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Renaldo Balkman
Renaldo Balkman

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Tampa, Fla.

High School:
Laurinburg Institute

Height / Weight:
6-8 / 208

Position:
F

Birthdate:
07/14/1984

Experience:
2VL

Major:
Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management


2004 SEC All-Freshman Team
2006 SEC All-Tournament Team
2006 NIT Most Valuable Player

Signed in June of 2006 with an agent and declared for the 2006 NBA Draft therefore giving up senior year of eligibility.
2005-06

Averaged 25.7 mpg/9.6 ppg/6.3 rpg/1.9 apg/1.3 bpg/1.7 spg ... Led team in RPG, STL; 3rd in PPG; 4th in APG ... In NIT finals win over Michigan, scored 10 PT w/ 12 REB, 5 BLK, 4 STL in 35 MIN ... In NIT semi-final win vs. Louisville, scored 23 PT w/ 8 REB, 3 AST, 4 BLK in 36 MIN ... In NIT second round OT win at Florida State pulled in 13 REB (6 off, 7 def) w/ 8 PT, 3 AST, 5 STL (tied career high) in 42 MIN ... In SEC Tournament final loss to Florida, scored 12 PT w/ 11 REB (fourth double-double of the year), 4 STL, 1 BLK in 34 MIN ... Scored 8 PT w/ 8 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL in 27 MIN in SEC semifinal win over Kentucky ... Tacked together second super game off the bench in SEC Tourney win over UT scoring 16 PT w/ 7 REB, 2 AST, 3 STL and 1 BLK in 27 MIN ... Scored game-high 12 PT w/ 3 REB, 2 AST, 2 BLK, 1 STL in 28 MIN of play in win over MSU in SEC Tourney ... After starting five straight, hasn't started the past three games, but played very well off the bench in win at AU: 6 PT, 6 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL in 26 MIN ... No very effective: 2 PT, 2 REB, 1 TO in 12 MIN in loss to No. 21 LSU ... Scored 10 PT 2/ 6 REB, 3 STL in 24 MIN in loss to Vandy ... Had the game of his life in win over Alabama: 28 PT (11-15 including 2-3 3 PT), 16 REB (7 off, 9 def), 4 STL, 2 BLK, 1 AST in 35 MIN -- career high in points, FG made, FT att, minutes played; tied career high in rebounds, FT att, 3PT made (rewrote almost all season highs) ... Started second straight game in win over MSU, playing 24 MIN w/ 6 PT, 3 REB, 2 BLK and 3 STL ... Started in win at No. 6 UF (first start since UT (1/8/06); 8 PT, 8 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL in 35 MIN -- played with Renaldo-type positive energy ... Shot off the bench like a rocket, scoring 14 PT (6-7) w/ team-high 6 REB in win over No. 4 Florida; 3 STL, 2 AST in 28MIN ... Team leader in REB had just 1 in the 1st half and 1 in the 2nd half vs. UGA; team leader with 14 PT; 1 AST, 1 STL; 12 of 16 games in double figures ... Scored 12 PT w/ 7 REB, 1 BLK, 1 STL in 21 MIN off the bench in loss at Ole Miss ... Tacked together another fine game, scoring 9 PT w/ 9 REB, a career-high 5 AST, 4 STL in 24 MIN in win over S.C. State ... Led team in PT, REB, STL, AST, BLK in Clemson loss, playing heart out in 34 MIN he was on the floor; scored 15 PT, 12 REB (2nd career DD) ... Scored 16 PT (1 off a career high) in win over UNCG; added game-high 7 REB, 2 AST, career-high 5 STL in 27 MIN ... Named to Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament team; averaged 14.7 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 2.7 APG, 3.0 BPG, 1.3 SPG ... In OT Shootout loss to Marquette again scored in double figures w/ 16 PT, 8 REB, career-high 6 AST, 3 BLK in 30 MIN ... In Monmouth win scored 14 PT w/ 6 REB, 6 TO, 2 BLK, 1 STL in 26 MIN ... Named Player of the Game in win over UAA; first double-double of his career w/ 14 PT, 12 REB, 4 BLK, 3 STL in 34 MIN ... Played on the Score International team with teammate Stephen McDowell that traveled to Germany for competition this past summer playing in five games against international competition ... Led the USA team in rebounds and was second in ppg playing in the Nation's Cup.

