Fresno State: A candidate for the Wooden Award and All-America honors in his senior season … has emerged as one of the nation’s best centers … by the end of last season, he was one of the most dominating players in the nation … the 2000-01 WAC player of the year … a first-team All-WAC selection … his 273 career blocked shots is a Fresno State record and ranks fourth in WAC history … led the WAC in field goal percentage (.583) and blocked shots (2.7) … his career field goal percentage of .584 10th-best in league history … has made .594 of his field goal attempts in WAC games in his career, which is the fifth-best percentage in league history … has started all but one game in his Fresno State career … had an outstanding performance for Team USA in the World University Games in China during the summer, averaging 10.5 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game … he shot .619 from the floor and led the U.S. team with 11 blocked shots … led the team in scoring with 19 points against South Africa. (2000-01) Selected the WAC Player of the Year and first-team All-WAC … played in and started all 33 games … led the conference in field goal percentage and blocked shots as well as ranking fourth in scoring and rebounds … Fresno State’s leading scorer at 16.0 per game and leading rebounder at 7.5 per game … led the WAC and was 17th in the nation in blocked shots with 2.7 per contest … had a season-high 24 points against TCU on Jan. 10 … had 21 points on 8-12 shooting from the field in FS’s victory over California in the NCAA tournament ... pulled down 13 rebounds including a career high 11 defensive boards vs. Cal ... scored a team high 17 points on 8-13 shooting against Michigan State in the second round of the tournament ... had a season-high 12 boards against South Carolina State … led the team with five double-doubles this season and 16 in his career … rated as the 16th best center in the nation by The Sporting News … named to the All-WAC Defensive team for a third consecutive year … scored in double figures in 28 of the last 32 games … reached the 1,000-point plateau Jan. 10, 2001, against TCU, his 79th career game … had a season-high six rejections against TCU … led the conference in field goal percentage in WAC games at .627 … was WAC player of the week Feb. 27 after leading the Bulldogs to at least a share of the conference title. (1999-00) Was named second-team All-WAC by conference coaches … named to the WAC All-Defensive team for the second consecutive season … finished the season with 92 blocked shots, most in school history … had the fourth-best field goal percentage in WAC history, making .644 (87-135) of his attempts in league games … he ranked sixth in the NCAA in field goal percentage and 16th in blocked shots …was named WAC Player of the Week on Feb. 7 after going 18 of 22 (.818) with 39 points, 21 rebounds and 11 blocks in a road sweep over San Jose State and Hawai’i … had a career-high eight rejections against UTEP on Jan. 15 … has seven double-doubles, including a 16-point, 11-rebound performance to lead FS to victory over Tulsa in the first meeting of the year … tied the school record for field goal percentage, going 10-of-10 against High Point on Jan. 7 and San Jose State on Feb. 3 … scored in double figures in 12 of the last 15 games … tops on the squad with a .606 shooting percentage, a number which led the WAC … missed time at the beginning of the season with a stress fracture. (1998-99) Set the Fresno State single-season blocks record with 91 …named to WAC All-Newcomer and All-Defensive teams … averaged 11.2 points and 6.5 rebounds … Hit 58.5 percent from the floor in the last five games … had highest FG percentage on the team at 56.2 percent … scored in double figures in 21 of the 32 games. … missed only one game — San Diego State — with bronchitis … scored career-best 26 points in collegiate debut vs. Coppin State … had five blocks at BYU, four in the first half … ranked second on the team in rebounding at 6.5 per game … opened the season with three straight double-doubles … led the WAC for much of the season with 3.0 block average. (1997-98) Sat out the 1997-98 season while meeting NCAA eligibility requirements ... one of the featured signees in Fresno State’s nationally ranked 1996-97 recruiting class.
High School: Earned All-America honors from McDonald’s, Parade (first team), Basketball Times (second team) and Basketball Weekly (second team) at Thornton Township High School (Harvey, Ill.) as a senior in 1997 ... averaged 15.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 5.2 bpg during the regular season ... was named the Chicago Sun-Times player of the year and first team all-state ... as a junior, he averaged 12.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 5.4 bpg ... led Thornton Township to a third-place state finish in 1997 and runner-up state showings in 1996 and 1995 ... from 1995-97, Thornton Township posted a combined record of 93-4, including marks of 32-1 in 1997, 31-1 in 1996 and 30-2 in 1995 ... helped his Illinois Warriors I summer team to a championship in the 1996 Adidas Big-Time Tournament ... entering his senior season, he was rated the No. 1 center in the country by Athlon, No. 2 by BlueChip and No. 5 by Dick Vitale’s ... he also was labeled "the most sought after post player in the class of ’97" by Sports Illustrated ... was named co-MVP of the Magic Johnson High School All-Star game (Auburn Hills, Mich.) in 1997 after making 11 of 13 field goal attempts and finishing with 24 points ... he helped the East squad to a 94-81 win over the West in the McDonald’s All-America game in Colorado Springs.
Personal: Born May 2, 1978, in Chicago Heights, Ill. ... mother’s name is Melvina Ely ... has two brothers and one sister ... his older brother, Louis, played basketball at Wisconsin ... is a distant cousin of Dale Ellis ... also considered Syracuse, Connecticut and Wisconsin.
STATISTICS Year G-GS FG% FT% PPG RPG 1998-99 32-32 .561 .500 11.2 6.5 1999-00 31-30 .606 .662 13.3 7.0 2000-01 33-33 .583 .671 15.8 7.5 Totals 96-96 .584 .596 13.5 7.0