SENIOR SEASON (2005-06):Declared for 2005 National Basketball Association Draft on April 14 and withdrew name to return to school on June 21 after participating in Chicago pre-draft camp in early June ... dominating frontline player who has led Notre Dame in rebounding in each of this first three seasons ... three-year starter has the ability and presence on the floor to be one of the top big men in the country ... combines both finesse and power in his game ... a gifted and physical athlete with the ability to dominate a contest at both ends of the floor in terms of both scoring and rebounding ... runs the floor extremely well ... a smart decision player who is unselfish and displays a strong work ethic.
JUNIOR SEASON (2004-05): Captain of 2004-05 Irish ... returned to start all 29 contests after undergoing back surgery on March 8 that repaired a herniated disc which sidelined him for the final 12 games of the season ... averaged 9.3 points and 7.8 rebounds ... leading rebounder for the third straight year ... team leader in doubles-doubles with six and owns 23 during his career ... netted double figures in 14 contests and scored in double figures in scored in double figures in 49 of 83 career games and grabbed 10-plus rebounds in 28 career outings ... registered second straight double-double in loss to Rutgers as he scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds after finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds against Pittsburgh ... posted double-double in loss at Syracuse with 15 points and 11 rebounds ... registered 20th career double-double in Notre Dame's second meeting against Villanova as he scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds ... scored 19 points in win over Connecticut ... grabbed nine or more rebounds in 14 contests ... hauled in nine rebounds versus Harvard in season opener and first game back after missing final 12 games of the 2003-04 campaign ... scored 12 points in shooting 5-6 from the field against Michigan ... scored 11 points against IPFW for only other double-figures scoring effort of the season ... registered first double-double of the season and blocked 100th career shot against Indiana ... grabbed 500th career rebound versus DePaul ... grabbed nine rebounds against Army ... netted a season-high 13 points in win over Marist ... posted second double-double of the year in the BIG EAST-opening defeat of Seton Hall, including a 6-7 effort from the charity stripe ... finished with 15 points and nine rebounds against Syracuse playing a season-high 35 minutes ... finished with nine points and nine rebounds against St. John's ... grabbed 600th rebound in loss at Syracuse ... scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds in win over Georgetown ... tallied 10 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked a season-high three shots against UCLA ... finished with eight points and nine rebounds against Rutgers in win at Joyce Center ... earned fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 boards versus Pittsburgh ... leading scorer in five contests, including three straight games at midseason against Villanova, Connecticut and Syracuse ... also was the team's leading rebounder in 18 contests ... his six double-doubles of the season were against Indiana (11 points and 13 rebounds), Seton Hall (15 points and 10 rebounds), Villanova (19 points and 13 rebounds), Syracuse (15 points and 11 rebounds), Pittsburgh (16 points and 10 rebounds) and Rutgers (21 points and 13 rebounds).
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2003-04): Missed the final 12 games of the season with a back surgery...earned honorable mention all-BIG EAST honors...underwent back surgery on March 8 to repair a herniated disc in his lower back...had started every game (54) of his Notre Dame career prior to the injury...the first game he missed was the contest versus Seton Hall on February 14...in two previous outings against Pittsburgh and Connecticut, played just nine and seven minutes, respectively, after being bothered by back spasms...scored in double figures in 16 of 20 contests during the 2003-04 campaign and in 35 games overall during his career...did not score in double figures in final three games before injury...held to just eight points in Kentucky game which snapped 15-game double-figure scoring streak which dated back to the '02-'03 campaign... led Irish in double doubles for the second consecutive year with seven and has 17 in his career...Notre Dame's leading scorer in six contests and was the team's leading rebounder in 12 games...tallied 20-plus points in five games and nine times during his career...registered his fifth 20-point outing of the season in loss at Rutgers when he finished with 23 points and eight rebounds...finished with scored 22 points on 9-12 shooting from the field,16 rebounds and four blocked shots in win at Virginia Tech...the 16 boards were his second--highest rebounding total of his career...prior to the contest against the Hokies, had registered his sixth double double of the season with a 17-point and 10-rebound performance in loss to Syracuse... netted 24 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in season opener versus Northern Illinois...both scoring and rebounding totals were one shy of his career bests...was 10-14 from the free throw line in the contest...the 19 boards were the second-highest rebounding total...his double doubles of the season were against Northern Illinois (24 points, 19 rebound), Central (10 points and 12 rebounds), Indiana (13 points and 14 rebounds), Quinnipiac (19 points and 11 rebounds), Morehead State (21 points and 10 rebounds), Syracuse (17 points and 10 rebounds) and Virginia Tech (22 points and 16 rebounds)...posted back-to-back double doubles three times during the season...hauled in 10-plus rebounds for the third straight game as he finished with 12 against Kentucky...scored 17 points on 8-10 shooting from the field against Miami, in addition to grabbing eight rebounds...netted 13 points and grabbed six rebounds versus Mount St. Mary's as he was a perfect 3-3 from the field and 7-7 from the charity stripe... tallied 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds in loss at Marquette...hit 5-8 shots from the field and hit 11-14 free throws...perfect from the field against the Mountaineers as he hit all three of field goal attempts and converted all seven of this free-throw attempts... was a perfect 7-7 from the line against Mount St. Mary's...has attempted 10-plus free throws in four games...was 8-10 from the line against Central Michigan and 7-10 versus Syracuse...finished with 13 points and seen rebounds versus American... played all 40 minutes against Marquette...shot 7-11from the field in netting 17 points against West Virginia...also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked four shots in the contest...scored 11 points in back-to-back contests against Villanova and Pittsburgh...also grabbed seven rebounds against the Panthers...played 30-plus minutes in 15 games (played only 20 in win over Villanova and 24 against West Virginia) and 35-plus minutes in 10 contests.