Take out the 8-9 matchups, and only five lower-seeded teams managed to win first-round games in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Scottie Reynolds and No. 12 seed Villanova was one of those teams, but the Wildcats may be good enough this year to be a favorite once the NCAA Tournament rolls around again.[details]
2005 (Junior): Recipient of 2006 Chris Street Award . . . third team all-Big Ten . . . CoSIDA third team academic all-American . . . academic all-Big Ten . . . NABC District 12-all-District second team . . . Hawkeye Challenge all-Tournament team . . . Guardians Classic all-Tournament team . . . co-Big Ten Player of the Week, Jan. 30, for his play in wins over Indiana and Ohio State . . . Averaged 13.9 points and 4.7 rebounds while starting all 34 games . . . shot 41.7% from the field, 34.6% from three-point range and 84.8% from the free throw line . . . 20 points and three rebounds against Northwestern State in NCAA Tournament . . . 15 points and eight rebounds in win over Ohio State in Big Ten Tournament championship game . . . nine points (7-8 FTs) and five rebounds vs. Michigan State in Big Ten Tournament . . . seven points and four rebounds vs. Minnesota in Big Ten Tournament . . . 16 points and seven rebounds in win over Wisconsin . . . 11 points, four rebounds and three assists vs. Penn State . . . 11 points and five rebounds in win over Michigan State . . . 13 points and seven rebounds in win at Indiana . . . game-high 18 points and five assists in win over Michigan . . . 11 points, six rebounds and four assists in win at Purdue . . . 18 points and seven rebounds in win over Ohio State . . . game-highs with 20 points (9-9 FTs) and 10 rebounds in win over Indiana for first double-double at Iowa . . . game-high 19 points and three rebounds at Michigan State . . . career-high 29 points and three rebounds in win at Penn State . . . 15 points (9-10 FTs) and three rebounds in win over Illinois . . . 17 points (6-10 FGs) and 5 rebounds in win at Saint Louis . . . team-high 18 points (4-7 treys) nine rebounds and four assists in win over Robert Morris . . . team-high 17 points and five rebounds in win over Arizona State . . . 16 points, four rebounds and four assists at Iowa State . . . 14 points and six rebounds in win over Valparaiso . . . 11 points, five rebounds and four assists in win over Fairfield . . . team-high 18 points and six rebounds in win over NC State . . . 15 points and seven rebounds in win over Texas-San Antonio . . . team-high 23 points and seven rebounds vs. Texas . . . 14 points, three rebounds and four assist in win over Colgate . . . 12 points and four rebounds in win over MD-Eastern Shore.
2004 (Sophomore): Honorable mention all-Big Ten . . . named to CoSIDA District VII academic all-America team . . . academic all-Big Ten . . . Started all 33 games . . . averaged 14.7 points and four rebounds per game, shooting 47.8% from the field, 38.9% from three-point range and a team-best 80.8% from the free throw line . . . ranked fifth in the Big Ten in free throw percentage, 10th in three-point percentage and 11th in scoring . . . 10 points, five rebounds and two steals vs. Cincinnati in NCAA Tournament . . . 10 points, three rebounds and three assists vs. Wisconsin in Big Ten Tournament . . . 10 points, five rebounds and three assists in win over Michigan State in Big Ten Tournament . . . 17 points, six rebounds and five assists in win over Purdue in Big Ten Tournament . . . 17 points, three rebounds and three assists in win at Michigan . . . 22 points and three rebounds in win over Ohio State . . . 22 points (10-14 FGs), four rebounds, three assists and three steals in win at Penn State . . . 19 points, five rebounds and two steals at Minnesota . . . 20 points, seven rebounds and two steals vs. Illinois . . . 12 points and five rebounds at Purdue . . . 20 points, eight rebounds and career- high five assists and four steals in win over Northwestern . . . 16 points at Wisconsin . . . career-high 24 points and six rebounds vs. Michigan State . . . five points and three rebounds in win vs. Indiana . . . 12 points and two assists at Northwestern . . . nine points and five rebounds in win vs. Purdue . . . 12 points, six rebounds and two steals at Illinois . . . 15 points and two steals in win vs. Minnesota . . . 14 points, three rebounds and two steals in win vs. Michigan . . . 13 points and four rebounds in win over Saint Louis . . . 14 points and four rebounds in win vs. Air Force . . . 21 points and six rebounds in win over Texas Tech . . . 20 points and three rebounds in win over Iowa State . . . 17 points and five rebounds in win over UNC Greensboro . . . 21 points and eight rebounds in win at Drake . . . 19 points (11-13 FTs) and two steals vs. North Carolina . . . 14 points and three rebounds in win over Louisville . . . five rebounds and two steals in win over Texas . . . 14 points and two assists in win over Western Illinois.
2003 (Redshirt): Redshirted after transferring from Iowa State.
