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2009-2010 Men's Basketball Roster


Desmond Yates

Class: r-SR
Position: F
Height: 6-7
Weight: 225 pounds
Previous School: Fayette-Ware HS
Hometown: Somerville, Tenn.

2009-10 (R-SENIOR)
Named to the Lou Henson All-America team presented by CollegeInsider.com which consists of 30 student-athletes from across the country ... Became the all-time leading scorer at Middle Tennessee after scoring 28 points at Western Kentucky ... Went 8-12 from the field, 3-3 from behind the arc and 9-10 from the charity stripe ... First time in career had scored more than 20 points against Western Kentucky ... Named Sun Belt Player of the Week after guiding the Blue Raiders to three wins, two over the Hilltoppers, while averaging 19.3 points per game ... Scored 20 points in his first game of the 2009-10 season to lead the team against Belmont ... Ended the game 9 for 17 from the field ... Pulled down four rebounds ... Against Tennessee scored a team high 26 points after going 11 for 19 from the field ... Scored 13 points against Howard after going 5 for 11 from the field and 2 for 2 from the charity stripe ... Also had a season high eight rebounds ... Scored team high 18 points in league opener against New Orleans ... Also had two assists, one block and one steal ... Scored team high 14 points against Vanderbilt ... Led the team with 19 points against Florida Atlantic ... Made 8 of 15 from the field and 2 for 2 at the charity stripe ... Scored team high 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds against Western Kentucky ... Scored 16 points and pulled down five rebounds at ULM ... Went 6-9 from the field at South Alabama scoring 16 points ... Recorded fourth 20-point game of season against Houston Baptist ... Went 9-14 from the field with six rebounds and a career high five steals ... Pulled down seven rebounds and scored 11 points at FIU ... Scored a team high 14 points at FAU after going 7-10 from the field ... In the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Championships, went 4-7 from the field scoring nine points ... Also had a team high two blocks and four rebounds.

2008-09 (R-JUNIOR)
Joined Tommy Gunn as only Blue Raiders to be named 1st Team All-Sun Belt Conference twice, earning the honor in a vote of the league's coaches and select media representatives ... Named 1st Team All-District 24 by the NABC ... 550 points on season put Yates in 9th place on single-season scoring chart ... On the career scoring chart, Yates has moved into 11th place with 1410 points, and has an excellent chance to become MTSU's all time leading scorer, needing only 213 points to surpass Robert Taylor at the top of the list ... 3rd in Sun Belt scoring with 17.2 ppg and 4th in field goal pct (.579)...Named Most Valuable Player of Basketball Traveler's Tip-Off Tournament after averaging 20.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and shooting 70 percent (28-40) from the field in three wins ... Named Sun Belt Player of the Week (12/16) ... Named Sun Belt Conference Preseason Player of the Year, College Insiders Mid-Major Preseason All American, Blue Ribbon Magazine Sun Belt Conference Preseason Player of the Year ... Became 28th Blue Raider to surpass 1,000 points in career with 21 vs. UT Martin ... Career field goal percentage (.566) is good for 7th place all-time, and career 3-point field goal percentage of .393 is good for 8th place ... Has scored 20 plus points 25 times, including 11 times this season ... Team is 19-6 in those games, including 9-2 in 2008-09 ... Scored 21 or more in three consecutive games during one stretch (Troy,27; SIU Edwardsville,25; UT-Martin,21)... 27 vs. Troy was season high ... Has scored in double figures in 74 of 96 career games (.77.1%) ... Has led team in scoring 44 times in 96 career games ... Had streak of 15 consecutive double figure scoring games halted vs. Tennessee after getting into early foul trouble ... Collected career-high three steals vs. Trevecca ... Scored season-high 27 points and had career -best 13 rebounds in win vs. Troy (12/11/08) ... Connected on career-best 12 field goals vs. Troy ... Led team in rebounding with season-high nine vs. Houston.

2007-08 (R-SOPHOMORE)
Named to the All-Sun Belt Conference First-Team (3/4), becoming first Blue Raider to earn first-team honors since Tommy Gunn (2003, 2004) ... Named to the Sun Belt's All-Tournament team ... Named Sun Belt's Player of Week (2/11) ... Has scored double figures in 70 percent of 64 career games ... Reached 860 career points with 16 in SBC Championship game vs. Western Kentucky (03/11/08) and enters junior season 40th all-time in scoring at Middle Tennessee ... Career field goal percentage of .558 is ninth all-time, career 3-point percentage of .433 is third all-time ... Scored 511 points in 2007-08, which is 16th on the single-season list ...Registered third career double-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds vs. Florida International (02/09/08) ... Finished sophomore season ranked fifth in the Sun Belt in scoring (16.0), third in field goal percentage (.575), 10th in free throw percentage (.805), and 11th in minutes played (31.94) ... Led team in scoring with 16.0 points per game, which was up 5.1 points per game from freshman season ... In Sun Belt games only averaged 18.4 points (fifth in SBC standings), shot 58 percent (128-220) from the field and 52 percent from 3-point range (14-of-27) ... Connected on season-high three 3-pointers (in four attempts) in win vs. South Alabama (02/14/08) ... Poured in 28 points on 12-of-14 shooting vs. Arkansas State ... Collected first career double-double with 24 points and personal-best 10 rebounds vs. ULM (01/24/08) ... Career-high 30 points vs. New Orleans and also set a career high for field goals made (12), and attempted (20), as well as a personal best for minutes played (39). The 30 points vs. New Orleans marked the most by a Blue Raiders since William Pippen scored 32 vs. Florida International in 2004 ... Tied then career high with 23 points in win vs. Denver (01/05/08), while also establishing what was then career high for field goals made (10) vs. the Pioneers ... Scored 20 or more points 14 times in career (10 times this season) and team is 10-4 in those games ... Played career high 45 minutes at Arkansas State ... Strong inside-out presence from the 4 position and creates mismatches with outside shooting prowess. ... Was 5 of 5 from the field in the second half vs. Denver (01/05/08) and hit nine of his last 10 shots vs. the Pioneers ... Career high three blocks at Florida International.

2006-07 (FRESHMAN)
Enjoyed breakthrough freshman season averaging 10.9 points and earning 18 starts, while playing in all 32 games ... Finished fifth among SBC leaders in field goal percentage (.536, 141 of 263) ... Scored double figures in 19 games and led team in scoring 10 times ... Second among SBC freshmen in scoring, and first among league rookies in field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage ... Scored 21 or more four times, including game-high 21 in road win at New Orleans, 21 at home vs. Florida International, and career-high tying 23 points against Arkansas State ... Connected on 15 of 16 free-throw attempts against New Orleans. The 15 free throws were third-most in a single game ... Scored career-best 23 points against Belmont, which was the most points in a game by a Blue Raider in 2005-06 ... Collected career-high two steals vs. Troy (01/06/07).

2005-06
Took redshirt year.

FAYETTE-WARE HIGH SCHOOL
Four-time All-Region selection (2003-06) ... Four-time All-Region selection (2003-06) ... Averaged double figures all four seasons and was among the top rebounders in the west Tennessee region during his prep career. Four-year letterwinner.

PERSONAL
Born: April 1, 1986 ... Son of Tammy Yates ... Major: Health and Human Performance.



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2008-2009 Game-by-Game Stats
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