31  Preston Laird
Preston Laird

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Memphis, Tenn.

High School:
Germantown HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 183

Position:
Guard

Experience:
2L

Honors:
C-USA Academic Medalist (2012); C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll (2012)


05/04/2012

Forty-Seven Student-Athletes in Commencement Activities Saturday

Tigers' athletics well-represented in the 100th year commencement activities.

03/10/2012

Memphis Postgame Quotes vs. Marshall in C-USA Tourney

03/02/2012

Memphis Basketball Notes

Tigers to close regular season action at Tulsa Saturday.

02/28/2012

Memphis Postgame Notes vs. UCF

02/28/2012

Memphis Postgame Quotes vs. UCF

02/28/2012

Memphis vs UCF

Memphis vs UCF at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., on February 28, 2012. Photos by Joe Murphy

10/14/2011

2011 Memphis Madness

The 2011 Memphis Madness at the FedExForum on October 14, 2011.

Career
Has played in 30 games ... Averaging 0.7 points and 0.2 rebounds ... Shooting 33.3 percent from the field, 75 percent from the three-point arc and 64.3 percent from the free throw line ... Has five assists.

Honors
Three-time recipient of the Conference USA Academic Medal in 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 ... Named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2009, 2010 and 2011 ... Earned a 4.0 grade-point average for the 2009 fall and 2011 spring semesters ... Named to the Dean's List for the 2009 fall, 2010 spring and 2011 spring semesters ... Earned Tiger 30 distinction for the 2008 fall, 2009 fall and 2011 spring semesters ... A member of the Tiger 3.0 Club all six semesters (2008 fall-2011 spring) ... One of two Memphis student-athletes to attend the NCAA Career In Sports seminar in the summer of 2011.

2010-11 Season (Junior)
Saw action in two games ... Averaged 0.0 points and 0.0 rebounds ... Did not attempt a field goal, three-pointer or free throw ...

Postseason (NCAA/C-USA Tournaments):Played in one Conference USA Tournament game ... Saw one minute of action vs. East Carolina in the C-USA Tournament semifinal contest ...

Conference USA play:Did not see action in Conference USA games ...

Non-conference play (regular season games only):Played in one non-conference game ... Saw one minute of action in the Tigers' home victory over Lipscomb.

2009-10 Season (Sophomore)
Saw action in 10 games ... Averaged 0.5 points and 0.1 rebounds ... Shot 20 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the free throw line ... Had three assists ...

Postseason (NIT/C-USA Tournament):Did not see any game action in the Tigers' postseason (three games) ...

Conference USA play:Played in two Conference USA games ... Played two minutes in the C-USA regular season finale victory vs. Tulsa ... Saw a minute of action in the Tigers' C-USA home opener vs. East Carolina ... Dished out one assist (tied career high) in the win over the Pirates ...

Non-conference play (regular season games only):Played in eight non-league games and saw 21 minutes of action ... Averaged 0.6 points and 0.1 rebounds ... Played a career-best four minutes in a home win over Houston Baptist ... Played two minutes each in home victories over Southeast Missouri State and Montana State ... Scored two points (1-of-1 FG) in a home win over Arkansas State ... Saw three minutes of play in back-to-back contests vs. Oakland and Central Arkansas ... Had one assist in the home victory over Central Arkansas ... Scored one point and pulled down one board in three minutes of play in a home win over Tennessee Tech ... Netted two points and dished out an assist in the Tigers' regular season-opening win over Jackson State ... Played two minutes vs. Jackson State.

2008-09 Season (Freshman)
Played in 18 of the Tigers' 37 games ... Averaged 0.9 points and 0.3 rebounds ... Had two assists ... Shot 40 percent from the field, 100 percent from the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line ...

Postseason (NCAA/C-USA Tournaments):Played in three of Memphis' six postseason contests ... Averaged 0.3 rebounds ... In the NCAA Tournament, saw action in the Tigers' second-round victory over Maryland ... Grabbed one rebound in his one minute of action vs. the Terrapins ... Played in two games in the Conference USA Tournament ... Recorded two minutes vs. Tulsa in the C-USA Tournament championship game and one minute vs. Houston in the C-USA Tournament semifinal ... Was 0-of-1 from the field vs. the Cougars ...

Conference USA play:Saw action in nine league games ... Averaged 0.8 points and 0.4 rebounds ... Had two assists ... Shot 33.3 percent from the floor, 100 percent from the three-point line and 50 percent from the foul line ... Dished out one assist in the regular season finale vs. Tulane ... Grabbed one board in a home victory over Southern Miss ... Scored one point and pulled down one rebound in a home win over SMU ... Had two points and one rebound in a home win over Tulsa ... Grabbed one board vs. Houston ... Scored three points and added one assist vs. Rice ... Netted his three points on 1-of-1 shooting from the arc vs. the Owls ... Scored one point in the C-USA opener vs. Marshall ...

Non-conference play (regular season games only):Played in six of the Tigers' 15 non-league games ... Averaged 1.7 points ... Shot 66.7 percent from the field, 100 percent from three-point line and 100 percent from the charity stripe ... Netted three points on 1-of-1 shooting from the arc vs. Lamar ... Played a season-high tying three minutes vs. the Cardinals ... Was 2-of-2 from the free throw line for his two points vs. Northeastern ... Saw two minutes of action vs. Drexel ... Scored a career-high five points on a perfect shooting performance vs. Marist ... Was 1-of-1 from the arc and 2-of-2 from the free throw line vs. the Red Foxes ... Played a season-best three minutes vs. Marist ... Saw game action vs. Seton Hall in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off semifinal game ... Played one minute in the season opener vs. Fairfield.

High School
Played basketball and golf at Germantown High School ... Earned letters in both sports ... Played shooting guard and point guard for the Red Devil basketball program under head coach Newton Mealer ... Averaged 15.4 points, 4.7 assists and 4.2 rebounds as a senior in 2007-08 ... The Red Devils posted a 15-14 record in 2007-08 ... His best offensive game was a 27-point performance as a senior in 2007-08 ... Named to the Commercial Appeal's2007 Best of the Preps for boys golf ... A National Honor Society member and was a Commended National Merit recipient ... Was active in the History and Better Business clubs.

Personal
Full name is Preston Alan Laird ... Birthday is September 25 ... Son of Brent and Emily Laird ... A Communication major ... Received an appointment to attend the Air Force Academy, but chose to play at the University of Memphis ... Served as a Tigers hoops ball boy during his grade/middle school years.

Laird's Career Stats
Year GP-GS MIN/AVG FG-A FG-Pct 3G-A 3pt-Pct FT-A FT-pct OR-DR Tot/Avg A TO BL ST Pts/Avg
08-09 18-0 30/1.7 4-10 .400 3-3 1.000 6-8 .750 3-2 5/0.3 2 3 0 0 17/0.9
09-10 10-0 24/2.4 1-5 .200 0-1 .000 3-6 .500 1-0 1/0.1 3 2 0 0 5/0.6
10-11 2-0 2/1.0 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 0-0 0/0.0 0 0 0 0 0/0.0
11-12 8-0 15/1.9 1-6 .167 0-5 .000 1-2 .500 0-1 1/0.1 0 0 0 0 3/0.4
Totals 38-0 71/1.9 6-21 .286 3-9 .333 10-16 .625 4-3 7/0.2 5 5 0 0 25/0.7
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