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Drafted by: Los Angeles, Round: 1, Pick: 3
Weight: 217 lbs.
BirthDate: Oct. 9, 1981
Birthplace: Belleville, IL
An early-entry candidate for the 2000 NBA Draft. A member of the USA Today All-USA Basketball Team. Also named to the Parade All-America High School First Team. Participated in the McDonald's All-America Game and the Nike Hoop Summit.
Highlights at East Saint Louis HS (Illinois)
As a senior, averaged 22.1 points, 12.4 rebounds, 7.2 blocks, 3.4 assists and 2.4 steals in leading his team to the Class AA state semifinals. In a three-year varsity career, he totaled 1,531 points, 1,015 rebounds, 648 blocked shots, 209 assists and 131 steals.
In McDonald's All-America Game, scored 17 points to help the West to a 146-120 victory over the East. Made 8 of 14 field goal attempts, including several flashy dunks. In Nike Hoop Summit, compiled 15 points, eight rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocked shots to lead Team USA to a 98-97 victory. Went 7-for-14 from the field. His short jumper with just less than three minutes remaining gave the USA a 96-93 lead. Nike Hoop Summit stats