J.R. Giddens

J.R. Giddens

Player Profile

Oklahoma City, Okla.

High School:
John Marshall HS

Last College:

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 215





Tony Snell Drafted no. 20 by Chicago Bulls

Becomes eighth first rounder in UNM History


J.R. Giddens

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New Mexico vs. TCU - MWC Tournament Opening Round

New Mexico vs. TCU - MWC Tournament Opening Round


New Mexico vs. Utah (Jan. 13, 2007)

New Mexico vs. Utah (Jan. 13, 2007)


Comcast Lobo Invitational Championship vs. Pepperdine

Comcast Lobo Invitational Championship vs. Pepperdine


UNM vs. Colorado (11/14/06)

UNM vs. Colorado (11/14/06)

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• 2008 Mountain West Conference co-Player of the Year
• 2008 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American
• 2008 USBWA District VIII Player of the Year
• 2008 NABC 1st Team All-District
• 2008 CollegeHoops.net 3rd Team High-Major All-American
• 2007 Honorable Mention All-MWC
• 2004 Honorable Mention All-Big 12
• 2004 Big 12 All-Freshmen Team

Transferred from Kansas prior to his junior year • Has essentially played for four college coaches...recruited by Roy Williams but played for Bill Self at Kansas and Ritchie McKay and Steve Alford at New Mexico • Led UNM in scoring in each of last two seasons • MWC Player of the Week five times as a senior (11/19, 1/7, 2/11, 2/18 and 3/10)...tied Utah's Andrew Bogut (2005) for most honors in a season...only player in MWC hisotry to win honor four times in conference play • Won the award 6 times overall • One of the top rebounding guards in the nation

2007-08 • SENIOR Season
Named MWC co-Player of the Year...AP Honorable Mention All-American...USBWA District VIII Player of the Year...NABC 1st Team All-District...CollegeHoops.net 3rd Team High-Major All-American • Started all 33 games • Led the team in scoring (16.3), rebounding (8.8), steals (47) and blocks (39)...2nd in assists (3.1) • Selected to participate in the State Farm Slam Dunk Contest at the Final Four
• MWC Ranking - All Games
- 16.3 ppg - 4th
- 8.8 rpg - 1st...first guard to lead the MWC in rebounds
- 51.6 FG% - 4th (make 5/game to qualify)
- 1.42 spg - T7th
- 1.18 bpg - 3rd
- 3.12 apg - 9th
• MWC Ranking - MWC Games Only
- 18.3 ppg - 1st
- 8.3 rpg - 1st
- 52.9 FG% - 3rd (make 5/game to qualify)
- 3.38 apg - T7th
- 1.50 spg - 6th
- 1.31 bpg - T3rd
- Joined Utah's Andrew Bogut (2005) as the only two players to lead the MWC in scoring and rebounds in league play in the same year
• Only player to rank in the top-5 in scoring and rebounds in MWC games • Only player to rank in the top-10 in points, rebounds, blocks, steals and assists in MWC games • Only player in the MWC with multiple 30-point games in league play...36 vs. Wyoming and 30 vs. BYU • Very efficient on the offensive end... the only player to rank in the top-5 in scoring and FG% in MWC games • Only player in the MWC with at least 100 assists, 30 blocks and 40 steals • Had 103 assists and 73 TOs...first season with more assists that TOs • Set career highs for a season in points, rebounds, FG%, assists, blocks and steals • Led the MWC with 11 double-doubles • 290 rebounds this season is the most by a guard in UNM history...12th all time at UNM overall

Saw action in 26 games with 22 starts • Led the team in scoring with 15.8 ppg • Second on the team in rebounds with 6.5 rpg • earned honorable mention All-MWC honors • third on the team in assists with 60 • 2006 Las Vegas Classic All-Tournament team with14 points and six rebounds in an upset win over No. 8 Wichita State • MVP of the 2006 Comcast Lobo Invitational...26 points and nine rebounds in the championship game against Pepperdine • Scored 20+ points seven times and had three double-doubles on the year • Shot 44.1% from the floor, 30.1% from 3-pt. range and 59.0% from the FT line • Studied abroad in Mexico during the second session of summer school in 2006.

Sat out the 2005-06 season at UNM as a redshirt due to NCAA transfer rules.

Averaged 10.1 ppg and 3.8 rpg • Saw action in 30 games, starting 27 • Shot 40.4% from the field, 33.7% from 3-pt. range and 68.0% from the FT line • Scored a season-high 18 points against Kansas State on Feb. 9 • Led the team with 63 3-pt. FGs • 9th in the Big 12 in 3-pt. FG% and 8th in 3-pt. FGs made (2.10) • Scored in double figures 18 times.

Earned honorable mention All-Big 12 and was named to the All-Freshman team after averaging 11.3 ppg and 3.6 rpg • Led the team with 74 3-pt. FGs • Shot 47.5% from the field and 40.7% from 3-pt. range • Hit 7-12 3-pt. FGs for 24 points against Iowa State on Feb. 21 • Ranked sixth in 3-pt. FG% and third in 3-pt. FGs made (2.24) in the Big 12.

A 2003 graduate of John Marshall High School where he played for coach John Martin • McDonald's High School All-American • Ranked as the 17th best prospect in the country by ESPN.com • Oklahoma's Gatorade Player of the Year • Led the Bears to the state championship as a senior, earning tournament MVP honors • Averaged 22 ppg and 10 rpg as a senior • Also ran track in high school and cleared 6-10 in the high jump • Co-MVP of the 2003 Global Games and won the tournament's Slam Dunk contest.

Born Feb. 13, 1985, J.R. is the son of Charles and Diana Giddens • Full name is Justin Ray Giddens • Has a younger sister, Breeanna, and an older sister, Porsche • Majoring in University Studies.