Hawk Item - played in all 125 games during his four-year career...ranked 5th in career blocked shots with 92 after graduating...was selected by the New York Knicks with the 46th pick in the 1999 NBA Draft.
1998-99 - co-winner of Best Defensive Award...played in all 30 games, with 24 starts...led team in blocked shots (32), ranked second in scoring (10.2) and third in rebounding (4.2)...14 points (5-7 FGs, 2-2 FTs) and three rebounds vs. Connecticut...12 points and 4 rebounds vs. UAB, including 5-5 FTs...12 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots vs. Arkansas...18 points, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals at Indiana...11 points, five rebounds and two assists vs. Ohio State...13 points at Illinois, including 6-6 FTs...12 points and three rebounds in win over Minnesota...season-high 20 points at Purdue, hitting 7-9 FGs and 3-4 FTs...14 points and seven rebounds at Michigan...11 points, two rebounds and a blocked shot vs. Penn State...10 points and nine rebounds vs. Wisconsin...four points, five rebounds and matched career-high with four blocked shots in win over Indiana...11 points, three rebounds and two blocked shots vs. Missouri...14 points, seven rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists vs. Iowa State...12 points, six rebounds, two assists and three blocked shots in win at Kansas...10 points and three rebounds vs. South Alabama...10 points and five rebounds at Drake...12 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots vs. Northern Iowa.
1997-98 - six points on 6-6 free throws vs. Georgia...nine points (4-4 FGs) and three rebounds at Northwestern...matched season-high seven rebounds in win over Ohio State...four points and season-high seven rebounds vs. Minnesota...nine points and three rebounds at Wisconsin in his second start of the season...seven points and three rebounds in four minutes vs. Michigan before suffering sprained ankle...eight points (4-4 FGs), four rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots at Penn State...11 points (3-4 FGs) and four rebounds at Missouri...13 points, two rebounds and two blocked shots at Minnesota...11 points and four rebounds at Ohio State...four points, four rebounds and two blocked shots vs. Illinois...five points, three rebounds vs. Northwestern...six points, five rebounds and two blocked shots at Northern Iowa...nine points, five rebounds and a steal vs. Weber State...nine points, four rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and a steal in win over Rice...seven points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals in win over Drake...19 points and six rebounds vs. Long Island, hitting 8-8 FGs and 3-4 FTs...18 points, four rebounds, and career-high four blocked shots vs. North Texas in first start of season...11 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots vs. Chicago State.
1996-97 - averaged eight points and 4.3 rebounds per game, shooting .456 from the field and .718 from the free throw line...started 24 times while playing in all 32 games...scored in double figures in 13 games...10 points, four rebounds and three assists in win over Virginia...seven points, five rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals in win over Penn State...10 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two blocked shots in home win over Purdue...14 points, four rebounds and two assists in win over Michigan...six points and five rebounds vs. Minnesota...eight points and three rebounds vs. Indiana...11 points, including two three-pointers, and five rebounds vs. Illinois...team-high eight rebounds and two assists at Minnesota...10 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots vs. Wisconsin...game-high eight rebounds along with seven points and two assists vs. Penn State...made 14 straight free throws before miss vs. Northwestern...14 points in just 19 minutes vs. Austin Peay...10 points and four rebounds vs. Missouri...11 points and nine rebounds vs. California...career highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds vs. Chaminade for first career double-double.
1995-96 - averaged 3.4 points and 2.6 rebounds, shooting .463 from the field and .605 from the FT line...seven points on 2-2 FGs and 2-2 FTs vs. Arizona...also had season high three assists...five points and two rebounds in win over Purdue...six points and three rebounds in win at Ohio State, including two baskets on offensive rebounds in second half...three points, three rebounds and a blocked shot vs. Wisconsin...three points, three rebounds, one assist and a blocked shot at Illinois...three rebounds and two points in win at Michigan...six points and four rebounds in first career start vs. Illinois...nine points, two rebounds and a blocked shot vs. Western Illinois...10 points vs. Connecticut...three rebounds and a blocked shot at Iowa State.
High School - earned associated press first team all-state honors as a senior...named all-state by the Chicago Sun Times and all-area by the Peoria Journal Star as a junior and senior was all-conference for three straight seasons....selected to participate in the McDonald's All-American Kentucky Derby Festival, the Coca-Cola All-Star Classic in Ft. Wayne, IN and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association all-star game...had seven points and 10 rebounds in helping his team to a 103-98 win in the Kentucky Derby Festival games...scored 25 points (7-8 FGs, 10-11 FTs) and had 11 rebounds and two blocked shots in helping his team to a 118-109 win in the Illinois coaches all-star contest...was team captain as senior and team MVP as junior and senior...team compiled a four-year mark of 95-15 during his career...set school record with 1,579 career points...also had 213 career blocked shots...averaged 22 points, 10.4 points and two blocked shots as a senior, shooting 69.2% from the field and 69.1% from the free throw line...as a junior averaged 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots, shooting 60.6% from the field and 75.3% from the free throw line...averaged 12 points and seven rebounds as a sophomore.
Personal - born 9/10/76...recreation and sports management major...older brother Dough attended Arkansas on a track scholarship...high school coach was Noeman Reiser.
Personal Bests - Points: 22 vs. Chaminade, 11/27/96 Rebounds: 11 vs. Chaminade, 11/27/96 FGM: 9 vs. Chaminade, 11/27/96 FGA: 12 at Indiana, 2/27/99 FTM 7 vs. Grambling State, 12/6/96 FTA: 9 vs. Coppin State, 12/23/98 Assists: 6 vs. Grambling State, 12/6/96 Steals: 2, four times, last at Indiana, 2/27/99 Blocks: 4, three times, last vs. Indiana, 12/31/98 Minutes: 33, twice, last vs. Northern Iowa, 12/10/96
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