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2002-03): Started all 34 games during his rookie season and averaged 11.1 points (fourth best on the team) and a team-leading 8.4 rebounds...a BIG EAST All-Rookie Team selection...averaged 28.6 minutes per game...scored in double figures in 19 games and grabbed 10-plus rebounds in 12 games...registered a team-high 10 double doubles...played 30-plus minutes in 13 games this season, including a career-best 40 minutes versus Arizona in regional semifinal contest...against the Wildcats, connected on 10-11 shots from the field in scoring 25 points and grabbing 10 rebounds ...played 38 minutes, scoring five points and grabbing 14 rebounds in NCAA second round win versus vs. Illinois...averaged 17.7 points and 12.7 rebounds in Notre Dame's three NCAA tournament games, while shooting 18-31 (.581) from the field...registered ninth double double of season in first round vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, delivering career-high 23 points, including game-winning lay-up with 33 seconds remaining...shot seven of 11 from the field and nine of 10 from the free throw line...also had 14 rebounds...scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds in loss to St. John's in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship while playing a career best 37 minutes...converted on game-winning lay-up with 0.6 seconds remaining in 66-64 victory over Pittsburgh and finished the game with seven points, five rebounds and two assists...in Irish loss at home to Syracuse, as he finished with 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds...also blocked five shots vs. SU...connected on 6-7 shots from the field and was 7-10 from the free throw line...registered seventh double double in win over Valparaiso as he scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds...finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds in win over Vanderbilt...scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds in win at West Virginia...netted 17 points and grabbed six rebounds in loss at Syracuse...was 11-17 (both personal highs) from the free throw line...registered 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 30 minutes against Providence...scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds against Boston College...finished with 11 points in loss at Rutgers...in championship game versus Texas, played 35 minutes in win over the Longhorns and registered his fifth double double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, connecting on 7-12 shots from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line...in addition, he finished with a personal best eight blocked shots...in the first round game against Maryland, had 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots against Maryland as he made all eight of his field-goal attempts...became the first Irish freshman to grab 20 rebounds in a game in win over Bucknell...in win over Marquette, he finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds playing a career-high 33 minutes...it marked the second straight double double outing as he also finished with his 15 points and 15 rebounds in previous outing versus Albany...registered his second double double of the season with 11 points and 20 rebounds versus Bucknell...in collegiate debut, played 25 minutes and scored seven points, grabbed four rebounds and blocked four shots in win over Belmont...registered the first double double of his career with 16 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes versus IUPUI...scored 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished off a career-high three assists versus DePaul in 26 minutes...scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds in 31 minutes in BIG EAST debut against Pittsburgh...finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and a career-high three steals against Seton Hall in first game...netted nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds in loss to the Pirates in second meeting...finished with eight points and seven rebounds...had five points and nine rebounds in win over Furman...scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds against Kentucky...scored five points, grabbed three rebounds and blocked three shots against Georgetown...scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds versus Connecticut and netted seven points and grabbed eight rebounds in win over the Hoyas at the MCI Center.
HIGH SCHOOL: Garnered McDonald's and Parade High School All-American honors in his senior season...averaged 28.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots in his final scholastic campaign at Tabor Academ...recipient of the Morgan Wootten Award as the McDonald's National Boys National Player of the Year...a second-team All-America selection by Parade Magazine...scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds as a starter for the East squad at the McDonald's All-America contest, held in Madison Square Garden...netted seven points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots in 24 minutes of action at the EA Sports Roundball Classic held in Chicago...two-time Nike All-American...played his first two seasons of high school basketball at Boston Latin before transferring to Tabor, where he played for three years...two-year starter at Tabor...he averaged 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots during his junior year...three-time all-conference selection...led his Tabor Academy team to three consecutive New England Prep school championships...holds school record in triple jump...played in the '01 USA Development Youth Basketball Festival...standout on the BABC AAU team...won McDonald's "2-Ball" competition with current Notre Dame sophomore women's basketball player Courtney LaVere..
PERSONAL: Vice-president of senior class and served as sports editor of the student newspaper...also was a proctor (the equivalent to a residence assistant in college) in one of the dormitories on the Tabor campus...high school coach David First is currently an assistant men's basketball coach at St. Bonaventure...second oldest of six children...full name is Torin Jamal Francis...son of Brynell Francis Smikle...born 6-26-83 in Boston, Mass...enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business with a major in marketing.
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