2000-01 SEASON CAPSULE HIGHLIGHTS-
Turned in one of the finest individual seasons in recent MU history, and developed into one of the Big 12’s — as well as the nation’s — top players ... Averaged 21.1 points per game, and only a late-season injury (which forced him to miss seven games) kept him from being named Big 12 player of the year ... Was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press, and set himself up for potential 1st-team honors next season as a junior ... Closed season with a brilliant 29-point, 8-rebound performance (all with a splint on his shooting hand) vs. #1 Duke in the NCAA Tournament, hitting 5-of-8 three pointers on the day ... His 3-pointer with 10:42 left in the game pulled MU to within one point, at 63-62, before Duke made a run to regain control of the game ... Had 12 points and added eight rebounds and a season-high five assists in NCAA opener vs. Georgia ... Became the first Tiger to average 20 points a game since Anthony Peeler averaged 23.4 per game in the 1991-92 season, and his 549 points was the 19th-most in MU single-season history ... Was on pace to become only the fifth Tiger to score 700 points in a season, but the seven games missed to the injury cost him ... Named 1st-team All-Big 12 by league coaches & writers and garnered most votes of anyone on the media ballot ... Also named 2nd-team All-American by CNNSI.com, and NABC 1st-Team All-District 12 ... Called college basketball’s “Hardest player to guard” by the Sporting News, due to his complete offensive skills, which include a feathery-soft outside shot, an oustanding mid-range game (w/a deadly fall-away jumper), and the ability to drive and score or draw a foul and hit the free throws ... Won the Big 12 scoring title, and ranked in top 15 in league in 6 different categories ... Enters junior season as MU’s career 3-pt. percentage leader (43.9%) and ranks 4th alltime with a career scoring average of 18.2 points per game ... Missed seven games (Feb. 7-26) after suffering what was thought to be a season-ending injury to his thumb in the final minutes of Feb. 5th game at OSU ... Tore ligaments in his left (shooting hand) thumb when he drove to the basket and fell to the floor after being fouled ... Had surgery Feb. 7th to repair ligaments, and made a speedy recovery to return March 4th in regular-season finale at Kansas ... Had a scintillating performance March 9th vs. Oklahoma in Big 12 Tournament, where he scored 31 pts. (his 5th 30-point game of the year) on 12-of-19 shooting (incl. 5-of-7 3-pt. FGs) ... Had 16 vs. Texas A&M in Big 12 1st round ... Shot 62.1% from the floor in 2 Kansas City games, including an eye-popping 69.2% from three-point range — all with a splint on his shooting hand ... Played at Kansas for 1st time since injury, but was held to 2 pts. (1-of-7 FGs) in 15 minutes off the bench ... That broke a string of 39 consecutive games scoring in double figures ... Played last 1:50 of the Oklahoma State game despite injury, and ended w/21 pts. & 7 rebs. ... Was named Big 12 player-of-the-week for 2nd time this year after 27-point, 11-reb. vs. #3 Kansas (Jan. 29), his 4th double-double of the season ... Sank 9-of-17 FGs vs. Kansas, and nailed 8-of-9 FTs to held seal win ... Had 23 pts. vs. Texas Tech, and made 9-of-15 FGs (4-of-6 3-pt. FGs), including game-winning 3-pointer w/33 seconds left ... Turned in 4th 30-point game of the year Jan. 13th vs. ISU, scoring 32 pts., which tied career high ... Sank 5-of-10 from three-point range ... Had 30-pt., 7-reb. outing vs. Nebraska (Jan. 6) ... Sank 8-of-8 FTs vs. Neb., including pair of game winners with 1:04 left to provide final margin ... Kept MU in the game early as he scored 22 of MU’s first 33 points, while rest of team was struggling to find the mark ... Had 18 pts. at Indiana, despite an off shooting night (4-of-15 FGs), and hit 4-of-4 FTs in final minute to seal win ... Previously had a career-high 32-pt. outing at Iowa ... Had 24 of his pts. after halftime, including a perfect 10-of-10 FTs ... Was named national player of the weekby ESPN.com, FoxSports.com & CNN/SI.com, as well as the Big 12 Player of the week, after averaging 28.0 points and 6.5 rebounds MU wins over DePaul and SLU ... Had 31 pts. vs. DePaul, including 22 in scintillating 2nd half ... Connected on 7-of-9 FGs in 2nd half, and 10-of-18 overall on the game, including 4-of-8 3-pt. FGs ... Followed w/25 pts. vs. SLU, including pretty fall-away jumper with 1:33 left that gave MU the lead for good, at 71-70 ... Was named as one of 30 mid-season candidates for the prestigious Wooden Award.
