AS A SENIOR: Enters his final collegiate season having played in every game throughout his career at Notre Dame...will serve as a tri-captain in 2001-02 along with teammates Ryan Humphrey and Harold Swanagan... experienced veteran perimeter player ranks as one of the Irish's all-time three-point shooting leaders...has matured into an outstanding offensive and defensive player...a disciplined defender on the perimeter...boasts deadly accuracy from beyond the three-point arc...set the Irish single-season three-point mark as a sophomore...his outside shooting stretches defenses to the perimeter...has a big, strong physical presence on the floor...with the loss of Troy Murphy and the post cleared up, there will be more open areas on the court for him to score from...versatile scorer who can create scoring opportunities for himself in the interior...can also post up on defenders...shows great maturity on the court and is ready to embrace role as team leader...heads into final campaign needing just 69 three-point fields to became the school's all-time leader in that category.
AS A JUNIOR: Averaged career-best of 13.8 points per game, in addition to averaging 4.7 rebounds...started first 14 games, but suffered sprained ankle in the Kentucky game (Jan. 13) and moved to predominantly a bench role for rest of season before returning to the starting lineup against Xavier (Mar. 16) and Mississippi (Mar. 18) in the NCAA tournament... averaged 13.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in Notre Dame's two NCAA contests...had 20 points, connected on a personal best seven-for-seven from the field in first-round game vs. Xavier (Mar. 16) as he topped the 20-point mark for the fifth time in 2000-01...named CBS Player of the Game for his performance against the Musketeers...on Dec. 21 vs. Vermont, became the 41st player in Notre Dame men. s basketball history to score 1,000 points... currently ranks 21st on the all-time scoring list with 1,272 points... on other all-time Irish lists, ranks third in three-point percentage (.417), second in three-point goals (180, second in three-point goals attempted (432), ninth in free-throw percentage (.779) and fifth in steals (145)...his 62 three-point goals mark last season was the sixth-highest total in a season in school history... one of just two players in double figures in BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinal loss to Pittsburgh (Mar. 8) scoring 12 points (all from three-point range)...nailed four-of-five three-point from three-point range...notched his first double-double of the season (and third of career) against Virginia Tech (Feb. 24), scoring 19 points, while grabbing a season-high 10 rebounds... scored in double figures 21 times in 2000-01 and 67 times in 97 career games...has scored 20-plus points 10 times in his career and in five games this season...led team with 49 steals...led team in scoring four times this season and tied for team-lead in rebounding twice...has started in 81 of 97 games...has registered 10-plus rebounds four times in his career...for the first time in his career, scored 20-plus points in three consecutive games . Tennessee Tech (20 points), Canisius (23 points) and Vermont (21 points)... came up with crucial deflection and steal against Boston College (Feb. 21) in the waning seconds of the game to preserve the Irish victory over the Eagles...was a perfect six-for-six from the free-throw line against West Virginia (Feb. 11) on the road...scored a season-high 24 points (18 in the second half) coming off the bench in win at Pittsburgh (Feb. 3)...hit eight-of-14 shots from the field and was seven-of-nine from the free-throw line...hit three consecutive three-pointers against Georgetown (Jan. 27) late in the second half and finished with 15 points and five rebounds in 33 minutes of action...had a season-high four steals in win at home against Syracuse (Jan. 23)... had 17 points, nine rebounds and three assists in win over West Virginia (Jan. 21)... in scoring 23 points against Canisius (Dec. 19), hit ten-of-15 shots from the field in addition to dishing off a season-high six assists... scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half in come-from-behind win over Vanderbilt (Dec. 2)... had 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals against Cincinnati (Nov. 25)...hit five-of-seven shots and was three-of-four from three-point range in scoring 18 points against Loyola (Nov. 22).