AT GEORGIA STATE:
A two-time team captain who finished his career playing in a school-record 126 games . . . Earned CAA All-Academic First Team honors in 2012, after earning second team honors in 2010 . . . Earned the prestigious CAA Dean Ehler's Leadership Award following his senior season . . . Named GSU's 2011-12 Male Student-Athlete of the Year.
Tabbed to the Dean's List (minimum 3.5 GPA) for the 2008 fall and 2010 spring semesters and to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (minimum 3.2 GPA) for the 2008 spring semester . . . Also received the CAA Commissioner's Academic Award in 2008 and 2010 . . . Graduated with a degree in finance in the spring of 2011 and earned his masters in sports administration in the summer of 2012.
Named one of two team captains before the start of the season . . . Earned the prestigious CAA Dean Ehler's Leadership Award to conclude a very successful senior season . . . Named to the All-CAA Third Team and the CAA All-Academic First Team . . . Named GSU's 2011-12 Male Student-Athlete of the Year. . . . Finished the season averaging 12.5 points per game, second on the team and 15th in the CAA, while shooting 41.8 percent from the field, also 15th in the league . . . Collected 6.0 rebounds per game, 15th in the CAA, while helping GSU to its second most steals in school history, averaging 1.6 per game, ninth best in the conference and ranked 163rd in the NCAA . . . Averaged 33.0 minutes per game, second most on the team, while hitting a team-high 36.5 percent from three-point range . . . Scored a season-high 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting at Samford . . . Grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds in a home opening win over McNeese State . . . Recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds in GSU's victory at VCU, State's first win in the Siegel Center . . . Played a career-high 44 minutes, scoring 14 points in a double-overtime contest at Delaware . . . Scored in double figures in nine straight games late in the season, including a pair of games (Delaware and at James Madison) missing double-doubles by just one rebound.
Finished as the Panthers third leading scorer, averaging 7.2 points per game and pulling down 4.8 rebounds per contest after being named one of two team captains before the start of the season . . . Hit 29 three-pointers, third most on the team, knocking down treys at a .337 clip.
Hit the game-winning buzzer beater against James Madison (12/4) to give the Panthers a 64-63 win in CAA opener . . . Scored a season-high 19 points against Hofstra (2/9) as part of 10 double-digit scoring efforts during the season . . . Pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds in the Panthers CAA first round victory over UNCW (3/4), while scoring nine points . . . Led team with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 5-of-6 from three-point range in win over Florida A&M (12/18). Added eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 33 minutes of action against the Rattlers . . . Played a career-high 43 minutes in the Panthers overtime win over UNCW (2/2).
Became a key backup down the stretch . . . Averaged 8.9 ppg and 3.6 rpg over the final nine games, compared to his season averages of 5.4 ppg and 2.8 rpg . . . Second on the team with 25 three-pointers . . . Averaged 6.2 ppg and shot 47 percent from the field in conference games . . . Named to the CAA All-Academic second team and received the CAA Commissioner's Academic Award.
Began his late season run with a career-best 22 points to lead a 61-57 win over then first-place George Mason, including the game-wining three-pointer with 42 seconds left. He went 9-for-13 from the field to easily eclipse his previous high of 12 points, set at Northeastern in 2007-08, and he also grabbed six rebounds.
Had 13 points and three steals in win over James Madison (2/16) . . . Added six points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals at Hofstra (2/27) . . . Before the Mason game, his best effort of the season was 11 points (one off his career high), five rebounds and three steals at UNCW (1/10). Scored all 11 points in the second half, including nine in a four-minute stretch . . . Also scored 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting at Delaware.
Scored eight points with two three-pointers at VCU (1/30) . . . Played a season-high 33 minutes at George Mason (1/13) and contributed three points, six rebounds and three blocked shots . . . Had 10 points and career-best six rebounds vs. South Alabama (11/26) . . . Added nine points and and six rebounds in win over Howard (11/21) . . . Made his first start of this season against Jacksonville (11/30) and contributed four points, four rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal.
Averaged 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds while playing about 15 minutes a game . . . Hit 11 three-pointers . . . Also contributed 26 assists, 16 steals and nine blocked shots . . . Started nine games on the season, including six CAA contests . . . Averages were slightly better in conference games at 3.9 ppg and 1.9 rpg.
Recorded season highs with 12 points and three steals in a start against Northeastern . . . Also started against George Mason and had six points, two rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot in State's victory.
Had eight points and equalled his season high with five rebounds against Drexel; added six points on two treys against UNCW.
Five points against Georgia Tech with three rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal . . . Equalled that with five points against Coastal Carolina.
Logged a season-high 27 minutes against Drexel while playing 20 or minutes in a total of 10 games, including 24 versus Georgia Tech and 21 against UAB.
Earned a start in the season opener against UAB and had four points and five rebounds in 21 minutes of action . . . Contributed four points, two rebounds and an assist off the bench in win over Jacksonville.
Named the DeKalb County Player of the Year for Class AAAAA as he helped lead M.L. King High School to the Final Four of the state tournament . . . Honorable mention all-state in Georgia's largest classification . . . Chosen to play in the Georgia North-South All-Star game . . . Signed with Georgia State during the fall early signing period in November 2006.
Averaged 16 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game as a senior . . . Led his team to a school-record 24 victories (24-8 record) in 2006-07 . . . Helped M.L. King to a 23-7 mark and a berth in the state tournament his junior year, when the school competed in Class AAAA.
Played every position except center . . . Began the season at the point while the regular point guard was still playing football, then moved to the two-guard . . . Also saw action at both forward slots . . . Career-high 31 points vs. rival Stephenson High, besting his 28-point game vs. Lithonia and his 27-point evening vs. North Clayton . . . Coached by Kenny Stringer.
In AAU basketball, played his final year with the MBA Magic of Jackson, Miss., after competing for the Georgia Hurricanes as a junior.
Also played baseball as a junior, lettering as a first baseman/outfielder . . . Honor student who maintained a 3.2 grade point average.
Full name is Jihad Rahman Ali (pronounced juh-HAAD ah-LEE) . . . Born May 3, 1989, in the Atlanta suburb of Lithonia . . . The youngest of the three children of Fareed and Gladys Ali . . . Older brother, Fareed, Jr., played football at Bucknell University . . . Older sister, India, played basketball (2004-08) for CAA rival Hofstra . . . Enrolled in graduate school, working on his masters in sports administration . . . Served on the GSU Student-Athlete Advisory Council for 2008-09.