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  A. J. Graves

A. J. Graves

Player Profile


Switz City, Ind.

High School:
White River Valley

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 155



2007-08: Chosen first team All-Horizon League for the second consecutive season...Selected to the Mid-Major All-America Team...Named fourth team Mid-Major All-America by second team on the Lowe's All-Senior All-America Team...Named second team NABC All-District 10...Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year...Named to the Preseason Mid-Major All-America Team...Named to the Wooden Award Preseason All-America Team (Top 50 candidates)...Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Great Alaska Shootout...Tied the Great Alaska Shootout record for three-point field goals in a championship game with six three-pointers against Texas Tech...Chosen Mid-Major Player of the Week by for the week of Nov. 12-18...Set a Wooden Tradition record by hitting seven three-point field goals against Florida State...Named Horizon League Player of the Week (Feb. 11) after helping lead Butler to victories over Valparaiso and Green Bay...Selected first team CoSIDA District V All-Academic...Named second team on the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team...Chosen as one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award...Selected to participate in the Three-Point Shootout at the 2008 NCAA Final Four...Starter in 124 of 130 career games, including 50 straight. Owns the Butler career record for games started and for games played...Finished third on Butler's all-time scoring list with 1,807 points; wound up 17th on the Horizon League's all-time scoring list...Finished second on Butler's all-time list for three-point field goals with 303...Wound up second on Butler's all-time list for free throw percentage (.900)...Tied for sixth on Butler's all-time assist chart (316)...Scored in double-figures in 100 of 130 career games...Had a game-high 26 points in Butler's victory over Indiana State...Topped all scorers with 22 points at Evansville...Tallied 17 points to help the Bulldogs defeat Michigan for the first time in 42 years...Scored 17 points, including 14 after halftime and added a season-high six assists in Butler's victory over Virginia Tech...Hit six of eight three-point field goal attempts and scored 18 points in Butler's victory over Texas Tech at the Great Alaska Shootout...Scored 14 points, including 11 in the second half, to help lead the Bulldogs past Ohio State...Celebrated his 100th career start by scoring a game-high 25 points in Butler's Wooden Tradition victory over Florida State...Scored a game-high 21 points in Butler's victory over Bradley...Hit a season-high nine of nine free throws and led the Bulldogs with 17 points at Florida Gulf Coast...Drove the length of the floor and hit a 30-foot shot at the buzzer to lift Butler to a 57-55 victory at Southern Illinois...Snapped a minor scoring slump with 13 points in Butler's win over Green Bay at Hinkle Fieldhouse...Scored 500th career field goal and posted 11 points in a season-low 27 minutes against Milwaukee at Hinkle Fieldhouse...Had 16 points and five rebounds in Butler's home win over UIC...Led all scorers with 20 points and added team-highs of eight rebounds and four assists at Valparaiso...Topped the Bulldogs with 16 points at Green Bay...Scored 15 points and shared the team rebounding lead with five against Youngstown State...Tallied 15 points in Butler's victory over Cleveland State...Led the Bulldogs with 14 points at UIC...Topped Butler with 18 points against #16 Drake...Posted 18 points, six assists and four steals in Butler's NCAA Tournament win over South Alabama...Named CBS Player of the Game after leading the Bulldogs with 21 points in Butler's NCAA second round game against Tennessee.

