Honors & Awards
2005-06 Wooden Award Candidate
2005-06 ESPN.com/Dick Vitale Super Seven Sophs
2005-06 ESPN.com/Dick Vitale All-Solid Gold Third Team
2005 National Freshman All-America Team (Rivals.com, CollegeInsider.com, The Sporting News, Basketball Times)
2005 Conference USA Freshman of the Year
2005 All-Conference USA Third Team
2005 Conference USA All-Freshman Team
2005 Conference USA All-Tournament Team
2005 ESPN.com/Dick Vitale Conference USA Dandy Diaper of the Year
2005 CBSsportsline.com Conference USA Freshman of the Year
2005 USBWA All-District 4 Team
Overview: One of the nation's top point guards ... A talented, natural scorer with a competitive fire ... Wants to win at everything he does ... Has the ability to become a great defender with his quickness and toughness ... Has natural leadership abilities.
Career: Has started all 38 games of his career ... Averaging 15.4 points and 3.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds ... Shooting 46 percent from the field, 39.5 percent from the arc and 73.3 percent from the foul line ... Has 63 steals ... Has netted double figures 32 times.
2005-06 Preseason: A 2005-06 Wooden Award preseason candidate ... Named to the 2005-06 ESPN.com/Dick Vitale Super Seven Sophs list ... Selected to the ESPN.com/Dick Vitale All-Solid Gold third team ... Participated at the Team USA U21 Trials in Dallas in late July.
2004-05 Season: Picked up the following honors: Rivals.com National Freshman All-America first team, CollegeInsider.com National Freshman All-America Team, The Sporting News National Freshman All-America Team, Basketball Times National Freshman All-America first team, Conference USA Freshman of the Year, Conference USA All-Freshman Team, All-Conference USA third team, Conference USA All-Tournament Team, USBWA District 4 team, ESPN.com/Dick Vitale Conference USA Diaper Dandy of the Year ... Moved to point guard his freshman season after playing most of his prep career at shooting guard ... Was team's second-leading scorer with a 15.4 average ... Led squad with 144 assists (3.8 apg) and 63 steals (1.7 spg) ... Shot 46 percent from the floor, 39.5 percent from the arc and 73.3 percent from the charity stripe ... Named Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week and ESPN.com/Dick Vitale Diaper Dandy of the Week honors twice ... Earned The Sporting News National Player of the Week accolade once ...Had 32 double-digit scoring games ... Recorded five or more assists 15 times ... Ranked among Conference USA leaders (overall games) in scoring (9th), assists (8th), steals (10th) and three-point field goal percentage (9th) ... In Conference USA games only, ranked among the league leaders in scoring (3rd), field goal percentage (9th), assists (10th), free throw percentage (9th), steals (6th) and three-point field goal percentage (6th) ... Postseason (NIT/C-USA Tournament): Averaged 14.6 points, 5.1 assists and 2.5 rebounds in eight postseason contests ... Shot 44.6 percent from the field and 85.4 percent from the free throw line ... Netted double figures in six of the eight contests ... Had five or more assists in six games ... In NIT play, averaged 16.0 points and 4.5 assists ... Shot 88.5 percent (23-of-26) from the foul line in four NIT games ... Had NIT highs of 23 points, seven assists and three steals vs. Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals ... Posted career highs for free throws made (12) and attempted (13) vs. the Commodores ... In Conference USA Tournament, averaged 13.3 points and 5.8 assists ... Shot 47.5 percent from the floor and 80 percent (12-of-15) from the free throw line in the four C-USA Tournament games ... Named to the Conference USA All-Tournament Team ... Had 23 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals in the championship game vs. Louisville ... Scored 11 of Memphis' final 15 points in the title contest ... Had 20 points vs. USF in the C-USA Tournament semifinals ... Conference USA play: Started all 16 games ... Led team in scoring (17.8 ppg), assists (58), steals (29), field goal percentage (50.0) and three-point field goal percentage (43.6) ... Shot 82.5 percent from the foul line ... Averaged 4.2 rebounds