Opportunity is knocking loud and clear for Notre Dame in Storrs, Conn., Saturday as the Fighting Irish (16-11, 7-8) cling to their NCAA tournament hopes when they take on the No. 2-ranked Huskies of Connecticut (24-2, 14-2). [details]
Personal: SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007-08): Second Team NCAA Consensus All-American ... became third player in Notre Dame history to be named BIG EAST Player of the Year ... First Team All-BIG EAST ... named to the John R.Wooden All-America Team and was a State Farm/NABC first team All-America selection ... averaged team-leading 20.4 points and 10.5 rebounds ... one of just 10 players in the last decade to average 20 points and 10 rebounds ... second player in conference history to lead the conference in both scoring (23.3) and rebounding (11.3) in the same season ... averaged 14.0 points and 18.0 rebounds in two NCAA tournament games ... scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in win over No. 12 George Mason and then finished with 10 points and 22 rebounds in loss to No. 4 Washington State ... the 22 rebounds were the most an NCAA game since Tim Duncan had 22 in a first round game in 1997 and second-most by an Irish player in an NCAA tournament contest ... his 672 points were the third most by a Notre Dame sophomore ... became the 48th player in school history to score 1,000 points ... netted double figures in 32 of 33 games, including the final 31 contests ... netted 20-plus points in 18 contests, including three 30-plus point performances ... registered 19 double-doubles ... recorded the first 40-point performance since Monty Williams scored 42 points against Valparaiso on November 28, 1993 when he netted 40 points in loss at Louisville ... his 40 points came on 16-28 shooting from the field, 3-4 from three-point range (first three-pointers of his career) and 5-7 performance from the free-throw line and were the most points ever by a Notre Dame player in a BIG EAST game ... also recorded his 17th double-double with 12 rebounds in the contest ... scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds against DePaul in second meeting as he was 11-18 from the field ... copped third BIG EAST Player of the Week honor following those two games in which he averaged 32.0 points and 10.5 rebounds, while shooting 58.7 percent from the field ... named to the all-tournament team at the Paradise Jam after averaging 17.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in three games ... selected as the BIG EAST Player of the Week for the first time in his career after averaging 21.6 points and 10.7 rebounds in wins over North Florida,West Virginia and Connecticut ... also was named BIG EAST Player of the Week when he averaged 30.0 points and 14.0 rebounds in Notre Dame's wins over Providence and DePaul ... earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on five occasions ... and grabbed 10-plus rebounds in 19 contests ... owned a career-best six consecutive games with double-doubles ... netted 30-plus points for the second time in his career when he scored a career-high 32 points (13-24 from the field) in loss at Connecticut in addition to matching his personal best with 16 boards ... registered first 30-point outing of his career when he scored 31 points (11-22 from the field) and grabbed 14 reboundsin overtime win against Providence ... followed that up with 29 points and 14 boards against DePaul as he was 10-22 from the field ... finished with 20 points and six rebounds in win over St. John's ...tallied 21 points and nine rebounds in season-finale versus South Florida ... registered fourth consecutive double-double when he scored 22 points an grabbed 13 boards in win Seton Hall ... matched his career-high with four assists and three steals ... had 18 points and 11 points against Marquette and connected on 10-13 shots from the field ... registered ninth double-double of the season in netting 25 points and grabbing 10 boards versus Villanova and was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the third time ... scored 24 of his game-high 25 points in win over Cincinnati in the second half... matched career high with 29 points and 14 rebounds against Marquette for his eighth double-double of the season ... finished 10-17 from the field and 9-11 from the line ... held to a BIG EAST season-low 10 points in win at Rutgers ... followed that up with 23 points and 12 rebounds against Pittsburgh ... scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds against Syracuse ... topped the 20-plus point mark for the fifth time when he scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds against North Florida ... posted career bests of 29 points and 16 rebounds in BIG EAST opener against West Virginia as he was 11-16 from the field ... recorded seventh double-double of the season with his 14 points and 10 boards in win over Connecticut ... finished with 13 points and five rebounds against Marquette in BIG EAST quarterfinal loss ... garnered BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll honors after averaging 23.5 points and 12.0 rebounds against Georgia Tech and Youngstown State ... also earned honor roll recognition following performances versus Kansas State and Northern Illinois as he averaged 16.5 points and 13.0 rebounds ... keyed Notre Dame's win over Kansas State with 19 points and a career-high 14 boards ... followed that up by scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds against Northern Illinois ... registered third straight double for the first time in his career in win over as he netted 