Khris Middleton is the guy. He’s from Texas A&M. Just showed up on the ESPN screen.
A few tidbits from his last year, his junior year in college: Appeared in 20 games, starting 17 … averaged 13.2 points and 5.0 rebounds, both second-best on squad … led the team in scoring 9 times … posted 14 double-figure scoring games … scored 20 or more three times … missed a total of 12 games after injuring knee in season opener against Liberty (11/9) … underwent surgery (11/11) to repair partially torn meniscus in right knee and missed 7 games.
ESPN’s Jay Bilas on the pick: “He’s a solid player who has a good chance to be a good shooter in the NBA.”
Bilas said he should’ve stayed in school.
Before Middleton’s A&M career:
Rated No. 64 by ESPN.com, which also ranked him as the best shooter among the nation’s small forward prospects … averaged 22.4 points and 8.6 rebounds as a prep senior, earning all-state honors and lerading team to state title game … averaged 21.0 points and 8.6 rebounds as a junior … twice earned state player of the year honors … posted a career-high scoring game of 39 points … coached by John Pearson … played AAU basketball with the Carolina Celtics, where he was teammates with Jamal Curry (Radford), Devin Booker (Clemson) and K.J. Manigault (Wichita State) … also recruited by Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Michigan and St. Joseph’s.