Xavier senior Drew Lavender is a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, which is given to the nation's top point guard.
Xavier 83, Dayton 67
Photos by Greg Rust
HONOR ROLL...was on one of the six regional covers for Sports Illustrated for the publication's tournament issue...on the 2007-08 Atlantic 10 Conference Second Team, his second straight year as an A-10 Second Team pick by the A-10 coaches...was on the 2007 A-10 All-Championship Team after averaging 15.5 points, 9.0 assists and 2.5 steals for XU's two games...Atlantic 10 Player of the Week once this season and three times in his career...a double-double vs. Creighton earned him this season's honor.
2007-08...was bothered for about a month by a sprained left ankle suffered in the Charlotte game on Feb. 13 but was back in form at tourney time...sat out the Richmond game but had 12 points and six assists in the A-10 Quarterfinal win over Dayton, 13 in the NCAA win over Georgia and a team-high tying 18 points to go with a Xavier NCAA Tournament record-tying nine assists in the win over Purdue...third on the team in scoring (10.8 ppg.), including 11.3 ppg. to go with 6.0 apg. in the 2008 NCAA Tournament...scored 28 points on 9-of-13 (.692) shooting from the field and dished a career-high 10 assists in the win over Creighton and had a team-high 19 point-game at UMass that also included a career-high nine rebounds...led the team in assists (fourth in the Atlantic 10 at 4.5 apg.) and steals (1.0 spg.)...second in the Atlantic 10 and 13th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.66-to-1.00)...had 20 double-figure scoring games as a senior...scored 14 points at George Washington, including 12 in the second half, to go with a game-high seven assists...scored a team-high 21 points in the Kansas State win...2007 Chicago Invitational Challenge Co-MVP...averaged 11.8 points, 4.8 assists and 2.0 steals for XU's four wins in the event, including 13 points and six assists in the championship game win over Indiana...had 16 points, including 11 in the second half, versus Kent State.
1,000-POINT CLUB MEMBER...scored 1,428 career collegiate points, including 659 at Oklahoma and 769 at Xavier.
2006-07...A-10 Second Team and 2007 A-10 All-Championship Team...for the entire season he led the entire Atlantic 10 in assists at 4.8 apg., including a then career-high nine assists five times: nine assists with no turnovers in the win over Saint Joseph's, nine at Duquesne and against Dayton and nine for both A-10 Tournament games (Dayton and URI)...had eight assists in the win over Saint Louis and in the NCAA Second Round against Ohio State...had an assist-to-turnover ratio to 2.88-to-1.00 (first in the A-10)...hit 9-of-10 from the field, including a career-high seven out of eight three-pointers on his way to a career-high 31 points against Charlotte...led XU in three-point field goal percentage at 45.0 percent, which ranked third in the A-10...hit 5-of-5 three-pointers at St. Bonaventure, setting an XU single-game percentage mark.
FUELING THE SUCCESS...averaged 15.3 ppg. and 6.0 apg. during XU's last 12 games, helping XU to a 10-2 record and the NCAA Second Round...scored 17 points and had five assists in the win over BYU, including 15 points in the second half alone to lead the Xavier comeback from nine points down...that effort earned him the CBS/Chevrolet Game MVP Award...had 72 assists and just 16 turnovers for the last 12 games, a 4.50-to-1.00 assist-to-turnover ratio.
2004-05 AT OKLAHOMA (SOPHOMORE)...9.7 ppg. and 3.2 apg. under head coach Kelvin Sampson...team was 25-8 (12-4 Big 12) and reached the NCAA Second Round.
2003-04 AT OKLAHOMA (FRESHMAN)...honorable mention All-Big 12...team was 20-11 (8-8 Big 12) and reached the NIT Second Round...named to Big 12's All-Freshman Team...a CollegeInsider.com national All-Freshman Team selection...second on team with 11.3 points per game.
HIGH SCHOOL...McDonald's All-American and second team Parade All-American...averaged 18.4 points, 10.7 assists and 4.0 steals per game as a senior...coached at Brookhaven by his late stepfather, Bruce Howard.
PERSONAL...a liberal arts major...born November 6, 1984 in Wichita, Kansas...parents are Shirlene Howard and Tony Lavender.