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds versus San Francisco ... netted 20-plus points for the third consecutive game (and the first time in his career) when he finished with a career-high 25 points as he hit 12-17 field goals in 27 minutes versus Youngstown State ... also registered his second straight double-double and finished with 13 rebounds, in addition to dishing off four assists ... produced back-to-back 22-point outings in losses to Baylor and Georgia Tech that matched his career best ... in addition to his 22 points against the Yellow Jackets, he also grabbed 11 rebounds to record his first double-double of the season ... connected on 8-19 shots from the field in the contest playing a career-high 35 minutes ... also blocked a career-high three shots ... was 9-14 from the field against Baylor in scoring 22 points as he also grabbed eight boards ... finished with eight points and five rebounds against Monmouth ... in the season opener against Long Island, he tallied 15 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished off three assists ... netted 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds against Colgate ... scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds against Eastern Michigan ... finished with 13 points and eight boards versus Brown ... named recipient of Wendell Smith Award as MVP of first Notre Dame-DePaul game played during the season.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2006-07): Along with classmate Tory Jackson, was named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team ... was a three-time BIG EAST rookie-of-the-week honoree ... played in all 32 contests and earned starts in final 16 games of the season ... finished as the fourth leading scorer (11.2 ppg.) and second-leading rebounder (6.2) ... reached double figures in 22 contests, finished with seven double-doubles and led the Irish in scoring on four occasions ... topped the 20-plus point mark for the third time when he scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinal win over Syracuse ... finished with 11 points in BIG EAST Tournament semifinal loss to Georgetown ... had best outing of the season against Marquette as he scored a career-high 22 points (second time with 20-plus points) and matched his personal-best with 13 rebounds ... registered fourth double-double of the season to lead the Irish in both scoring and rebounding with a then career-high 21 points (first 20-plus outing of his career) and 13 rebounds (a game-high) in win over Syracuse ... earned first career start against Seton Hall ... Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week (week of Feb. 26) following performance against the Golden Eagles ... among the top 20 freshmen in the country ranked by SI.com, considered 10th on the list ... one of five Irish starters in double figures in win over DePaul as he netted 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds ... finished with 12 points and five rebounds in first career start in win over the Pirates and had 13 points playing a career-high 28 minutes against Villanova ... played 21 minutes and netted 15 points and grabbed six rebounds in BIG EAST opener against Louisville ... had 11 points and five rebounds in win over West Virginia ... also scored 11 points in win at Cincinnati and matched career-high with four assists ... earned first BIG EAST rookie-of-the-week honor on Nov. 20 after averaging 16.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in first four games while shooting 58.1 percent from the field and 93.8 percent from the free-throw line ... registered back-to-back then career-high 18-point outings against Lafayette and The Citadel ... outscored entire Citadel team in the first half when he scored 16 first-half points (Bulldogs finished with just 12 points in first 20-minute stanza) ... first freshman since Troy Murphy in 1998-99 to score in double figures in each of his first five games ... recorded first double-double by an Irish rookie since Torin Francis in 2002 when he scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Butler ... posted second double-double of his career in win over Elon as he finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench ... in first collegiate outing scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in win over IPFW ... scored 10 points in 19 minutes off the bench against Lehigh ... just missed scoring in double figures in the sixth game of the season versus Winston-Salem St. as he finished with nine points in 18 minutes ... finished with 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds against Army for his third double-double of the season ... followed that game up with 18 points (the third 18-point performance of his career) and 10 rebounds versus Rider as he connected on 8-12 shots from the field ... finished with 12 points and five rebounds against Stony Brook ... scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds in 19 minutes in win over fourth-ranked Alabama scored a season-low four points against Maryland and finished with just five points and three rebounds against Georgetown ... scored a season-low one point and grabbed three rebounds in just 12 minutes against St. John's ... after starting the game, did not play in the second half ... scored four points and grabbed seven rebounds in win over Villanova ... scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds in loss at South Florida ... netted five points and grabbed nine rebounds versus DePaul ... in BIG EAST regular-season finale at Rutgers, finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.