the season after earning MVP honors at the Charleston Classic, where he led the Tigers to a 3-0 record.
Best Games of 2008-09: Scored game-high 21 points on 8-10 shooting in upset of #3 Duke...added eight rebounds, three blocks, and a pair of monster dunks in that contest...posted his career-best scoring night against an ACC team with 23 points in Clemson's home opener versus NC State...added six blocks against the Wolfpack...top scoring game overall as a junior was against Presbyterian, he totaled 25 points on 11-16 shooting...had double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds in road wins over Virginia Tech and Boston College...scored just 11 points in rout of Maryland, but hit all five field goals and added game-high 14 rebounds...had highlight-reel follow dunk off a missed three by Terrence Oglesby that made the SportsCenter Top 10 plays the next morning...posted double-double at Georgia Tech in comeback win, totaling 21 points and 12 rebounds...tied career-high with seven offensive boards in that contest...had 21 points and 13 rebounds in home game against Virginia Tech...posted 13 points and 15 rebounds in Senior Day win over Virginia...closed out ACC regular season with 18 points and 10 boards at Wake Forest...leading scorer for Clemson at ACC Tournament with 17 points versus Georgia Tech...recorded double-double in NCAA Tournament loss to Michigan with 18 points and 11 rebounds...posted 16 points and 13 rebounds to start season against Hofstra...blocked seven shots, a season-high versus TCU...his seven blocks were most by an ACC player all season...posted 15 points and 16 rebounds in championship game of Charleston Classic against Temple...contributed 16 points and eight rebounds in ACC/Big Ten Challenge win at Illinois...scored 18 points against Liberty and SC State...snagged 16 rebounds in ACC road opener against Miami...produced double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocked shots at South Carolina...had a follow dunk in that game that made SportsCenter's top plays...tallied 19 points and three blocks in home win over Alabama.
In 2007-08: Ranked third on the Tiger team in scoring at 11.0 points per game...scored exactly 374 points for the second straight season...was Clemson's top rebounder at 7.3 per game...was a first-team All-ACC Tournament selection after leading the Tigers to the league championship game for just the second time in school history...ranked fourth in the ACC in offensive rebounds per game (2.71), fourth in blocked shots per game (1.85), and sixth in overall rebounds per game (7.3)...ranked second on the squad in field goal accuracy (.555)...led the Tigers in blocked shots with 63, the next closest player was Raymond Sykes with 26...posted seven of the team's 15 double-doubles...scored in double figures in 19 games...posted 10 double figure rebounding efforts...scored 61 points in back-to-back games in January, the most points scored by a Clemson player in consecutive games since Edward Scott had 61 over a two-game stretch as a senior in 2002-03...named ACC Player-of-the-Week on Jan. 14 after leading Clemson to a double overtime win over Florida State...played his best against ranked competition...averaged 12.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest in three games against Final Four team North Carolina...showed an improved ability as a passer in 2007-08, he totaled 51 assists which ranked fifth on the team...became more of a factor down the stretch of games as a sophomore...scored 43 points, second-most on the team, in the last five minutes of games decided by 10 points or less or in overtime.
Best Games of 2007-08: Top two games of the season came back-to-back in early January...scored career-high 32 points against Charlotte on incredible 10-14 field goal shooting and 11-15 free throws...added 11 rebounds, including career-high seven offensive boards, and four blocked shots versus the 49ers...led Clemson to double overtime win over Florida State the next game out after scoring 29 points...hit 10-12 shots against the Seminoles and added three blocks...banked in a buzzer beater three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime...had 11 points and 12 rebounds against Old Dominion early in the season...posted 15 points and seven rebounds against Gardner-Webb...grabbed 13 rebounds and collected four blocks against Purdue in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge...scored 15 points and added 11 rebounds in win over South Carolina...pulled down career-high 17 rebounds at East Carolina, the most rebounds by a Clemson player under Oliver Purnell (2003-present)... scored 18 points and added 10 rebounds in DePaul win in the San Juan Shootout...hit 9-13 field goals and scored 18 points in dominant road win at Alabama...posted double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds against top-ranked North Carolina at home...scored 13 points and blocked three shots in matchup against heralded NC State freshman J.J. Hickson at home...posted 15 points and 10 rebounds in loss at Duke...sprained his ankle early and played only six minutes at Miami...had double-double in only 27 minutes of play at North Carolina (10 points, 10 rebounds)...tallied 12 points and nine rebounds at Florida State...scored 18 points on 8-13 shooting and had a pair of monster dunks at Maryland...made 9-11 field goals for a total of 18 points in win over #7 Duke in the ACC Tournament semifinals...posted 12 points, six rebounds, and six blocked shots in tournament championship game against North Carolina...his six blocked shots broke a championship game record.
