21 Mezie Uzochukwu
21 Mezie Uzochukwu
Height: 6-5
Weight: 215
Year: Junior
Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.
High School: Northeast Guilford HS
Position: F
2008-09: Showed improvement in his sophomore season, especially on the perimeter... played in all 30 games... started 29 times... ranked fifth on the team in scoring with 6.3 ppg... also averaged 3.6 rebounds per outing... connected on 30.2 percent of his shots from behind the arc... grabbed 41 offensive boards out of 109 total rebounds... ranked second on the team with 26 steals... had more assists (40) than turnovers (36)... increased his averages to 7.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in A-Sun play... shot 72.4 percent from the free throw line against A-Sun foes... reached double figures four times... had a pair of solid outings to start the season... had seven points and two rebounds at Georgia (Nov. 14)... added eight points and two boards at nationally-ranked Notre Dame (Nov. 16)... poured in a career-high 16 points to go with five rebounds at Kennesaw State (Dec. 1)... added 10 points and six boards at Mercer (Dec. 2)... finished with nine points and four rebounds against Liberty in the final game of the Las Vegas Classic (Dec. 23)... had eight points and four boards in the win over North Florida (Jan. 3)... strong with seven points and six rebounds in the 73-65 victory over Campbell (Jan. 24)... finished with 15 points and two rebounds in the 70-59 victory at Jacksonville (Feb. 1)... had nine points, five rebounds and three assists in 54-53 win over Stetson (Feb. 7)... led the Spartans to their first-ever three-game winning streak in Division I play with a career-high 22 points in the 71-62 victory over Florida Gulf Coast (Feb. 9)... an A-Sun All-Academic selection for the second straight year. 2007-08: Had an outstanding freshman season for the Spartans... made a name for himself after hitting two free throws with under a second to play to give Upstate a 58-56 win at SMU, the program's first over a Division I opponent... saw action in all 30 games... started 15 times... averaged 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game... raised those averages to 7.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game during A-Sun games... also collected 37 assists and 20 steals... ranked second on the team with 11 blocked shots... ranked third on the team with 49 offensive rebounds... reached double figures in scoring nine times... recorded two double-doubles on the year, the only two times he pulled down double digit rebounds... had a double-double at Duquesne with 10 points and 11 rebounds (Dec. 30)... also tallied a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards in the 79-58 win at Campbell (Feb. 21)... had back-to-back double figure games with 12 and 13 points against Brevard (Dec. 6) and Bluefield (Dec. 15)... finished with double figures in four straight games against Duquesne (10, Dec. 30), Iowa State (10, Jan. 2), ETSU (11, Jan. 5) and Gardner-Webb (14, Jan. 10)... had 14 points at Lipscomb (Jan. 17)... totaled 10 points in the win over Mercer (Feb. 3)... also a standout in the classroom... named to the A-Sun All-Academic team... named Upstate's co-Freshman Student-Athlete of the Year High School: A four-year letterman at Northeast Guilford High School... averaged 17.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 blocks per game for his career... averaged 20.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.3 blocks per game as a senior... a Second Team All-State selection as a senior... named the Triad 3A Conference Player of the Year as a senior... selected to play in the East-West All-Star Game... led the East to the victory and was named the game's Most Valuable Player... also a standout student... a member of the Beta Club... an Honor Roll selection throughout his high school career... earned an Academic Letter... graduated with a 4.25 GPA. Personal: Born on Aug. 3, 1989 in Greensboro, N.C... son of Dr. Godfrey and Mary Uzochukwu... has three sisters, Mollie, Delia, and Uzoma... his parents are both in education... his parents are originally from Nigeria... a business finance major... hobbies include listening to music... likes to eat Chinese food... favorite movie is "The Dark Knight"... likes to watch "SportsCenter" on TV... favorite actor is Denzel Washington... likes listening to T.I... favorite season is summer... favorite sports figure is Michael Jordan... his parents were his heroes growing up and the people he admires the most... favorite quote is "You do what you have to do so that you can do what you want to do"... dream job is to be a "SportsCenter" anchor.