2004-05

... 5.4 ppg/4.8 rpg/1.7 apg/0.8 spg 2nd on team in RPG; Had started 10 straight games (through Vandy) ... played 8 MIN after being elbowed in the eye in NIT finals win over St. Joseph's; 3 REB ... In semifinal NIT win over Maryland, scored 6 PT, 4 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL in 19 MIN ... Continued fine play in quarterfinal NIT win over Georgetown, scoring 5 PT w/ 5 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL in 22 MIN ... Came off the bench like a firecracker in the UNLV second round NIT game; scored 6 PT with 5 REB in 13 MIN ... Played just 7 MIN with 1 AST in first round NIT game vs. Miami ... In SEC Tourney loss to Ole Miss scored 6 PT w/ 4 REB, 2 AST in just 18 MIN ... Played just 14 MIN in OT win over Ole Miss; scored 5 PT w/ 1 REB, 2 AST, 1 BLK ... 16 REB performance (career high) at Vandy was the most since Carlos Powell matched that number in 2003 vs. Gardner Webb; added 4 PT, 3 AST, 3 BLK in 24 MIN before fouling out at VU ... 5 REB, 2 PT, 2 AST, 2 BLK in 18 MIN vs. Florida ... Continues scoring slump (4 PT), but continues to rebound the ball well as he collected 9 REB in loss at UT; 2 AST in 21 MIN ... Not his best day at No. 16 Alabama; 2 PT, 3 REB in 19 MIN ... While his scoring stats might not show it, played well defensively in win over No. 2 UK; 2 PT, 2 REB, 2 AST, 1 BLK, 1 STL in 19 MIN; His block against UK was No. 2 Play of the Day on ESPN's SportsCenter ... Scored in double figures 4 times this year; had scored in every game this year until the loss to Auburn (7 REB, 3 AST, 1 BLK in 13 MIN) ... Not his best game in win at UGA as he played in foul trouble; 1 REB, 2 TO in 8 MIN ... In Arkansas win where he collected 6 PT, 7 REB, 2 AST, 1 BLK, 1 STL in 31 MIN ... In loss at Florida he scored 15 PT, 5 REB, 1 AST, 2 BLK, 3 STL in 32 MIN ... Started for the first time this year (9th time in career) and gave coaches the energy they have been searching for from him; 9 REB, 15 PT, 1 BLK, 1 STL in 32 MIN ... Played well at MSU as he scored 8 PT, w/ team-high 6 REB, 3 AST, 2 BLK, 1 STL in 24 MIN ... Played more spirited in UT win; 9 PT, 4 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL in 27 MIN ... Led team with 9 REB in win over UGA (2 AST, 1 BLK, 1 STL in 19 MIN) ... Scored 6 PT at No. 8 Kentucky; Led team with 7 REB in 15 MIN ... 7 PT w/ 3 REB, 3 AST, 1 BLK in 18 MIN at No. 10 Pitt ... Played only 17 MIN in OT win over SCSU; not as effective: 1 PT, 3 REB, 2 AST on either side of ball ... 4 PT, 2 REB, 3 STL, 1 AST in 18 MIN in win over ECU ... 5 REB, 4 PT, 2 AST in 24 MIN at Kansas ... Scored career-high 17 PT, w/ 5 REB, 3 AST, 1 BLK, 1 STL in 22 MIN off the bench vs. South Florida ... Pulled down career-high 10 REB w/ 9 PT, 2 AST and 4 STL vs. Clemson ... Had an excellent freshman season as he was named to the All-SEC Freshman team ... Had left thumb surgery in the late spring which curtailed some of his weight training ... Had an unusually high number of BLK for a freshman player on the perimeter ... Has a wing-span of 84 1/2 inches

