2007-08 Senior: Third-team All-Big Ten selection by media and honorable mention All-Big Ten by league coaches ... Started 33 games, leading the Illini in scoring with an average of 12.6 points (10th in Big Ten) ... Also led the team in rebounding, averaging 7.3 boards (third in Big Ten) ... Shot 57.2 percent from the field on the season (163-285), ranking third in the league ... Ranked second in the Big Ten in field goal shooting during conference play at 63.9 percent (76-119) ... Top offensive rebounder in the conference with average of 3.1 per game (107 total) ... Big Ten All-Tournament Team selection after averaging 13.3 points and 9.0 rebounds during Illinois' 4-game run to the championship game ... Reached 1,000-point milestone vs. Minnesota (March 8) and finished his career ranked 39th in school history in scoring with 1,058 career points ... Ranks seventh in Illinois history in career field goal percentage at 54.7 percent (420-768) ... Scored in double figures 24 times on the season and was the Illini's leading scorer in 10 games ... Was the team's top rebounder in 16 games ... Scored a career-high 24 points twice, vs. Arizona (Dec. 8) and Miami-OH (Dec. 20) ... Tallied four double-doubles on the season, with 12 pts-17 reb vs. Northeastern (Nov. 11), 24 pts-15 reb vs. Miami-OH, 16 pts-11 reb vs. Loyola-MD (Dec. 28) and 10 pts-11 reb vs. Penn State (March 13) ... Set a career high with 17 rebounds vs. Northeastern, the most by an Illini player in eight years ... Made 10-of-11 shots against Arizona (.909), the top field goal percentage by a Big Ten player on the season ... Named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 24 after averaging 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds over three games vs. Western Carolina, Miami-OH and Missouri.
2006-07 Junior: Third-team All-Big Ten selection by league coaches and media ... Only Illini player to start all 35 games on the season ... Center ranked second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.4 points (22nd in Big Ten) ... Third in the Big Ten in rebounding at 7.5 rpg ... Fourth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, shooting 54.9 percent on the season (161-293) ... Second in the Big Ten with nine double-doubles on the year ... Scored in double figures 22 times on the season ... Was Illinois' leading scorer eight times and leading rebounder 16 times on the year ... Posted back-to-back season scoring highs with 20 points at Penn State on Feb. 24 and 20 points at Iowa on March 3 ... Made 8-10 from the field against Penn State, the best shooting performance by an Illini player on the season ... Final double-double of the season was a 16-point, 12-rebound performance vs. Indiana in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal (March 9) ... Had a season-high 15 rebounds vs. Northwestern on Feb. 7 ... Tied career best with three blocks vs. UIC on Dec. 9 ... Chicago Invitational Challenge All-Tournament Team selection.
2005-06 Sophomore: Started all 33 games on the season and averaged 19.4 minutes per game, after averaging just 4.6 minutes during freshman season ... One of Illinois' most improved players, he averaged 6.2 points on 52.4 percent shooting (86-164) on the season ... Scored in double figures six times ... Third on the team in rebounding, averaging 5.1 boards ... Ranked seventh in the Big Ten in field goal shooting in conference games only at 54.3 percent (50-92) ... Scored a season-high 17 points on 7-9 shooting along with a career-high three blocks at Indiana (Jan. 17) ... Pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds at Northwestern (Jan. 21) ... Averaged 9.4 points over the final five games of the regular season ... Shot 71 percent from the field (22-31) over the final seven games of the regular season.
2004-05 Freshman: Saw action in 21 games on the season, averaging 4.6 minutes per game ... Scored a season-high seven points and grabbed a season-high five rebounds vs. Florida A&M (Nov. 21).
Illinois Mr. Basketball runner-up in 2004 ... Considered the top big man in the state of Illinois .... Led West Aurora to tie school record with 32 wins and third place finish at Class AA state tournament, averaging 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and two steals per game ... Led Blackhawks with game highs of 21 points and nine rebounds in win over two-time state champion Peoria Central ... West Aurora was the only team from Illinois to defeat Peoria Central in over two seasons ... West Aurora moved to No. 6 national ranking by USA Today after win over Peoria Central ... Blackhawks compiled a record of 85-7 during his three seasons, the best record in the state ... Captured DuPage Valley Conference MVP honors after leading team to third consecutive 14-0 conference record, 45 consecutive conference wins and fifth-straight conference championship overall ... First-Team All-State by the Associated Press, IBCA and Chicago Tribune ... Aurora Beacon News Player of the Year ... Second-Team All-State by the Chicago Sun-Times ... Consensus national top 75 player as a senior ... Led Team Illinois in rebounding with nine in 2004 Wendy's Classic and in defeat of Chinese Junior National Team in June of 2004 ... Grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds vs. Missouri's top-ranked private school, Chaminade, at KMOX Shootout in St. Louis ... As a junior, appeared in final eight games of the season on 26-2 team, returning from a preseason broken ankle ... Averaged 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds ... Had strong summer performances at NBA Players Association camp, his second Nike All-American camp (receiving Top 25 honors), Adidas Big Time and AAU Nationals ... As a sophomore, led West Aurora to state super-sectional and 27-3 record, returning from broken foot in second game to average 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in 17 games ... Played for legendary coach Gordy Kerkman at West Aurora ... Attended Chicago Providence St. Mel as a freshman, and was a member of a 23-7 super-sectional team.
Born Nov. 22, 1985, in Chicago ... Mother is Debra Pruitt ... Father is Steve Pruitt ... Will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in speech communications ... Father played basketball at Olive-Harvey College ... First Aurora player since Kenny Battle to join the Fighting Illini ... Joined Battle on West Aurora's prestigious basketball "Wall of Fame" ... Honor roll student as a senior ... High school teammate of Louisiana State's Dameon Mason as a sophomore and junior ... Favorite athlete is NBA star Kevin Garnett.
Pruitt's Career Statistics:
Year G-GS MIN/Avg. FGM-A/% 3PM-A/% FTM-A/% OR-DR-TOT/Avg. PF-DQ A/Avg. TO B/Avg. S/Avg. PTS/Avg. 2004-05 21-0 97/4.6 10-26/.385 0-0/.000 9-18/.500 10-9-19/0.9 17-0 0/0.0 10 1/0.1 3/0.1 29/1.4 2005-06 33-33 641/19.4 86-164/.524 0-0/.000 31-64/.484 70-99-169/5.1 78-1 15/0.5 39 15/0.5 13/0.4 203/6.2 2006-07 35-35 929/26.5 161-293/.549 0-0/.000 77-150/.513 105-156-261/7.5 81-0 7/0.2 68 16/0.5 10/0.3 399/11.4 2007-08 34-33 919/27.0 163-285/.572 0-0/.000 101-179/.564 107-141-248/7.3 86-1 27/0.8 73 20/0.6 16/0.5 427/12.6 Totals 123-101 2586/21.0 420-768/.547 0-0/.000 218-411/.530 292-405-697/5.7 262-2 49/0.4 190 52/0.4 42/0.3 1058/8.6