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UNLV CAREER Darger begins his fourth season with the Runnin' Rebels in 2008-09 ... has played in 95 games during his career, starting 37 times ... has career averages of 7.0 points and 2.6 rebounds per game ... is a 39.2 percent shooter for his career from the field, 38.7 percent from 3-point range and 82.4 percent from the free-throw line ... has made 129 3-pointers in his three-year career, which is barely out of the top-10 in the UNLV record book.
JUNIOR(2007-08) Earned honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference honors ... started all 35 games ... averaged 11.3 points per game, which was second on the team ... made 67 3-pointers, which is just shy of the UNLV all-time top 10 for a season, and shot 36.8 percent from behind the 3-point arc ... reached double figures in scoring in 21 games and in rebounding twice ... shot 39.2 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from 3-point range and 83.0 percent from the free-throw line ... scored a career-high 23 points against UTEP, going 4-of-8 from 3-point range and 7-of-7 from the free-throw line.
SOPHOMORE (2006-07) Appeared in 34 of UNLV's 37 games, starting two ... averaged 6.0 points and 1.9 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per contest ... shot 41.7 percent from the field, 43.9 percent from 3-point range and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line ... led UNLV in 3-point field goal percentage, was second in free-throw percentage, fourth in 3-pointers made with 47, fifth in field goal percentage and sixth in scoring ... reached double figures in scoring in eight games, including six times in the team's first 10 contests ... scored a season-high 13 points, three times including against Oregon in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 when he was 5-of-6 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range ... made a game-tying 3-pointer against New Mexico on Jan. 27 with 38 seconds left to force overtime.
FRESHMAN(2005-06) Appeared in 26 of UNLV's 30 games ... played an average of 8.6 minutes per game with averages of 2.4 points and 0.9 rebounds ... shot 33.8 percent from the field, 34.1 percent from 3-point range and 66.7 percent from the free-throw line ... was fifth on the team in 3-point shooting percentage ... had one double-figure scoring game when he scored 14 points on 5-of-6 from the field including 2-of-2 from 3-point range at Wyoming ... scored eight points in his first collegiate game vs. Long Beach State.
HIGH SCHOOL A 2005 graduate of Riverton High School in Riverton, Utah ... lettered three years ... led the state (5A) in scoring at 22.0 points per game his senior year ... also averaged 12.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game ... named offensive player of the year and first team all-state ... recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds in the senior all-star game ... averaged 15.0 points and 13.0 rebounds as a junior ... all-state as a junior ... ranked as the No. 10 west coast small forward by TheInsiderHoops.com and was included in the top-five west coast prospect class for 2005 ... his team made the state tournament all three of his years and advanced to the Final Four in 2002-03.
PERSONAL Joseph B. Darger was born Aug. 31, 1986, in Riverton, Utah ... majoring in university studies and scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2009 ... the son of John and Carollee Darger ... has seven siblings, Johnny (31), Crystal (29), Angel (28), Jason (26), Dustin (24), Stacy (18) and Jordan (14) ... his brother Jason played basketball at the College of Eastern Utah.