Appeared in 20 games, starting 17 ... averaged 13.2 points and 5.0 rebounds, both second-best on squad ... led the team in scoring 9 times ... posted 14 double-figure scoring games ... scored 20 or more three times ... missed a total of 12 games after injuring knee in season opener against Liberty (11/9) ... underwent surgery (11/11) to repair partially torn meniscus in right knee and missed 7 games ... then missed 5 in middle of league play after reinjuring knee early in overtime win over Oklahoma (1/21) ... upon return, came back strong-over the final 7 games of the season, averaged 16.1 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 44 percent from the floor and 91 percent from the free-throw line ... averaged 19.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in the Big 12 Championship, including a season-high 24-point outing (on 9-of-15 shooting) against No. 3 Kansas (3/8) ... scored 23 points (on 8-of-14 shooting) with 5 rebounds against No. 3 Kansas (2/22) ... picked up first double-double of career at Texas (1/11) with 19 points and a career-high 10 rebounds ... scored season-high 24 points in just 28 minutes vs ULM (12/10) in return to court ... made the watch list for both the Wooden and Naismith Awards ... a member of the Preseason All-Big 12 team ... participated in USA Basketball's World University Games Team Training Camp in the summer of 2011.
A consensus All-Big 12 and all-district selection ... won the team’s Sonny Parker Most Improved Player Award at the team banquet in April ... one of two players on the team to start all 33 games ... led the team in scoring (14.4/game) and free-throw percentage (.784) ... was second in minutes played (29.6), steals (39), rebounds (5.2/game) and 3-point field goals (39) ... ranked third in assists (93) and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage ... scored 10 or more points in 27 of 33 games, a team best ... hit the 20-point mark three times ... led the team in points (16 times) and rebounds (14 times) more than any other player ... paced the squad 11 times in assists to rank third ... ranked eighth in the Big 12 in free-throw percentage (.784) and ninth in scoring (14.4) ... finished the year hitting 45.2 percent from the floor (160-of-354) and 78.4 percent from the charity stripe (116-of-148) ... scored 10 of A&M’s final 14 points in 67-66 win at Oklahoma State (2/19) ... hit 11-of-12 free throws in 8-point win over No. 24 Kansas State (1/22) ... went for 28, including 11 in overtime, in 91-89 victory over No. 12 Missouri (1/15) ... started 0-for-4 from the field but hit 9 of final 12 shots on the day, while also leading team with 7 rebounds ... named Big 12 Player of the Week and the Oscar Robertson/USBWA National Player of the Week after a career-high 31-point outing in OT win over Arkansas in Dallas (12/18) ... scored 11 of A&M’s final 12 points in regulation, erasing a 6-point deficit to force overtime ... 31-point effort was a team season high, as was his 10 field goals made against the Razorbacks ... scored 18 points, all in 10 second-half minutes, in win over Prairie View A&M (12/8) ... named to the Old Spice Classic All-Tournament team after leading the Aggies in points (15.7), rebounds (6.3) and assists (3.4) over the weekend ... scored then career-high 20 in win over Manhattan (11/26) while adding 8 rebounds ... pulled down career-high 9 boards four times (SFA, Baylor, Iowa State, at Baylor) ... was 28-of-36 from the line in “crunch time” (inside two minutes to play in close games) ... finished the year a perfect 7-for-7 in 3-point play opportunities.
Emerged as one of the Big 12’s top freshmen ... played in all 34 games, ranking fourth on the squad with 22 starts ... 20 of starts came in final 22 games of the season, including 14 of 16 Big 12 contests ... averaged 7.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest ... led the team in points five times and in rebounds three times ... scored 14 or more points in four of the last five games of the season ... averaged 13.6 points over those five games, making .535 from the field, .545 from 3-point range and 100.0 from the line in that span ... scored a career-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting in first career NCAA Tournament game, a win over Utah State (3/19) ... hit 5-of-6 treys in the win over USU ... averaged 15.5 points in Big 12 tournament, matching his then career high with 17 points vs. Nebraska (3/11) ... added a career-high 5 steals vs. Cornhuskers ... scored 14 vs. Kansas in semis (3/12) ... averaged 9.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in team’s 11 Big 12 wins ... had a team-high 15 points in win at Oklahoma (3/6) ... made 7-of-8 free throws in home win vs. Texas (2/27), scoring 7 points ... had a team-high 14 points at Iowa State (2/20) ... scored 16 points (2-3 treys) at Missouri (2/3) ... scored a team-high 16 points with a team-best 7 rebounds at Kansas State (1/12) ... scored in double figures in 10 games, including seven vs. Big 12 opponents ... scored a career and team-high 17 points (4-8 treys) with a team-best 7 rebounds against Prairie View A&M (12/2) ... scored 7 points with 3 steals in win vs. Clemson (11/26) and made his first career three-pointer ... had a career-high 8 rebounds and 3 assists in opener vs. Angelo State (11/13).
Rated No. 64 by ESPN.com, which also ranked him as the best shooter among the nation’s small forward prospects ... averaged 22.4 points and 8.6 rebounds as a prep senior, earning all-state honors and lerading team to state title game ... averaged 21.0 points and 8.6 rebounds as a junior ... twice earned state player of the year honors ... posted a career-high scoring game of 39 points ... coached by John Pearson ... played AAU basketball with the Carolina Celtics, where he was teammates with Jamal Curry (Radford), Devin Booker (Clemson) and K.J. Manigault (Wichita State) ... also recruited by Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Michigan and St. Joseph’s.
James Khristian Middleton is the son of James and Nichelle Middleton of South Charleston, S.C. ... born August 12, 1991 in Charleston, S.C. ... sport management major ... a cousin, Josh Powell, plays for the Los Angeles Lakers ... favorite NBA team is the Lakers and favorite player is Tracy McGrady.
- Points: 31 vs Arkansas (12/18/10)
- Rebounds: 10 at Texas (1/11/12)
- Assists: 7 vs Baylor (2/5/11), vs Florida (12/17/11)
- Steals: 5 vs Nebraska (3/11/10)
- Blocks: 3 vs Texas Tech (1/14/12)
- 3-Point FGs: 5 vs Utah State (3/19/10)
- Minutes: 43 vs Baylor (2/5/11)
- thing I like most about Coach Kennedy: he’s a great teacher
- most memorable sports moment: 31 points in OT win vs Arkansas in Dallas
- I wish I was better at: everything
- job I’d love to have: general manager
- favorite non-NBA sports team: New York Yankees
- I don’t know what I’d do without: basketball
- favorite basketball TV announcer: Charles Barkley
- favorite food: BBQ chicken
- best advice I’ve been given: be myself, listen and be humble (from my parents)
- 3 words that describe me: real. laid. back.
- craziest thing I’ve done: gone to the top of the Swiss Alps
- biggest fear: heights
- favorite midnight snack: Raisin Bran
- what I’m most proud of: how I got where I am
- favorite pro athlete: Kobe Bryant
- favorite thing about A&M: it’s just a great place to be