Rapidly developing forward from Raleigh, N.C., described as a “late-bloomer” whose best basketball is ahead of him … Earned significant playing time early in his freshman season and again late in the year as injuries thinned Tech’s ranks … Blossomed into a major contributor at the end of his sophomore season … Has gained the ability to impact the game at both ends with his scoring, rebounding and shot-blocking skills … Has grown four inches and added 40 pounds since his sophomore year in high school … Has good athleticism and a high basketball IQ, at his best when he attacks the basket on offense and crashes the boards … First North Carolina native to sign with Tech since Anthony Morrow (Charlotte), who played at Tech from 2004-08 and is an eight-year NBA veteran … Wore No. 12 as a freshman, changed to No. 5 as a sophomore … Began playing basketball by trying out for his high school team at the age of 14 … Enjoys swimming and working puzzles … Plans to study business administration.
Finished the season with the best game of his career to date, scoring 25 points in the ACC Tournament against Notre Dame … Made 12-of-18 shots from the floor, grabbed seven rebounds, had three assists and two blocked shots … Averaged 15.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in the last five games, four of them away from home, while hitting 36-of-58 shots from the floor (62 pct.) … Scored a career-high 19 at Miami, 10 against Boston College and 18 in his return home to Raleigh against NC State … Started the final seven games of the season, 21 altogether … Initially replaced the injured Evan Cole at the “4” spot, starting 13 games, and was inconsistent despite logging three double-figure games … Played 21 minutes off the bench at Clemson and started against Louisville with Abdoulaye Gueye absent (16 points, seven rebounds, 7-12 FG combined) earlier in the ACC schedule … Scored 11 points vs. UTRGV (5-8 FG), 12 points (5-8 FG) vs. St. John’s, 10 (5-8 FG) vs. Kennesaw State for his only other double-digit games … Finished as Tech’s No. 5 scorer in ACC games (6.1 ppg), while averaging 3.6 rebounds and hitting 47.2 percent of his field goals.
Received his most extensive playing time since before Christmas with an average of 23.1 minutes over Tech’s final eight games, including a season-high of 35 at Virginia … Averaged 4.3 points and 4.9 rebounds … Had played very little in Tech’s first 11 ACC games … Started four straight games (8.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg) around the holiday before seeing his minutes curtailed when ACC play began … Had played a total of 19 minutes in five games over a 12-game span for Tech before Tech’s Feb. 11 game against Duke, in which he had nine points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes … Scored a season-best 19 points (8-9 FG) with seven rebounds and three steals in a season-high 27 minutes against Florida A&M … Had four points, six rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 26 minutes at Georgia … Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against Bethune-Cookman … Scored six points each against Tennessee and Wofford … Had five big rebounds in 17 minutes against Northwestern.
Under head coach Patrick Paye, employed a deft inside-out offensive attack while his 7-foot-2 wingspan allowed him to wreak havoc on the glass … In his senior season, led his team in scoring (22.0 ppg), rebounding (11.0 rpg), blocks (2.0 bpg) and three-point shooting (41.0 pct.) … Earned all-conference and all-region honors his senior season and was also selected to play in the North Carolina — South Carolina All-Star game … Played for the Garner Road Elite in the AAU circuit, from which coach Dwayne West has sent players like Isaiah Hicks (North Carolina) and T.J. Warren (NC State) to ACC programs … Also played and lettered one year in tennis.