An extremely athletic player, who has also displayed an exceptional shooting touch ... One of the top 3-point shooters on the squad ... Good length for a guard ... Should see time at both the No. 2 and No. 3 guard spots ... Left-handed player ... Continued his improvement on his defensive skills last year ... Has a knack for getting rebounds and is much improved on his ball-handling skills.
2007-08 (Sr.): Saw action in 31 games, making three starts ... Scored in double-figures in nine games last year ... Averaged 8.0 points a game and 4.5 rebounds ... Scored a career-high 27 points, hitting 10-of -16 shots from the floor, 3-of-5 from three-point range and 4-of-6 from the line, in a double-overtime win against UAB (2/5) ... Led the team with 19 points, while pulling down seven rebounds, in a season-opening victory over Belhaven (11/27) ... Dropped in 19 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds against New Orleans in the opening game of the Mississippi Coast Classic (12/18).
2006-07 (So.): Overcame a previous summer injury of a broken foot to primarily come off the bench to give the Golden Eagles a spark ... Averaged 10.5 points and 3.8 rebounds over the final four games ... Hit 50 percent of his shots from the floor in 14 games ... Made 17 of his last 35 attempts (48.6 percent) over the last four games ... Had a career-best 22 points against UTEP (1/31) as he hit 7-of-9 shots from the floor, 2-of-4 from 3-point range and all six free throws ... Added 11 rebounds for
first career double-double ... Registered 21-point effort at home against Memphis (1/13) ... Had 12 games of tallying five or more rebounds... Scored in double digits 11 times ... Led five players in double figures with a team-high 17 points against Reinhardt (12/19) ... Along with Sai'Quon Stone, he recorded 19 points in a victory
over East Carolina (1/24).
2005-06 (Fr.): Played in 28 games, making four starts, including two in league games ... Finished with 159 points on the year, 90 of them in C-USA play ... Posted
season-best 15 points in a win over Tulsa (3/8/06) in the opening game of the C-USA Tournament ... Averaged 11 points and three rebounds in two contests in the league tourney ... Scored in double digits in three-straight contests and three of the final four games on the campaign ...Tallied 11 points, on three 3-pointers at Tulane (3/1/06) ... Scored 11 points, including two 3-pointers, against UTEP (2/11/06) ... Notched first double-digit game of his career with 10 points against McNeese State (1/2/06) ... Picked up 10 points at Memphis (2/14/06) ... Made his collegiate debut
against San Diego State (11/20/05), playing eight minutes ... Made first career start at Arkansas (11/30/05), playing a season-high 33 minutes and scoring the first points of his career (5) ... Grabbed career-best nine rebounds versus East Carolina (3/4/06) ... Finished with eight points with two 3-pointers in the win over UCF (2/8/06) ... Had eight points with two 3-pointers against William Carey (12/15/05) ... Added eight points with a pair of 3s against UAB (2/18/06).
Prep: Played for coach Brian Smith ... Named to the Clarion Ledger's "Dandy Dozen" basketball team, honoring the most sought after recruits in the state ... Tabbed an honorable mention all-state selection by the Clarion Ledger ... Helped lead Raleigh
to an 18-10 record as a junior, while averaging 27.3 points (including 120 3-pointers), 7.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game ... Junior season-high of 47 points in a game against Perry Central ... Also competed in the Mississippi Sports Medicine North/South All-Star Game, tying for the team lead with 18 points in that contest.
Personal: Son of Talby Bender and the late Beverly West ... Mother played basketball at Clarke College and father played at Sam Houston State ... Majoring in coaching and sport administration ... Born Jan. 7, 1987.
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