11th overall pick and choose in the 2007 NBA Draft from the Atlanta Hawks; after flatting round the little league for four years, he started playing abroad in Serbia and Greece. He was an all-state senior high school participant at Kimball SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in Dallas, Tx. He was a Consensus 1st group All-American in 2007 and became the 1st Texas A&M college student to possess his shirt retired. His great uncle was MLB story Ernie Banking institutions. During his 1st 2 yrs in the little league, he performed alongside Josh Smith around the Hawks.