1999-2000 SEASON **Big 12 co-Freshman-of-the-Year ** Honorable Mention
All-Big 12** - Exciting rookie who was honored as Big 12 Freshman of the
Year by league coaches ... Named honorable mention all-Big 12 by both media
and coaches, and was selected to Big 12 all-freshman and all-bench teams by
Associated Press ... Broke the MU freshman scoring record, averaging 14.7
points a game, which broke the old mark of 14.4 held by former all-American
Steve Stipanovich ... Came on strong during the conference season, as he
averaged 18.2 points in Big 12 play, which was 3rd in the league behind only
Marcus Fizer and Jaquay Walls ... Led the Big 12 in three-point shooting in
league play, with a stellar rate of 51.7% ... Forced to sit out nine games
from Dec. 18-Jan. 22 due to an NCAA ruling on his eligibility ... Despite
the layoff, came back focused, and led MU in scoring in seven of the 14
games after his return ... Scored in double figures in an MU freshman-record
18 straight games, and 19-of-22 on the year ... The 18 straight double
figure games was the most by a Tiger since Melvin Booker did so in 23
straight during the 1993-94 season ... Was the first freshman ever to lead
MU in scoring during a conference season, and his 18.2 ppg average in league
play was the most by a Tiger since Paul O'Liney averaged 20.6 during the
1995 ... On national television at Kansas, led MU with a game-high 20 pts,
and added a career-high 4 assists in his third straight start ... Had
outstanding March 1st performance, with a team-high 23 pts. vs. Neb., on
7-of-11 FGs, including 4-of-7 3-pt. FGs ... Had a scintillating 31-pt.
performance at Texas Tech, the 2nd-most pts. ever scored by an MU freshman
(behind only Derrick Chievous' 32 vs. Arizona in 1984) ... Carried team to
comeback win, while nailing 10-of-14 FGs, including 7-of-9 3-pt. FGs, while
rest of team struggled to make just 29.4% of their shots (15-of-51) ...
Scored 19 pts. in second half at Tech, on 5-of-6 from 3-pt. land, and nailed
back-to-back treys that gave MU the lead for good in final three minutes ...
Led team with 12 pts. vs. Texas, including 7 of MU's last 8 points of the
game ... Named Big 12 Rookie-of-the-Week on Feb. 7th after scoring 21 points
at Nebraska ... Scored 16 points vs. Texas A&M in first game back, on
6-of-10 FGs ... In first 8 games back, MU bench averaged 30.0 points a game,
while averaging just 9.8 ppg without him ... Had a big performance against
Indiana, where he had 16 points.
IN HIGH SCHOOL - Named fourth-team Parade Magazine all-American, and
Missouri player of the year, after averaging 27.8 points and 12.4 rebounds
as a senior ... Led Pembroke Hill to the school's third-straight Class 2A
state title ... Pembroke was an amazing 121-5 in his four years there ...
Scored over 2,500 points in his high school playing career ... Also named
first-team all-state in 1999, Kansas City area player of the year by the
Kansas City Star, and was a three-time first-team Kansas City all-metro
PERSONAL - Full name - Kareem Lamar Rush ... Mother - Glenda Rush ...
Intends to major in Interdisciplinary Studies ... Chose MU over UCLA (where
his brother, JaRon, played for two seasons) and Connecticut, among others
... High school coach - Rick Allison ... Born Oct. 30, 1980 in Kansas City
... Shares the same birthday as Coach Quin Snyder ... Signed with MU in the
early period (Spring, '99), and became Quin Snyder's first-ever signee at