2003-04

Averaged 7.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.4 apg and 1.3 bpg ... Led the team with 43 BLK - the most for any Gamecock since Ryan Stack blocked 55 shots in 31 games in 1997-98 (keeping blocking stats since 1978-79 - only 7 players have blocked more shots than Balkman in a season) ... Was third in rebounds with 4.6 rpg ... Scored 3 PT with 2 AST, 1 BLK, 1 STL in NCAA first round game vs. Memphis ... Was USC's own sixth man off the bench with his fine play at the SEC Tournament ... Collected 11 PT with 3 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL in 20 MIN vs. LSU ... Scored 7 PT with 6 REB, 3 AST, 2 BLK, 1 STL in win over Arkansas, playing 17 MIN ... Came off the bench to score 5 PT with 4 REB, 4 AST, 2 BLK, 4 STL in 24 MIN in loss at Arkansas - AST and STL were career bests .. Started his 3rd straight game; had 5 PT with 7 REB, 2 AST and career-high 5 BLK in 27 MIN vs. MSU ... Was a perfect 5-5 from the field; scoring 11 PT w/ 5 REB in loss at UK ... Scored 11 PT with 8 REB, 3 AST, 2 BLK and 3 STL in 30 MIN in UA win ... Forced to sit for the Ole Miss game due to SEC suspension for Vandy ... Was ejected at the 5:37 mark in the 1st half w/ a flagrant foul in the VU win; had 2 PTS, 2 BLK ... Came off the bench to score 11 PTS with 3 REB, 1 AST and 2 STL in 22 MIN in LSU win ... Started in place of Tarence Kinsey; scored 6 PT with 2 REB, 1 AST, 1 BLK in 21 MIN in UT win .. Started in place of a sick Josh Gonner, playing 17 MIN with 4 REB, 1 AST and 4 BLK in win at Auburn ... At UGA, came in to score 12 PTS with 5 REB, 3 AST, 1 BLK and 1 STL in 18 MIN ... Bounced back from sore neck to tally 8 REB with 7 PTS, 2 AST, 3 BLK and a STL in 20 MIN vs. ASU ... Scored 12 PTS and was a perfect 6-6 from the FT line; with 7 REB in 21 MIN in win over SCSU ... Scored in double figures for the fifth time in 10 games - picking up 12 PTS with 9 REB, 2 AST, 2 BLK and 2 STL in 29 MIN - starting the first game of his career against CSU ... Scored 10 PTS with 8 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL in 14 MIN ... Scored game-high 15 PTS with 6 REB, 2 AST, 2 BLK and a STL in 20 MIN in the win over TC ... Finished with double-figure points, finishing with 13 PTS and 2 STL in 19 MIN vs. Richmond ... Scored in double figures for the first time in his career, finishing with 10 PTS in 12 MIN off the bench in the win against Navy ... Scored his first college points in the first half of the Idaho game -- tallying 2 PTS, 2 STL and 2 REB in 7 MIN.

HIGH SCHOOL

Prior to attending Laurinburg Institute last season, he was at IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) ... At Laurinburg, he led his team to 40-2 record and No. 1 national prep school ranking ... Team won the Prep School Nationals ... Also named a finalist for McDonald's All-American ... Teammates at Laurinburg included Boubacar Coly (Xavier), Regis Koundjaia (LSU) and Keith Blanks (Texas A&M) ... Averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds during the 2001-02 season ... Also attended Armwood and Blake High Schools his freshman and sophomore years, respectively... Chose USC over Florida State, Miami (Fla.) and South Florida.

Personally Speaking

Nickname: Kool

Born: 7-14-1984, Staten Island, New York

I wear my number in college because: It's a lucky number

Favorite Event/Sport in the Olympics: Track and field

The best basketball player I've ever faced on the court: My Pops

Growing up, I had these posters on my wall: NBA Posters

If I had to cook all my own food, I would live on: Pattie melts

People would be surprised to know this about me: I will never cut my hair again

Favorite soda and favorite food: Peach soda and pizza

Prized possession: National Basketball Ring

Team I'd like to add to our schedule: Hillsbourgh Comm. College

If USC could play in any arena, I would like to see them play in: The Lakers Arena

Who will have a big year this year: Brandon Wallace

CAREER STATISTICS

YEARG-GSMIN.FG-FGAFG%3PM-3PA3PT%FTM-FTA FT%OR-DR-TR PF-FOATOBSPTS/AVG.
2003-0433-860091-163.5586-24.25041-79 .51978-73-151 73-146614333229/6.9
2004-0533-1061574-160.4636-18.33324-44.54563-97-16062-157462125178/5.4
2005-0638-22978152-250.6084-13.30856-104.53881-158-23984-073654865364/9.6
CAREER104-402,193317-573.55316-55.291121-227 .533222-328-550219-2176172112123771/7.4

CAREER HIGHS

POINTS28 vs. Alabama (2/14/06)
REBOUNDS16 at Vanderbilt (3/2/05), vs. Alabama (2/14/06)
ASSISTS5 vs. SC State (1/3/06)
BLOCKS5 vs. Winthrop (12/14/05)
STEALS5 vs. UNCG (11/30/05), at Florida State (3/21/06)
FG MADE11 vs. Alabama ((2/14/06)
FG ATT15 vs. Alabama (2/14/06), vs. Louisville (3/28/06)
FG PERCENTAGE1.000 (5-5) at Kentucky (2/4/04)
3P MADE2 vs. South Florida (12/14/04), vs. Alabama (2/14/06)
3P ATT3 vs. South Florida (12/14/04)
FT MADE6 vs. SC State (12/22/03)
FT ATT9 vs. Tennessee (3/10/06)
FT ATT35 vs. Alabama (2/14/06)