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Along with teammate Troy Murphy was the only Irish player to average double figures as he netted 13.2 points per game and started 36 of 37 contests while also averaging 5.4 rebounds...netted double figures in 26 games... set the Notre Dame single-season three-point field goal mark with 83...was second on the team in steals with 60... hit .456 of his shots beyond the arc, good for fourth all-time list as he attempted 182 three-pointers...scored in double figures in 13 of the final 16 games of the season...had career bests of 33 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season against Vanderbilt (Dec. 4) as he connected on 11 of 15 shots from the field, including five of six three-point attempts...one of just two players to score 30-plus points in a game last season... led the Irish with 24 points in second round of NIT against Xavier (March 20), including 21 in the first half...tied a career-high with five three-point field goals on seven attempts...scored nine points and led team with 12 rebounds in NIT first-round win over Michigan (March 15)...had 13 points in quarterfinal win over BYU...named to the NIT All-Tournament team after averaging 14.4 points and 7.4 rebounds...in BIG EAST games only, ranked fifth in three-point field goal percentage and seventh in three-point field goals made...in overall contests among league players, he was second in three-point field goal percentage and fifth in three-point field goals made...hit two-game winning buzzer-beater shots...hit a jump shot with 0.3 seconds left on Feb. 19 to lift Irish to 76-74 win over Seton Hall...scored 15 points in that game....hit game-winning jump shot at buzzer at Ohio State (Nov. 16) in season opener... scored 18 points vs. the Buckeyes... had his second career double-double against Georgetown (March 4) in regular-season finale with 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds...tied for the Irish scoring lead in win over West Virginia (Feb. 2) with 17 points and led the Irish with 16 points vs. Miami (Feb. 26)... recorded a game-high 24 points vs. Elon (Dec. 28)...had 17 points vs. Connecticut (Feb. 12), scored 17 vs. Arizona (Nov. 24) in semifinals of Preseason NIT and scored 17 vs. VMI (Dec. 18).
AS A FRESHMAN: Started 28 of 30 games as a freshman in 1998-99, making an immediate impact on the Irish squad...scored 370 points as a freshman, the fourth-highest freshman total in school history behind Troy Murphy, Adrian Dantley and David Rivers... was the second-leading scorer for the Irish at 12.3 points per game and combined with fellow freshman Troy Murphy (who scored 519 points) to score 41.0 percent of the Notre Dame points in . 98-. 99...led the Irish in scoring vs. Syracuse (Feb. 17) with 16 points, including four three-pointers, and again vs. West Virginia (Feb. 21) with 18 points...proved to be a threat from three-point field-goal range with 40.7 shooting percentage from that range (35-of-86)...was second on team in free-throw shooting percentage at 77.7 percent (73-of-94)...scored in double figures in 20 games ...had 12 points coming off the bench in win over Seton Hall (Jan. 19)...had a career-high seven assists vs. Rutgers (Jan. 23) to go along with 13 points...his 29 points vs. Southern Utah was the most for an Irish freshman since Adrian Dantley had 41 points against West Virginia in . 73-. 74 (before Murphy had 30 vs. Providence and Pittsburgh)... had 21 points in win over Pittsburgh (Jan. 5) and 13 in win over Miami (Jan. 9)... scored 17 points in BIG EAST-opening victory vs. Providence (Dec. 8), as three Irish freshmen combined for 60 points...scored 18 points vs. St. Francis (Dec. 27).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Played for head coach Danny Haney at Lexington Catholic High School...was named honorable mention McDonald. s All-American...named first-team all-state by the Lexington Herald-Leader after senior season along with Irish classmate Harold Swanagan...was second in the voting for that team...scored 1,967 career points in high school, fifth best in Lexington history...was one of three finalists for Kentucky. s Mr. Basketball Award...three-time all-conference, all-city and all-state pick...averaged 19.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.3 assists per game as a senior as team went 33-3...team was ranked No. 1 in Kentucky for much of his high school career and was ranked as No. 3 in the country by USA Today in senior year and No. 11 in junior year...team finished No. 17 in the country after losing in semifinals of state tournament...scored 28 points, including game-winning basket, as Lexington Catholic defeated Whitney Young of Chicago, then ranked No. 2 in the nation...was the most valuable player of three tournaments in 1997: the Memphis Steamboat Classic, the Great Florida Shootout and the Fifth Third Bank Kentucky Holiday Classic... shot 58.1 percent from the field as a senior (255 of 439), including 62 of 142 three-point attempts (44 percent)...also made 71.9 percent of his free throws... was team captain in senior year and team MVP in junior and senior years...finished scholastic career as school leader in rebounds...had four triple doubles in senior season...scored 40 points in one game against Louisville Eastern...played in the Kentucky-Ohio Classic, the Kentucky Derby City Classic and the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star games...two-time member of the BIG EAST Academic All-Star team...son of Steve and Barbara Graves...full name is David Rhode Graves... has an older sister and brother... born 7-3-79 in Lexington, Ky...enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters and is majoring in sociology.
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