2006-07: Played in 35 games, including 34 as a starter...sat out the South Dakota State game and played just 13 minutes against Youngstown State after having all four wisdom teeth removed on Jan. 11. Started 72 consecutive Butler games before the South Dakota State contest...named honorable mention All-America by both the NABC and the Associated Press...2006-07 John R. Wooden Award Finalist..named 2007 Horizon League Championship All-Tournament..selected to the USBWA All-District V team...chosen first team NABC All-District 10...selected first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America...named first team on the 2006-07 All-Horizon League squad...became the 31st Butler player to score 1,000 career points during Butler's victory at UW-Milwaukee. He ended the 2006-07 campaign in 14th on Butler's all-time scoring list with 1,344 career points...had 13 20-point scoring performances in 2006-07...finished second in the NCAA Division I in free throw shooting (.948). Had a streak of 63 consecutive free throws made snapped on his first free throw attempt at Loyola. That streak is the third-longest single season and fourth-longest career streak in Division I history...finished fifth in the Horizon League in scoring (16.9)...wound up second in the league in three-point field goals (2.80) and fourth in steals (1.46)...picked to the 2006-07 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District V of nine men's basketball players named a 2006 Josten's Scholar Student-Athlete (3.25 grade point average or higher)...named to the Wooden Award Midseason All-America Team...named Most Valuable Player of the 2006 NIT Season Tip-Off, after scoring 41 points in two games at Madison Square Garden and leading Butler to the team championship...selected Horizon League Player of the Week (Nov. 27) after leading Butler to victories over #22 Tennessee, Gonzaga and Kent State in a period of four days...chosen Horizon League Player of the Week (Nov. 20) after leading Butler to victories over Notre Dame, Indiana and Illinois-Springfield...led the Bulldogs with 19 points against Maryland in the NCAA Tournament...had a team-high 18 points against Old Dominion in the first round of the NCAA Tournament...hit career-best 12 of 12 free throws against Loyola in the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament...scored a team-high 24 points against Loyola at Hinkle Fieldhouse...led the Bulldogs at UW-Green Bay with 20 points...scored a season-low five points against Southern Illinois...tallied 22 points and added four steals in Butler's victory over Florida Gulf Coast...scored a game-high 20 points to help lead the Bulldogs past UW-Milwaukee at home...led the Bulldogs at Detroit with 15 points, a career-high seven rebounds and five assists...hit three three-point field goals in overtime and scored 10 points in the extra session to lead the Bulldogs past Loyola. Finished the game with 26 points...scored 21 points in the first half and finished with a game-high 28 points in Butler's home win over UW-Green Bay...scored a career-high 31 points, including 29 after intermission, at UIC...hit four three-point field goals and scored a game-high 19 points in Butler's win over Wright State at Hinkle Fieldhouse...scored all 14 of his points in the second half at UW-Milwaukee to help the Bulldogs take a come-from-behind victory...led all scorers in Butler's victory over Evansville with 22 points...scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Bulldogs past Purdue in the Wooden Tradition...tallied 26 points, including 15 in the two overtime periods, to lead Butler's to a victory over Kent State. Hit a three-point field goal off the dribble with 0:06 left in the first overtime period to tie the game...hit a career-high 12 free throws and played a career-high 48 minutes against Kent State, less than 24 hours after being named MVP of the NIT Season Tip-Off...led Butler to the team championship of the 2006 NIT Season Tip-Off with a game-high 26 points in the Bulldogs' victory over Gonzaga...shared team scoring honors with 15 points in Butler's upset of #22 Tennessee in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off...notched a game-high 20 points in Butler's win over Indiana in the title game of the Preseason NIT Midwest Regional...scored a game-high 28 points, hitting a career-high eight three-point field goals including the game-winner, against Notre Dame.