In 2006-07: Put together a stellar freshman season, one of the best in recent memory at Clemson...averaged 10.4 points per game, one of five players on the team to score in double figures for the season...tied for team lead in rebounds per game at 6.4...totaled 78 blocks, second-most in school history by a freshman...only Tree Rollins had more...finished fourth nationally among freshmen and 33rd overall in blocked shots per game (2.17)...ranked third in the ACC with that figure, but actually led the conference in regular season play with 2.38 blocks per game...his rebound total (232) was second-most in school history for a freshman (Rollins had 316 in 1973-74)...shot 60.2 percent for the season, also second-best in school history by a freshman...added 38 assists and 32 steals in a fine all-around first year with the program...had at least one blocked shot in 34 of the 36 games...posted three double-doubles, including one in the NIT opening round versus East Tennessee State...posted four double figure rebounding efforts...got stronger as the year progressed, a rarity for a freshman...averaged 9.8 points per game for the first 12 games of the year, then 12.5 over the last 12 games...played some of his best basketball at the ACC Tournament and the postseason NIT...averaged 12.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in five NIT games.
Best Games of 2006-07: Season-high in scoring came in the second round of the NIT against Ole Miss...totaled 21 points against the Rebels on 8-of-9 shooting...also hit 5-6 free throws and added seven rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocked shots in that outstanding game...played well in the ACC Tournament against Florida State...scored 19 points on 9-14 field goals...added nine rebounds and four blocked shots versus the Seminoles in Tampa...many of his field goals that day were thunderous slams...scored 12 points on 6-8 shooting versus Monmouth at the season-opening Cox Communications Classic...dunked over a 7'2" center in that contest...posted 10 points and nine rebounds against a tough Old Dominion team that would eventually earn an invitation to the NCAA Tournament...scored 15 points and added three blocks in a 30-point win over Appalachian State...blocked four shots in a win over Mississippi State in November...posted 11 rebounds and three blocks against Charleston Southern...despite being limited to 15 minutes of playing time due to foul trouble against South Carolina, he scored five points and added eight rebounds...posted 19 points and hit 8-10 shots in a win over Wofford...earned ACC Rookie-of-the-Week honors for that effort...posted 14 points and seven rebounds against Georgia Southern...posted 14 points and seven rebounds again versus Georgia, while adding two blocked shots...first career double-double came against Georgia State; he tallied 15 points and 12 rebounds versus the Panthers...also blocked three shots and added a pair of steals in that game...recorded 11 points and six offensive rebounds in home win over Georgia Tech...scored 14 points and blocked a pair of shots at Maryland...struggled from the field against North Carolina, but blocked eight shots...it was the second-most blocks in a game by a freshman in school history...the eight blocks were also second-most in a game versus the Tar Heels...had three blocks and four steals at Duke...scored 10 points and added nine rebounds at Wake Forest...posted first ACC double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds at Boston College...added four blocks and a pair of steals in that road contest...tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds against East Tennessee State to open the NIT...played well at Madison Square Garden, scoring 13 against both Air Force and West Virginia...collected three steals against the Falcons...posted eight rebounds and four blocked shots against the Mountaineers...provided one of the top plays of the year against WVU by blocking a three-point attempt by a 7'0" center and then dribbling down the other end of the court for a slam to cap the play.
In High School: Named Gatorade Player-of-the-Year in the state of South Carolina as a senior...averaged 21.9 points, 16.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game in 2005-06...AAA Player-of-the-Year and All-State selection...Spartanburg Herald-Journal Player-of-the-Year...selected to play in the Carolinas All-Star Classic...pulled down game-high 15 rebounds in that contest between high school stars from South Carolina vs. North Carolina...two-time All-Region selection...MVP of the Tri-County Classic (Union, Spartanburg, & Cherokee counties)...scored over 1,000 career points with over 1,000 career rebounds...also blocked 341 shots in his high school career...averaged 14.7 points and 12.9 rebounds per game as a junior...listed as one of the top 30 power forward prospects by Rivals.com...holds high school's single-game, season, and career records for rebounds and blocked shots...played at Union High School for Joe Pitt...played AAU basketball with the South Carolina Celtics...chose Clemson over an offer from South Carolina...born 11/25/87...majoring in PRTM (commercial recreation, sport, and camp management).
*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide