Head coach Mark Gottfried and staff hand out yearly accolades
NC State faces Virginia Tech in the opening round
Game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the NC State Radio Network.
The Australian native missed the most of last season due to a shoulder injury.
After an enjoyable stay in Gran Canaria, the Wolfpack men's basketball team begins its long journey home.
As a junior (2011-12): Was limited to seven games due to a shoulder injury ... Granted a medical redshirt ... Averaged 2.0 points and 2.7 rebounds during that span ... Scored a season-high six points and grabbed a season-best five rebounds against Princeton ... Matched his career high for blocks with three versus Morehead State ... Started the season opener against UNC Asheville.
As a sophomore (2010-11): Started the final game of the season against Maryland in the ACC Tournament ... Over the last five games of the season, averaged 3.0 points and 14.6 minutes ... In the 16 games prior to those five games he totaled just 13 combined minutes and zero points ... Scored a career-high eight points, on four dunks, against Georgia Tech ... Came off the bench to play 15 minutes against North Carolina on Jan. 23 ... Finished with four points and three rebounds ... Those were his first points in ACC play this season, and the first time he scored since mid-December ... Averaged 12.5 minutes when Tracy Smith missed most of 11 games with injury.
As a freshman (2009-10): Saw action in 23 games at center, including one start ... Blocked 18 shots on season, the third-highest total on the team ... Blocked a shot every 9.6 minutes of action ... Had at least two blocks in five of 23 games ... Missed the UNC Greensboro game on December 31 with an ankle sprain ... Played 14 minutes at Florida State, adding four rebounds and two blocks ... Earned his first career start at Arizona, filling in for the suspended Tracy Smith ... Finished with a career-best 11 rebounds in 25 minutes of action ... Blocked three shots in just seven minutes in the win over New Orleans ... Tallest player to see consistent action at NC State since Chuck Nevitt (1980-82).
Prep: Played his final year of high school basketball at Australian Institution of Sport ... The AIS selects the 14 best players from various provincial teams around the entire country and provides scholarships for them to attend ... That school has produced NBA players Andrew Bogut, Luc Longley, and Luke Schenscher ... Likes to step away from the basket and shoot jumpshots out to 15 feet ... Attended the 2008 Albert Schweitzer Games ... Considered a top-10 center and top-30 prospect overall among Australia's 2009 prospects by ESPN.
Personal: A left-handed shooter ... A 2009 spring signee ... Majoring in management.