2005-06:Starter in all 33 games (ended season with 56 consecutive Butler starts)...scored in double-figures in 26 of 33 games (and in 44 of 61 games during his Butler career)...Butler's second-leading scorer; ranked 12th in the Horizon League in scoring (13.4)...ranked fourth in the league in free throw percentage (.819)...wound up eighth in the league in steals (1.30)...ranked fifth in the league in three-point field goals (2.06) and finished 12th in three-point field goal shooting (.374)...led all scorers with 19 points in Butler's victory over Miami (Ohio) in the opening round of the NIT...matched his career-high with five three-point field goals and scored 19 points against UW-Green Bay in the Horizon League semifinals...nailed a career-best five three-point field goals, including one to tie the game with ten second remaining, and scored 15 points at Detroit...had 13 points and four assists in Butler's game at Kent State in the BracketBusters presented by eBay series...tallied 13 points, including 11 in the second half, and grabbed a season-high six rebounds to help the Bulldogs post a come-from-behind win at UW-Green Bay...led the Bulldogs and matched his season scoring high with 24 points at Wright State; connected on four three-point field goals against the Raiders...hit four three-point field goals and scored 14 points against Cleveland State...had 13 points and hit a three-point field goal with 0:02.5 left to send Butler's game against UW-Milwaukee into overtime...scored 19 points, including 13 in the first half, in Butler's overtime victory over UW-Green Bay...hit six of six free throws in the final minute and scored 17 points in Butler's win over Wright State...hit two free throws with 0:05 left to seal Butler's victory at Cleveland State...led the Bulldogs with 20 points at UW-Milwaukee...scored 17 points in Butler's home win over UIC...led the Bulldogs with 21 points at Ball State...hit four three-point field goals and led the Bulldogs in scoring with 24 points at Michigan...hit a three-point field goal with six seconds remaining to send Butler's game at Ohio State into overtime.

2004-05: Played in all 28 games, including 23 as a starter...finished as the team's second-leading freshman scorer in the Horizon League...led the Horizon League in free throw shooting...led the team in steals and ranked second on the team in assists...tabbed Horizon League Freshman of the Year by CBS named Horizon League Co-Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 27 (following performance against Ball State)...had 17 points against Wright State in the Horizon League Tournament...scored 16 points and added a career-high six assists in Butler's win over UIC...had 15 points, including eight free throws in the final 0:45, in Butler's win over Valparaiso...led the Bulldogs with 21 points, including 17 in the second half, in Butler's victory over Detroit...grabbed a career-high six rebounds at Wright State...posted 16 points and three steals in Butler's home win over Loyola...had 13 points in Butler's victory at UW-Green Bay...posted 10 points, five rebounds, and two assists in a career-high 39 minutes at Loyola...led the Bulldogs with 19 points against UW-Milwaukee...tallied 15 points against Eastern Washington in the consolation game of the Fiesta Bowl Classic...had 11 points and four assists against Richmond in the first round of the Fiesta Bowl Classic...led the Bulldogs with a career-high 29 points and five rebounds in 36 minutes against Ball State (Graves' total was the most by a Butler player since Rylan Hainje scored 31 points against Wright State in January of 2001 and the most by a Butler freshman since Hainje tallied 29 points against UW-Milwaukee in 1999)...posted 11 points and four assists in first collegiate start at Indiana State...had 16 points and a career-high six steals at Bradley...came off the bench with nine points, five rebounds and a career-high six assists against Greenville...scored 19 points as the starting point guard in Butler's exhibition game victory over St. Joseph's.

High School: All-state guard at White River Valley High School...named to the Indiana All-Star Team for the annual Indiana-Kentucky All-Star games (joining his older brothers, Matthew and Andrew, as Indiana All-Stars)...finished runner-up in the Indiana "Mr. Basketball" voting, just two votes behind Indiana University recruit A. J. Ratliff...Wabash Valley Player of the Year...two-time All-State selection by Hoosier Basketball Magazine...four-time all-conference guard...three-time all-area pick...Greene County "Mr. Basketball" in 2002, 2003 and 2004...four-time all-sectional pick...two-time all-regional and all-semistate selection...sectional MVP in 2002...regional MVP in 2002...named to the Bloomington Herald Times Junior All-State team in 2003...all-time leading scorer at White River Valley High School with 2,041 career points ...Greene County all-time scoring leader ...set a Hall of Fame Classic single game scoring record with 45 points against Northview... out-scored Tecumseh, 37-36, in the 2004 Regional title game...averaged 22.3 points as a junior and 23.4 points as a senior...shot 86% or better from the free throw line for three straight years...helped high school squad to a 23-5 record and a semistate runner-up finish in 2004...named to the IBCA Academic All-State team in 2004 ...joined his father, Rick, as a high school Salutatorian...earned four basketball letters, two cross country letters and one golf letter... ...High School Coach: Sean Vandeventer.TMTM