Fifth-year senior eligibility-wise is currently taking graduate level classes .... completed his undergraduate degree in management in May ... came back from shoulder surgery to average 15.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in earning Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team honors last season ... was also named the league's men's basketball Student-Athlete of the Year ... was a preseason second team All-Atlantic 10 pick in 2005-06 prior injuring his left - shooting - shoulder during a preseason scrimmage versus Cleveland State ... managed to play three games before opting for season-ending surgery in December 2006 ... was honored as the Atlantic 10 Chris Daniels Award winner in 2004-05 ... is the first Duquesne player to ever win the award, which is handed out annually in recognition of the league's most improved player ... nearly doubled his scoring and rebounding averages from his freshman to sophomore year and improved both once again this past season ... spent part of the summers following his freshman and sophomore seasons playing for the Scottish National Team ... was the second-youngest player invited to try out for the British National Team in late July ... is still relatively new to the game ... came to Duquesne after prepping for one year at Maine Central Institute ... with his arms outstretched, boasts 7-foot-4 3/4 inch wingspan ... has made effective use of that reach as he enters the season second on Duquesne's all-time list with 140 career blocked shots ... has led the team in field goal percentage and blocked shots in each of his first three full seasons ... his .522 career field goal percentage (313-of-600) ranks sixth all-time ... will enter his senior season with 901 career points ... has 14 career double-doubles (one as a freshman, eight as a sophomore and five last year) ... is an outstanding student who earned a spot on the 2004-05 and 2006-07 Atlantic 10 All-Academic Teams ... is the only Scottish player currently competing at the NCAA Division I level.
As a Junior (2006-07) Finished 16th nationally and second in the A-10 in blocks (2.57) ... was ninth in the league in scoring (15.8 ppg.), seventh in rebounding (7.3 rpg.), fifth in field goal percentage (.518) and eighth in free throw percentage (.800) ... scored in double digits 20 times ... topped the 20-point mark six times ... led the team with five double-digit rebound games ... capped the season by being the first DU player ever named to the Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team (established in 1996-97) ... was also named men's basketball Student-Athlete of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Academic Team ... was one block shy of tying the school single-season record of 60 held by Derrick Alston (set in 1991-92 and tied by Alston in 1992-93) ... played as well as anyone in the A-10 over the last month of the season ... in 10 February/March games, he averaged 18.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.1 blocks in 25.9 minutes per game ... had four double-doubles and set new career highs for points (26 vs. St. Bonaventure) and steals (5 at George Washington) and tied his career highs for assists (4 vs. Temple) and blocks (5 vs. Charlotte) over that span ... started the year on a down note when he was diagnosed with three stress fractures in his left foot on Nov. 10 ... discarded the protective boot he wore for three weeks on Dec. 2 and began practicing on Monday, Dec. 4 ... made an unexpected return at Pitt (18 minutes) two days later ... it was his first game action since Dec. 3, 2005 vs. Robert Morris (he played in just three games in 2005-06 with a torn labrum in his left shoulder ... he had season-ending surgery Dec. 15, 2005) ... made his first start on Dec. 9 vs. West Virginia and went 6-of-6 from the field in scoring 15 points in 25 minutes and followed that by scoring 13 of his 17 points in the second half (8-of-12 from the field) at Niagara ... topped both outings by hitting a game-winning 3-pointer from the top of the key with 0:00 left to give the Dukes a 72-71 win at Saint Francis, Pa. - ending a seven-game losing streak and 17-game non-conference road losing streak that dated back to December 2002 ... finished with a game-high 22 points (2-of-4 from the 3-point arc) to go along with eight rebounds against the Red Flash ... he entered the Saint Francis game 1-of-14 from the arc for his career ... added 17 points in 29 minutes before fouling out in DU's upset win at Boston College ... played a key role in limiting Saint Louis' 6-10, 270-pound center Ian Vouyoukas to six points and seven field goal attempts in 34 minutes in a 73-63 win at SLU ... went 3-of-7 from the 3-point arc in scoring 17 at UMass ... blocked four shots, including a big rejection of a Brian Roberts shot with under 10 seconds left, in the 93-89 win over Dayton ... tied his career high with 22 points (7-of-9 from the field and 8-of-9 from the foul line) in 26 minutes vs. Temple ... his two free throws with 38 seconds left gave the Dukes the lead for good against the Owls ... posted his first double-double of the season (and 10th of his career) with a then career-high 25 points and 11 rebounds in 22 minutes at St. Bonaventure ... followed that with a double-double at La Salle (17-11 with 4 blocks) ... just missed his third and fourth-straight double-doubles with 16-9 vs. Rhode Island and 13-9 at Richmond before going for 20 and 11 at Fordham ... tied his career high with five rejections to go along with 16 points vs. Charlotte ... set a new career scoring high with 26 vs. St. Bonaventure on Feb. 24 ... finished the regular season with 22 points, 12 rebounds a career-high five steals and three blocks at George Washington.
