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JUNIOR YEAR (2002-03): Played in 33 of 34 contests, starting 29 times ... led team with 5.4 rebounds per game and total rebounds (179) ... 126 of his 179 rebounds came on the defensive side of the floor ... had team-highs in rebounds in 14 games, which was the best on the squad ... finished third on team with a .472 field goal percentage ... was fourth on the squad in three-point FG percentage, averaging .329 (23-70) for the season ... also averaged 5.5 points per game ... scored a career-high 14 points to go along with five boards and two assists in the second round of the NIT at Siena (3/25) ... recorded second career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 11 boards in opening round of C-USA Tournament against Charlotte (3/12) ... came close to another double-double in C-USA championship game at Louisville (3/15) with nine points and nine rebounds ... also recorded nine rebounds at Richmond (12/4) and vs. Columbia (12/28) ... collected eight points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes of action in opening round of NIT against UL Lafayette ... had 13 points and grabbed team-high eight rebounds in double-overtime win over TCU (2/18) ... scored 12 points and grabbed team-high five boards in conference-opening win over USF (2/12) ... had six points, four rebounds and tied his career-high with two blocks vs. Tulane (2/8) ... had nine rebounds and scored eight points vs. Houston (1/11) ... hit three three-pointers for nine points against Chattanooga.
SOPHOMORE YEAR (2000-01): Played solidly off bench in C-USA Tournament opener with nine points, six rebounds and three assists against Louisville (3/7) ... added six points and nine boards one night later in quarterfinals against Cincinnati ... added five points and five rebounds vs. Saint Louis (3/3) in 16 minutes as a reserve ... contributed with four points and six rebounds off the bench in 20 minutes at Louisville (2/27) ... made first career start against South Florida (2/19) and tallied seven points and four rebounds in 26 minutes ... recorded first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds at Memphis (2/19) in 14 minutes ... converted two free throws and then collected a charge call late in the game against Marquette (2/14) ... limited to 10 minutes against Centenary (2/12) because of early foul trouble, but did score two points and added three rebounds ... returned to practice Dec. 28 after suffering another injury -- the other was during the preseason -- following UAB's season-opening game vs. Alabama A&M (11/21) where he garnered six points and added eight rebounds ... scored two points, while adding four rebounds and a block against Memphis (1/27) ... hit 3 of 5 shots from field, including some clutch baskets, to score seven in win against Charlotte (1/24) ... scored career-best 11 points in 20 minutes with a pair of 3-pointers at Cincinnati (1/17) ... collected four points and three rebounds in first game back after injury against Tulane (1/7) ... saw season-high 16 minutes against USM (1/13) where he added two points and two rebounds.
FRESHMAN YEAR (1999-2000): Averaged 1.2 points and pulled down 2.2 rebounds per contest in 23 games off the bench ... notched season-high five-point performance against South Florida (1/5) ... had a three-game stretch during conference play where he averaged five rebounds per tilt with the games coming against Tulane, Memphis and DePaul ... collected season-best seven rebounds at Southern Miss (2/19) ... had consecutive four rebound performances against Charlotte in the season finale and C-USA Tournament first-round contest ... hit 68.4 percent of his free throws on the year.
HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner for coach Thad Fitzpatrick at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala. ...averaged 15.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocked shots per game in his senior season for the Patriots ...selected No. 11 on The Birmingham News' "Super Seniors" list and was a second team All-State selection (The Birmingham News and Alabama Sportswriters Association) ... ranked No. 10 on the Birmingham Post-Herald's "Ten Most Wanted" ...averaged 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots as a junior.
PERSONAL: Full name is Sidney Earl Ball ... born August 16, 1981, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. ...a criminal justice major ... son of Terry and Annette Ball.