2002 (Freshman): Started all 31 games at Iowa State . . . second leading scorer among freshmen in the Big 12, averaging 9.2 ppg . . . named to Big 12 all Freshman team . . . scored in double figures in his first nine games . . . scored in double figures in 16 of 31 games . . . shot 33.6 percent (40 119) from three point range and 76% from the foul line (38 50) . . . 15 points vs. Mercer, hitting 7-10 FGs . . . was a combined 11 17 from the field in the two games in the Cyclone Challenge to earn all tournament honors . . . 12 points vs. Western Illinois and a career high 18 points against Binghamton on 8 11 shooting . . . 16 points and two assists against Boston College . . . 12 points (5 12 FG, 2 5 treys) at Iowa . . . 13 points and nine rebounds vs. Savannah State . . . 13 points vs. Drake (5 9 FG, 3 5 treys), including a career high three treys . . . tallied first double double of his career against Arkansas Pine Bluff, scoring 10 points and grabbing a career high 11 rebounds . . . made three second half treys en route to 13 points vs. Oklahoma . . . led team with 15 points vs. Missouri, scoring 11 points in the first half . . . led team with 15 points at Oklahoma State, including three treys and 4 4 from the free throw line . . . tied a career high with four assists vs. Texas Tech . . . scored 12 points at Texas A&M . . . connected on two key free throws to give ISU a three point lead with :18 seconds remaining vs. Kansas State . . . tallied 12 points on 4 for 6 shooting from the field and had two steals vs. Texas A&M.
Personal: Born 11/16/83 . . . pre-business major . . . parents are Kim and Steve Haluska . . . his brother, Sean, earned first team all-state honors in Class 3-A in 2004-05 as a prep senior . . . his father is the principal at Carroll HS . . . high school coach was Keith Stribe.
High School: Competed at the Adidas ABCD camp in the summer of 2001 when he began receiving national recognition . . . was outstanding at the Adidas camp, making the senior all star team, earning top five shooting guard honors and ranked among the top 25 players at the camp . . . name appeared in the following prep individual national rankings: FoxSports.com, No. 32; Bob Gibbons All Star Report, No. 59; PrepStars.com, No. 72; ESPN.com, No. 43; HoopScoop, No. 59; TheInsiders.com, No. 78; Basketball News, No. 50; Sporting News, No. 71; Athlon Sports, No. 10 shooting guard; ESPN.com, No. 13 shooting guard . . . Basketball Times rated him the best shooter from mid range . . . was a top 100 finalist for McDonald's All American team . . . as a four year starter as a prep he averaged over 17 ppg since his freshman year in high school . . . capped senior campaign with third consecutive first team Des Moines Register Class 3 A all state selection, averaging 30.1 ppg and 9.9 rpg . . . named Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year as the state's top prep hoopster . . . had the second best scoring average in the state, shooting 55.5 percent (256 461) from the floor and 34.9 percent (37 106) from three point range . . . finished prep career with 2,209 points, eighth best total in Iowa prep history and the top scoring output for an Iowa large school (Class 3 A/4 A) player in state history . . . posted career high 47 points vs. Carlisle . . . averaged 17.6 ppg and 6.9 rpg as a freshman, 21.5 points and eight boards as a sophomore and 29.8 points and 11 rebounds as a junior . . . as a freshman, shot 61 percent (136 223) from the field and 50 percent (19 38) from 3 point range . . . as a sophomore, shot 55.8 percent (186 333) from the field and 79.2 percent (57 72) from the foul line . . . as a junior, shot 53.6 percent from the field (288 537) and 37.7 percent (52 138) from 3 point range . . . was the Class 3 A state Player of the Year as a junior and senior . . . earned first team all conference honors and led the league in scoring all four seasons . . . led team to Raccoon River Conference title all four years . . . also lettered in baseball, football and track and field . . . track and field exploits have been well documented, winning eight individual prep state track titles: long jump (three), 100 meters (two), 200 meters (two) and 400 meters (one) . . . named the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2001 and 2002 Iowa State Track and Field Championships . . . as a senior, recorded one of the most prolific performances in Iowa State Track & Field Championship history, becoming only the fourth athlete in the 97 year history of the state meet to win four individual events, claiming victories in the 100 meters (10.91), 200 meters (21.56), 400 meters (48.48) and long jump (22 5 1/4) . . . scored 28 of Carroll's 30 team points to finish runner up to Storm Lake (33) in the Class 3A team championship . . . broke the Class 3A 100 meter state record with a 10.79 clocking in the preliminaries . . . also broke the 200 meter state mark with his time in the finals . . . Class 3A state champion in the 100 meters (10.84), 200 meters (21.67) and long jump (23 3 1/4) as a junior . . . won the Class 3A long jump title as a sophomore.
Strengths: Adam Haluska is a pretty good athlete, possessing a nice combination of quickness and explosiveness for his size. He is a very good outside shooter with solid mechanics, especially when spotting up. He finishes very well at the basket, possessing good body control and the ability to pull-up and hit some tough turnaround or fadeaway jumpers. He's a decent ball-handler in transition for an off-guard, and he passes the ball well for an off-guard.
Weaknesses: Haluska is a bit undersized at 6'5, and he pushes forward a bit on his shot as he gets farther away from the basket. Haluska's ballhandling could also use some work, especially in halfcourt situations. He isn't a threat to create in isolations. Haluska could be a better defender as well, possessing the tools but not always putting in the effort. Haluska also probably doesn't have the size to consistently finish at the basket against bigger opponents in the NBA.
Outlook: Haluska has an outside chance of getting drafted, but will likely have to try his luck in a summer league. He has a lot of things he could potentially contribute, but doesn't blow you away in any one area. He should probably work on becoming a more consistent outside shooter.
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