As a Junior (2005-06) - medical redshirt Preseason second team All-Atlantic 10 pick, played in three games before undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder on Dec. 15 ... injured the shoulder while blocking a shot in a preseason scrimmage versus Cleveland State on Nov. 12 ... tried to play through the injury early in the season with little success ... entered the year ranked third on Duquesne's career field goal accuracy list at 54.5 percent ... went 5-of-22 from the field (including an 0-of-10 effort at Oakland) in three games while trying to play with the bad shoulder ... played in the first two games versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff and at Oakland ... sat out at Akron and returned for the final time on Dec. 3 versus Robert Morris ... averaged 6.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in the three games he played.
As a Sophomore (2004-05) Averaged 11.5 points and 6.7 rebounds in starting all 30 games in the pivot ... shot a team-best .515 from the field and also led the squad with 46 blocked shots in an average of 29.2 minutes per game ... scored in double digits 21 times ... finished the year with eight double-doubles ... Saint Joseph's Dwayne Jones (19), La Salle's Steven Smith (10) and Fordham's Bryant Dunston (9) were the only A-10 players with more double-doubles than Achara ... opened conference play with a then career-high 23 points and then career high-tying 11 rebounds in DU's 94-93 double-overtime win at Dayton ... the Dayton victory was the Dukes' first at UD since 1983 ... also posted A-10 double-doubles at Richmond (11-10), at Fordham (10-14) and again vs. Fordham in the Atlantic 10 Tournament (12-10) ... his 14 boards at Fordham were a career high ... set a career scoring high with 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting at La Salle on Jan. 29 ... became the first Duquesne player to win the Atlantic 10 Chris Daniels Award, which is given annually to the league's most improved player ... had a streak of 17 consecutive free throws made snapped at Saint Joseph's on Feb. 5 ... finished the year at .740 from the charity stripe ... tied his career high with five blocked shots vs. Youngstown State ... his 49 rejections tied for the fifth-highest single-season total in school history and also ranked tied for fourth in the Atlantic 10.
As a Freshman (2003-04) Played in all 29 games as a true freshman, averaging 6.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game ... shot .725 from the foul line and a team-best .617 from the field ... led the team with 33 blocked shots ... started four of the last six games ... averaged 9.3 ppg. and shot .684 (13-of-19) from the field as DU went 3-1 in his four starts ... posted five of his seven double-digit scoring games in the Dukes' last eight outings ... had a four-game double digit scoring streak snapped at Xavier on Feb. 28 ... posted his first career double-double (10-11) in DU's 88-62 regular-season win over UMass ... scored a then career-high 13 points twice (at Dayton and vs. UMass in the Atlantic 10 Tournament) ... his five blocked shots vs. Robert Morris were the most by a Duquesne player since Eriq Mason blocked six vs. Illinois State in December of 1996 ... blocked three shots in a game on four other occasions.
Prep School Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine (head coach Ed Jones) ... joined the starting line-up midway through the season in helping MCI to a 16-10 record and second-place finish in the New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) ... scored 14 points in an 85-83 loss to Brewster in the quarterfinal round of the New England "A" Prep Championship ... averaged 9.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots per game ... his scoring average increased to between 12 and 14 points per game over the second half of the season ... eight of his 16 MCI teammates also earned Division I scholarships: Brian Andre (Buffalo), George Wright-Easy and Darnell Evans (St. Francis, Pa.), Marquis Kately (California), Chris Moore (Tulane), Frank Robinson (East Carolina), Mike Tuck (Loyola, Md.) and Rekalin Sims (Kentucky).