from his guard spot in league action ... Netted double figures in all 16 games ... Had six games in which he scored 20 or more points ... Grabbed a career-high eight boards vs. Louisville (2nd game) ... Scored a career-best 29 points vs. Charlotte ... Had career bests for field goals made (11) and attempted (22) and three-pointers made (4) and attempted (8) vs. the 49ers ... Had a perfect shooting game vs. Southern Miss, going 6-of-6 from the field, 3-of-3 from the arc and 6-of-6 from the free throw line ... Scored 21 points vs. the Golden Eagles ... Dished out a career-high nine assists vs. Tulane ... Had 25 points, five rebounds and five assists vs. Louisville (1st game) ... Shot a perfect 10-of-10 at the charity stripe vs. TCU (2nd game) ... Posted 11 points, five rebounds, seven assists and two steals vs. DePaul ... Scored 26 points, including 10-of-10 free throws, vs. UAB ... Scored 20 points vs. USF ... Had 20 points, five assists and a career-high six steals vs. Marquette ... In C-USA debut, posted 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and six steals (career high) vs. Southern Miss (1st game) ... Non-conference play: Averaged 13.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 14 non-conference games ... Shot 42 percent from the field and 36.6 percent from the three-point line ... Had 10 double-figure scoring games ... Had 23 points and six rebounds vs. Texas ... Had a solid all-around performance vs. East Tennessee State with 17 points, seven boards and six assists ... Scored 16 points and dished out eight assists vs. Austin Peay ... Netted 15 of his 17 points vs. Purdue in the second half ... Averaged 12.0 points, 4.3 assists and 3.3 boards in season-opening Coaches vs. Cancer Classic (four games) ... Had 10 points, six rebounds and eight assists in collegiate debut vs. Savannah State.
High School: Played his prep career at Edgewater High School ... Selected to the 2004 Parade Magazine All-America first team ... A McDonald's All-American and played in the All-Star Game ... Won the three-point shooting contest at the McDonald's All-Star Game ... Scored 30 points in the adidas/EA Sports SuperStars game in Knoxville, Tenn. ... Named an adidas All-American ... Selected Mr. Basketball in the state of Florida in 2004 ... Also earned Florida All-State first team accolades following his senior campaign ... Averaged 31.2 points a game in leading Edgewater to a 34-2 record and the Florida 6A state title ... Finished prep career with over 3,000 points, 400 boards, 300 assists and 200 steals ... Reached the 3,000-point career mark with a 45-point performance ... Following 2003-04 season, ranked No. 24 prospect in the nation by Rivals.com The Rivals 150 ... Named to the 2003 Parade Magazine All-America fourth team as a junior ... One of only four juniors to be named to the 2003 Parade squads ... Prior to 2003-04 campaign, rated by PrepStars.com as the No. 2 prospect and the No. 1 guard in the country ... Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 26 prospect overall and the No. 6 shooting guard in the country ... The nation's No. 26 player by TheInsidersHoops.com ... Ranked the No. 33 player in the nation by Bob Gibbon's All-Star Report ... Averaged 30.1 points and shot 50 percent from the field as a junior in 2002-03 ... Also hit 36 percent from the arc and 80 percent from the foul line his junior campaign ... Scored 37 points in helping lead Edgewater to a 72-60 victory over national high school power DeMatha Catholic ... Named Florida's Class 6A Player of the Year in 2002-03.
Other Tidbits: A member of the National Honor Society at Edgewater ... Father, Darius Sr., played his collegiate basketball at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis ... Related to Chucky Atkins, who is a member of the NBA's Washington Wizards ... In addition to basketball, another favorite form of recreation is kickball.
Total 3-Point Rebounds Year GP-GS Min/Avg FG-FGA Pct FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct Off-Def Tot Avg PF-FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts/Avg 2004-05 38-38 1333/35.1 193-420 .460 47-119 .395 151-206 .733 37-101 138 3.6 87-1 144 134 3 63 584/15.4