Transferred to Illinois after four years at Coastal Carolina ... Eligible this season per NCAA graduate transfer rules.
AT COASTAL CAROLINA
Played in 105 career games at Coastal Carolina, starting 91 times and posting totals of 674 points, 647 rebounds and 155 blocks along with a career field-goal percentage of .618 ... Owns the Coastal Carolina school record for career blocked shots and ranks seventh on the school's all-time rebounding list ... Two-time Big South All-Academic Selection ... First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-District in 2012 ... Started all 31 games for the Chanticleers last season, averaging 10.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks while shooting 65.2 percent from the field ... Scored a career-high 20 points vs. Old Dominion on March 13, 2012 ... Grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds in a win over LSU on Nov. 15, 2011 ... Averaged 7.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 2011, setting the Coastal Carolina single-season record with 60 blocked shots ... Selected to the 2011 Big South All-Tournament Team after averaging 12.3 points and 11.0 rebounds over three games while helping lead the Chanticleers to a championship-game appearance ... Averaged 3.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 2010 ... Played in the first six games before a knee injury sidelined him for the remainder of the 2009 season, resulting in a medical redshirt.
Two-time, first-team Class 4A All-State selection ... Big Bend Player of the Year and first-team selection as both a junior and senior ... Four-time All-Gadsden County pick ... Honor roll student at East Gadsden High ... High school coach was Dimitri Salters ... Played for the Team Breakdown AAU program, coached by Kenny Gillion.
Born Nov. 8, 1989 in Tallahassee, Fla. ... Enrolled in the UI master's program in recreation, sport and tourism ... Earned a bachelor's degree in sports management from Coastal Carolina in 2012 ... Grandparents are Bobby and Vienia McLaurin ... Has an older brother, Adontay, younger sister, Daphne, and younger brother, Zachary ... Biggest thrill in sports was winning at Clemson last season ... Favorite athlete is Kevin Garnett.