For WWU's career scoring leader, doubt and naysaying were familiar foes, lingering responses from a life-changing accident that occurred when he was only 2 years old
COLLEGE: Ended career first among school leaders in points with 1,844, fourth in assists with 404, sixth in rebounds with 576 and seventh in steals with 210 ... Started all 113 games during his four-year career ... Besides scoring, set school career marks for field goals made (646), field goals attempted (1,340) and minutes played (3,734) ... Consensus All-American as senior, being named first-team NABC and Daktronics, second-team Basketball Times and third-team Division II Bulletin ... Daktronics West Region Player of the Year ... First-team Daktronics (only unanimous choice and only repeater) and NABC West Region and Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star (only repeater) ... Named to West Regional all-tournament team ... Selected to play in inaugural NABC DII All-Star game, but declined ... National finalist for V Foundation Comeback Award for third straight year ... 2005-06 Street & Smith's Magazine Preseason All-American (second team) ... Started all 30 games, averaging 20.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 steals ... Set school season record for 3-point field goals made (101) ... Ranked nationally in four categories, being 11th in 3-point makes per game (3.4), 20th in scoring, 26th in free throw percentage (84.5) and 31st in 3-point shooting (43.7) ... Scored career-high 40 points vs. Humboldt State on 1/28/06 ... Scored double figures in 27 games ... Team co-captain and co-MVP ... United States Basketball Writers Association 2005 Most Courageous Award winner as junior ... First-team National Association of Basketball Coaches and Daktronics West Region all-star, and first-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star ... Averaged 17.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.0 steals ... Shot 50.3 percent from the field, including 46.9 percent from 3-point range, and 82.3 percent on free throws ... Scored 34 points vs. Seattle U. on 3/3/05, making 8-of-11 3-pointers, one short of school record ... Scored double figures in team-high 25 games ... Made 30 consecutive free throws during one stretch, seven short of school record, including all 14 vs. Alaska Anchorage on 2/17/05 ... MVP of both WWU/Chuck Randall Thanksgiving Classic and Sonoma State Classic ... Twice GNAC Player of the Week ... Team MVP ... Second-team GNAC all-star as sophomore ... Started all 27 games ... Led team in scoring (15.4 avg.), rebounding (5.9), steals (2.0) ... Also averaged 3.3 assists and shot 42.1 percent (56-of-133) from 3-point range ... Scored double figures in 21 games, including 10 of last 11 ... Shot just 37.3 percent from the field in first six games, and 48.5 percent in last 21 ... Had 30 points vs. Western Baptist OR on 12/13/03, and career highs of 11 rebounds three times, 8 assists vs. Alaska Fairbanks on 3/6/04 and 7 steals vs. Seattle Pacific on 2/28/04 ... Started all 27 games as redshirt freshman ... Averaged 11.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals ... Scored double figures in 17 games ... Four letters.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Washington State Sportswriters Association Class 2A all-state pick as senior at Lynden Christian High School ... Selected to play in Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association all-state game ... Named Most Valuable Player of North Cascades League and to district (MVP) and state all-tourney teams ... Led Lyncs to 22-5 record, league co-championship and second place at state tournament ... Team MVP for second time and team captain for third time ... Averaged 22.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.9 steals, shooting 51.1 percent (214-419) from the floor, 34.6 percent (47-136) from 3-point range and 81.3 percent (122-150) at free throw line ... Set school season records for points (597), steals (78) and free throw percentage; and career marks for points (1,458), 3-point field goals (184), assists (440), steals (244) and free throw percentage (77.2) ... First-team all-league and district all-tourney choice as junior on 20-8 team that reached state tournament ... Set school season records for 3-point field goals (53) and assists (151), averaging 15.4 points and 5.4 assists ... As sophomore, earned first-team all-state and all-league recognition, helping LCHS to 22-5 record and league, district and Class 1A State Tournament titles ... As freshman, played on squad that won district title and placed third at state ... Four-year starter and letter winner ... Also lettered four years in soccer ... Twice first-team all-league ... Helped LCHS to state title as sophomore.
PERSONAL: Earned bachelor's degree in business administration and finance at WWU in 2006 ... His father, Glen, earned all-state honors in basketball as he led LCHS to 1976 state championship, and his brother, Greg, was all-league wide receiver on Western football team ... He and wife, Tara (formerly Mouw), have four children: sons Griffin 8, Gannon 6, Gunnar 4, and daughter Tyra 2 ... In seventh year as Commercial Loan Officer at Whatcom Educational Credit Union in Bellingham, Wash. ... Youth league coach.