Desmond’s biography from his sophomore year.
Should compete for the starting two-guard position after completing the ’99 season starting the last 17 games… Good defensive stopper will have to become more aggressive offensively… Can shoot with range or score inside.
Freshman: Started the last 17 games at shooting guard and played in 36 of the 37 contests… Finished the season averaging 15.4 mpg and 4.7 ppg, good for eighth on the team… Had career highs of 12 points and six assists against Arkansas (2/20/99) and grabbed five rebounds on four occasions… Became a defensive specialist, but also succeeded offensively, hitting 50.0 percent from the field and three-point range during the NCAA Tournament, while averaging 5.2 ppg, which tied for fifth on the team in scoring…. Against Auburn, scored two of his 10 points before the shot clock expired to help stave off a Tiger rally in the SEC tourney, his fifth double-figure performance of the season… Finished the SEC slate tied for fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2-to-1) against league competition… Against LSU, made the start while suffering from the stomach flu. Despite sickness during and after the game, he was 4-of-5 from the field, 2-of-2 from three-point range, to finish with 11 points and two steals in 21 minutes… His break-through game came at Vanderbilt where he canned two three-pointers in the first half after hitting only two threes all year… Scored his first collegiate points against EKU on his first shot attempt. Finished with nine points, two rebounds, an assist and two steals in his debut.
High School: Led Robinson to the 1998 Class 4A state semifinals, the school’s first state tournament appearance since 1980… Averaged 34.5 ppg, 10.8 rpg and 9.0 apg as a senior, just missing a triple-double… Finished his career with 2,280 points… Was named Hillsborough County High School Male Athlete of the Year by the St. Petersburg Times after earning all-state honors in basketball, football and track… On the gridiron, he averaged 22.9 yards per catch on 38 receptions. He caught 15 TD passes and scored 23 TDs during the season. Helped the Knights to a 4A state quarterfinal berth in the school’s first playoff appearance since 1977… In track, was region champ in the 400 meters and ran the anchor leg on Robinson’s 4 x 400 team, finishing fifth at the state meet… During his senior season, scored six TDs in back-to-back playoff football games and, in between, averaged 30.5 ppg in two hoops contests… He was an all-state selection as a junior after averaging 36.7 ppg, 10.7 rpg and 7.9 apg to lead the Knights to a 27-3 mark and a 4A regional berth… As a sophomore, he averaged a triple-double with 27.8 ppg, 12.8 rpg and 10.2 apg… Team completed 1996 with a 26-4 record and a 4A regional tournament finish… Coached on the hardwood by Scott Wagers.
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