Scottish National Team Spent the summers of 2004 and 2005 playing for the Scottish Senior National Team ... was not able to compete in 2006 because he was rehabilitating his injured shoulder ... was named Most Valuable Player of the South Africa Tournament played in Johannesburg on August 5-7, 2005 ... averaged 21.3 points and 8.0 rebounds as the Scots went 2-1 in the tournament designed to help South Africa, Angola Select and Mozambique prepare for the African championship ... opened the tournament with 12 points and nine rebounds in a 78-68 win over Angola Select and followed that with 26 points and six boards in an 83-81 victory over Mozambique ... finished the three-game tournament with 26 points and nine rebounds in a 90-76 loss to South Africa ... shot .833 from the foul line (20-of-24) and averaged 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks per game in the tournament ... he even connected on 4-of-8 3-point attempts ... went on a two-day South African safari with his Scottish National teammates following the Johannesburg tourney ... helped Scotland to a bronze medal finish in the 2004 European Promotion Cup ... was the leading rebounder (12.0) and sixth-leading scorer (18.2) in championship round play (5 games) ... scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the bronze medal-deciding 101-78 victory over Azerbaijan ... added 22 points and 14 boards in an 80-71 loss to Luxembourg ... also had a double-double (17-10) in a win over Albania ... shot a team-best .565 from the field in helping the Scots to a 4-1 record - their best mark ever at a European Promotion Cup ... also played for the Scots at the European Promotion Cup in Malta in June 2002 ... in 1999, at the age of 16, he was the youngest member of the Senior National Team ... was the Scottish Junior Player of the Year in 2000 and 2001 ... pulled down 13 rebounds in a 76-74 loss to Cyprus in the gold medal game of the 2001 European Promotion Cup Tournament ... led the Falkirk Clark Eriksson Fury to the Scottish National League senior title.
High School Stirling High School in Stirling, Scotland ... school did not have an organized basketball program ... was one of four recipients of the W.G. Malcolm Prize for service to the school and community ... also received a special commendation for basketball for hard work and outstanding effort ... played center/forward for the soccer team until age 16 ... grew four inches, from 6-4 to 6-8, between the ages of 15 and 16 ... graduated with high honors in 2001 ... played for Middlesborough Academy following high school.
Personal Kieron's mother, Marion Fzea, who currently works in Stirling as a family support worker, is a former member of the U18 Scottish Women's National Basketball Team ... his older brother, Idris, who also plays basketball, most recently competed in the Special Olympics Glasgow 2005 Great Britain Games ... Idris, 27, represented Britain in basketball at the 2000 Special Olympics at Athens, Greece ... Kieron committed to the Dukes in November 2003 ... made his lone official visit to DU ... enjoys soccer and video games ... completed his undergraduate degree in management in May ... currently taking classes in DU's sports leadership graduate program ... full name is Kieron Robert Achara ... date of birth: 7/3/83 in Stirling, Scotland.
CAREER STATS FOR KIERON ACHARA
YEAR G/GS MIN/AVG FG-AT PCT 3M-AT PCT FT-AT PCT O/D REB PF-DQ A TO BK S PTS-AVG 2004 29/4 484/16.7 58-94 .617 0-2 .000 58-80 .725 43/63 106-3.7 61-1 11 30 33 8 174-6.0 2005 30/30 877/29.2 119-231 .515 0-6 .000 108-146 .740 84/118 202-6.7 81-3 30 62 46 21 346-11.5 2006* 3/2 66/22.0 5-22 .227 1-4 .250 7-9 .778 4/7 11-3.7 5-0 3 8 2 0 18-6.0 2007 23/16 613/26.7 131-253 .518 17-57 .298 84-105 .800 66/101 167-7.3 66-3 32 50 59 23 363-15.8 Total 85/52 2,040/24.0 313-600 .522 18-69 .261 257-340 .756 197/289 486-5.7 213-7 76 150 140 52 901-10.6* - medical redshirt season (stats count toward career totals)
HIGH GAMES: Points - 26 vs. St. Bonaventure (Jr.); Rebounds - 14 at Fordham (So.); Assists - 4 vs. Temple and at St. Bonaventure (Jr.); Blocked Shots - 5, three times (last vs. Charlotte, Jr.); Steals - 5 at George Washington (Jr.); Minutes - 38 vs. Fordham (Jr.)