Extremely floor-skilled performer that enjoyed his most consistent season as a Tiger during his junior campaign ... Showed the knack for recording huge statistical games and led the team with six 20-point efforts ... Also finished as the top rebounder in league play due in large part to his season-ending surge, that saw him average 16.1 points and 8.0 rebounds over his final 16 contests ... Very good passer from the post position, and adept at hitting the mid-range jumper.
Was named to the Big 12's All-Improved Team by the Media after averaging 13.1 points and 5.7 rebounds throughout the year ... Those averages were up from the 7.4 points and 4.3 boards he recorded as a sophomore ... Saw his averages increase to 14.3 points and 6.5 boards in Big 12 action ... Ranked 10th in the Big 12 in both scoring and rebounding in conference games only, while leading the league in field goal percentage (.573) ... His overall field goal percentage of .583 percent also led the conference and ranked just outside the Mizzou single-season Top 10 ... Ranked No. 24 nationally in field goal percentage ... Finished seventh in the Big 12 with four double-doubles ... Was an excellent passer from his post position and finished fifth on the club with 53 assists and was tied for the team lead with 21 blocked shots ... Reached double figures in 20 games as a junior, including 18 times over his last 24 outings ... Led the club with six 20-point games ... Scored a career high 27 points and grabbed a career high 18 rebounds vs. Oklahoma State ... Hit 12-of-13 shots vs. the Cowboys, breaking a Mizzou Arena record for field goal accuracy ... The 18 boards also set the arena standard ... Followed that with a 22-point, 15-board effort at Baylor ... First 20-point game came against Maryland, a 23-point, 11-rebound double-double in the third-place game of the College Basketball Experience Classic in Kansas City ... Earned Player of the Game honors from Dick Vitale and the ESPN crew ... Averaged 16.1 points and 8.0 rebounds over his final 16 games, with both averages leading the team.
Finished his sophomore season as one of Mizzou's most improved players and enjoyed averages of 7.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals while playing in all-30 contests ... Made six starts on the year, but flourished as one of MU's top reserves ... Actually finished second on the club with 1.3 steals per game during Big 12 action ... His 33 steals were fourth on the club and tops among post players ... Was the team's top field goal shooter (.550) and finished the year shooting 68.4 percent from the floor (26-of-38) over his last seven games ... Scored a career high 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor and 6-of-8 shooting from the free throw line vs. NCAA Tournament participant Davidson ... Narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds against Lipscomb ... Closed out the year with back-to-back double-figure games against Texas A&M (10 points) and Baylor (13 points) in the opening round of the Big 12 Championship ... Best Big 12 game of the season came against Oklahoma, where he scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting ... Second on the club with 22 blocked shots, including three rejections against Coppin State.
Sixth on the team in rebounding (2.6) and grabbed a career high eight boards (four offensive) in the win over Furman ... Third on the team with eight blocked shots, including two swats vs. No. 6 Illinois and Furman ... Turned in a career-best outing vs. Louisiana Monroe with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting ... Added seven rebounds, a block and two steals ... Followed that contest with six points (3-of-3 FG) and five boards in just 11 minutes against Oklahoma State ... Hit a pair of jumpers at Kansas State for a five-point evening ... Grabbed five boards vs. Texas A&M ... Enjoyed an outstanding game vs. Furman, scoring eight points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor ... Had a breakout game offensively at Arkansas, where he scored a career high seven points on 2-of-4 shooting from the floor and 3-of-6 shooting from the foul line ... Scored five points and grabbed a career high five boards vs. hometown foe UMKC ... Also enjoyed a five-point, four-board afternoon vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ... Hit his first career three-pointer at Baylor, while adding three rebounds and an assist.
Led Coastal Christian Academy in Virginia Beach, Va., to a 27-6 overall record after averaging nearly 21 points and eight rebounds a game ... Transferred to CCA from Kansas City (Kan.) Piper High School, where he averaged 18 points and 10 boards as a junior ... Earned second team All-State recognition that season and was an All-Class 6A selection by the Topeka Capital-Journal ... Was ranked the No. 2 power forward at the Reebok ABCD camp in 2004 after averaging 15.5 points and was named to the Senior All-Star Game ... Ranked the No. 48 player nationally by Prepstars.com and No. 64 by Dave Telep of InsiderHoops ... Telep also listed him as the No. 18 power forward nationally and the No. 2 power forward entering the Big 12 Conference this season ... Ranked the No. 26 power forward nationally by Rivals.com and among the nation's top 115 players overall by the service.
Son of Georgia Lyons and was born in Topeka, Kan. ... Lists spending time with his family as one of his favorite hobbies ... Favorite pre-game activity is talking with his mother ... Talented musician that writes and performs his own music ... Wants to own a record label after basketball and lists the late Tupac Shakur as the musical artist that most influenced him growing up ... Favorite food is his mother's chicken with hot sauce ... Favorite video game is NBA Jam 95.
Career HighsPts. 27 vs. Oklahoma State (02-26-08)
Reb. 18 vs. Oklahoma State (02-26-08)
FG 12 vs. Oklahoma State (02-26-08)
FGA 13 vs. Oklahoma State (02-26-08)
3FG 1, three times
3FGA 3 vs. Kansas (1-15-07)
FT 8 at Baylor (03-01-08)
FTA 11, twice
Asst. 6 vs. Western Illinois (11-25-07)
Blks 3, five times
Stls 3, three times