General: A proven winner with the ability to play multiple positions ... After seeing limited action as a freshman, will definitely impact the lineup in 2005-06 ... A solid outside shooter with a strong midrange game ... Pound-for-pound, the strongest Wildcat on the roster ... Also a member of the Puerto Rican junior national team.
Summer 2005: Played on the Puerto Rican national team that finished in seventh place at the 2005 FIBA Under-21 World Championships for Men, Aug. 5-14, in Mar del Plata, Argentina ... In eight games, Verdejo averaged 11.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game, while shooting 50 percent (28-of-56) from the field ... Averaged better than 22 minutes per game ... Scored in double figures in six of eight tournament games, including a high of 19 points in Puerto Rico’s 86-77 win over Slovenia on Aug. 14 in the seventh-place game ... In two games vs. the United States in the championships, Verdejo averaged 9.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and shot 50 percent from the field (7-of-14) in 27 minutes played.
2004-05 (Freshman): The last Wildcat signee last spring proved to be a factor from the start as he challenged for time as a backup point guard ... Arguably the toughest player on the roster ... Recorded two points on 1-of-2 FG shooting on 3/19 vs. UAB ... Played one minute vs. Utah State on 3/17 in NCAA Tournament first round ... Grabbed a rebound in two minutes of Pac-10 Tournament championship game vs. Washington on 3/12 ... Saw five minutes of action on 3/11 vs. Oregon State ... Notched a career-best three assists on 3/10 vs. California ... Missed a three-point FG attempt at Arizona State on 3/5 ... Hit 3-of-5 FGs en route to seven points, a rebound and an assist on 2/20 vs. Oregon State ... Missed only FG attempt on 2/17 vs. Oregon ... Saw one minute at UCLA on 2/12 ... Poured in five points in just seven minutes at USC on 2/10 ... Played two minutes vs. Stanford on 2/5 ... Registered five points and two assists vs. California on 2/3 ... Hit a trey in three minutes vs. Washington State on 1/29 ... Played two minutes vs. Washington on 1/27 ... Collected four points, two boards and a steal in only eight minutes at Oregon State on 1/22 ... Played one minute at Oregon on 1/20 ... Missed two FG attempts in three minutes vs. UCLA on 1/15 ... Buried a nice step-back three and added a board at California on 1/6 ... Registered two points and an assist in just one minute vs. Arizona State on 1/2 ... Corralled a rebound in five minutes vs. Richmond on 12/30 ... Tallied eight points (5-of-6 FT) and three assists vs. Eastern Washington on 12/28 ... Hit 2-of-3 treys to finish with six points and a steal vs. Manhattan on 12/21 ... Saw one minute of action on 12/5 vs. Mississippi State ... Hit 4-of-6 FGs en route to eight points vs. Wyoming on 11/30 to go with a board, assist and a steal ... Hit 1-of-3 FGs at Virginia on 11/21 ... Tallied two points and an assist in collegiate debut on 11/18 vs. Wright State.
High School: Inked a National Letter-of-Intent on April 14, 2004 ... Ranked as the No. 23 overall prep school prospect by hoopscooponline.com ... Attended The Winchendon School in Winchendon, Mass., as a fifth-year prep and averaged 22.9 points per game in helping the squad to a 32-5 record and New England Preparatory School Athletic Council championship ... Prepped at Christian High School in Miami, Fla., and averaged 28.0 points, seven rebounds and five assists per game as a senior in 2002-03 ... As a junior in 2001-02, Christian posted a 37-2 record, won the Florida 1A state championship and was ranked as high as No. 2 nationally by USA Today ... In earning Florida Sports Writers all-tournament honors during the championship run, Verdejo combined for 40 points on 17-of-26 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-3 from three-point range, and added seven rebounds, five assists and five steals in the state semifinal and championship game victories ... He finished his career as Christian’s all-time leading scorer, amassing 2,152 career points in just two seasons ... Helped Puerto Rican World Championship for Young Men Qualifying team post a 3-2 record and earn the silver medal the tournament in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada .... Tallied 12 points (5-of-8 FGs), a rebounds and an assist in the Aug. 1 gold medal game vs. the United States, which also featured current teammates Hassan Adams and Mustafa Shakur ... Averaged 12.2 points and 2.0 rebounds, while shooting 49.0 percent (25-of-51) for the tournament.
CAREER HIGHS Jesus Verdejo Points 8, twice, last, vs. Eastern Washington, 12/28/2004 Rebounds 2, twice, last, vs. California, 3/10/2005 FG 4, vs. Wyoming, 11/30/2004 FGA 8, at Oregon State, 1/22/2004 3PT 2, vs. Manhattan, 12/21/2004 3ATT 3, twice, last, vs. California, 3/10/2005 FT 5, vs. Eastern Washington, 12/28/2004 FTA 6, vs. Eastern Washington, 12/28/2004 AST 3, twice, last, vs. California, 3/10/2005 STL 1, three times, at Oregon State, 1/22/2005 BLK 0 MIN 15, twice, last, vs. California, 3/10/2005
8, twice, last, vs. Eastern Washington, 12/28/2004
2, twice, last, vs. California, 3/10/2005
4, vs. Wyoming, 11/30/2004
8, at Oregon State, 1/22/2004
2, vs. Manhattan, 12/21/2004
3, twice, last, vs. California, 3/10/2005
5, vs. Eastern Washington, 12/28/2004
6, vs. Eastern Washington, 12/28/2004
3, twice, last, vs. California, 3/10/2005
1, three times, at Oregon State, 1/22/2005
15, twice, last, vs. California, 3/10/2005
Total 3-Point Rebounds Year GP-GS Min/Avg FG-FGA Pct FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct Off-Def Tot Avg PF-FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts/Avg 2004-05 26-0 125/4.8 22-52 .423 8-25 .320 7-9 .778 2-9 11 0.4 5-0 12 9 0 3 59/2.3 TOTAL 26-0 125/4.8 22-52 .423 8-25 .320 7-9 .778 2-9 11 0.4 5-0 12 9 0 3 59/2.3