On Baxter: His passionate work ethic has made him into one of the best centers in the college game … All-America candidate and second-year preseason candidate for the Naismith and Wooden Player of the Year Awards … two-time All-ACC selection who became the first player in Maryland history to receive MVP honors at an NCAA Regional … has started 80 of Maryland's last 82 games dating to Feb. 10, 1999 … on pace to join Len Elmore as the only Terrapins to boast 1,000 rebounds in a career … needs 175 points and 290 rebounds to become the first Maryland player ever to score 1,500 points with 1,000 rebounds … owns the Maryland record with 10 starting appearances in NCAA Tournament games, and most career rebounds in the NCAA Tournament … has registered double-doubles in five of his last seven NCAA Tournament games over the last two seasons … Baxter and Terence Morris are the only Terps ever to claim back-to-back double-doubles in NCAA Tournament games … a powerful bruiser who exhibits offensive touch with the ball and who is difficult to move from under the bucket … noted particularly for his muscle on the offensive boards … 56.6 percent career shooter through three seasons … enters his senior campaign ranked sixth among Maryland career leaders in blocks, 13th in rebounds and 19th in points.
Williams on Baxter: "It is great to see Lonny -- who wasn’t somebody when he came out of high school that was considered to be an ACC type of player -- overcome a lot of obstacles and become one of the top inside men in the country. With his experience after Obinna Ekezie went down with an Achilles heel injury (in 1998-99), Lonny had to start three-fourth’s of the way into his freshman season -- which in the long run was very beneficial. He has gotten better each year and we expect him to get better this year with taking jump shots and facing the basket. You also never want to take away from Lonny what he is good at, which is his ability to catch the ball down low, take it to the basket, take a foul, and put the ball in the basket. Lonny is what basketball players used to be, which is to come in for four years and gradually become a very good basketball player. That is what Lonny has done for us."
2000-01: Played in all 36 games and started 35 during Maryland's Final Four run of 2001 … NCAA West Regional's Most Outstanding Player who averaged 15.6 points per game, a team-high 7.9 rebounds, and 56.6 percent from the field during his junior season … shared team MVP honors with guard Juan Dixon … second team All-ACC, also voted to the ACC's all-tournament second team … finished third in the ACC in rebounding, sixth in blocked shots, and seventh in scoring … averaged a double-double through five NCAA Tournament games while leading the Terps to the Final Four with 16.2 points and 10.0 rebounds … combined for 50 points and 20 rebounds in West Regional games vs. Georgetown and Stanford … 26 points, 14 rebounds against Georgetown and 24 points, six rebounds against Stanford … also averaged a double-double, 14.5 points and 11.5 rebounds, in two ACC Tournament games against Wake Forest and Duke … became the 37th player in Maryland history to score 1,000 points in his career, eclipsing the plateau against Georgia Tech on Jan. 6 … led Maryland with 11 double-doubles overall, including six in the last nine games and consecutive double-doubles in NCAA Tourney games vs. Georgia State and Georgetown … career-high 32 points came on 12-of-14 shooting against Norfolk State on Dec. 23 … posted a season-high 15 rebounds in a Jan. 17 home win over Wake Forest, and had 14 in each of back-to-back NCAA Tournament games against Georgia State and Georgetown … finished 26th in the country in field goal percentage as a junior.
1999-00: One of just two players to start all 35 games … first team All-ACC as a sophomore … ACC All-Tournament honoree with 16.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in three tournament games … ACC season leader in offensive rebounds (3.6 per game) … second in ACC in field goal percentage (.533) and rebounds (8.8), and third with 2.3 blocks per game … Terps' leading rebounder … second on team with 15.6 points per game … most blocks (79) by a Maryland sophomore behind Joe Smith's 97 in 1995 … third in Terrapin rebounds (308) by a sophomore behind Smith (362 in '95) and Len Elmore (351 in '72) … 12 double-doubles as a sophomore including 31 points with 10 boards vs. NC State on Nov. 6 in College Park … had 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in a home loss to Duke … had double-doubles in three of his last five games including a 24-point, 10-rebound effort vs. Florida State in the ACC Tournament opener … joined teammate Terence Morris as the only Terps ever to record back-to-back double-doubles in NCAA Tournament games … 12 points and 11 boards vs. Iona … 22 points, 10 boards vs. UCLA … also led the Terps in field goal percentage, blocks and free throws attempted … second on the team in field goals and attempts … averaged 25.3 points in a four-game ACC stretch from Jan. 29 to Feb. 9 including four games of 20 points or more and his career scoring high vs. NC State … registered 10 20-point games … reached double figures in 32 of 35 games … reached double figures in the first half in 14 games.
1998-99: Honorable mention All-ACC freshman team selection … started 10 of the final 11 games of the 1998-99 season after the season-ending injury to senior Obinna Ekezie … started against Virginia on Feb. 6 in place of a healthy Ekezie and assumed the starter's role when Ekezie was lost for the season to a ruptured Achilles tendon on Feb. 9 … only game Baxter did not start over the last 11 games was on senior night as head coach Gary Williams inserted Brian Watkins into the starting lineup … averaged 8.9 points and 4.6 rebounds after Ekezie was lost for the season … averaged 6.8 points and 3.6 rebounds overall … led the Terps in field goal shooting percentage with a .599 mark … only Brian Williams, in 1988, recorded a higher shooting percentage (.600) as a freshman in school history … established a school record by making a perfect 10-of-10 shots from the field against North Texas on Dec. 23 … his perfect percentage (1.000) tied head coach Gary Williams (8-for-8 vs. So. Carolina, 12-10-66), among others … scored a season-high 28 points against North Texas … came within four made shots of tying the all-time school record for consecutive shots made in a season with 15 … he made his final shot against Princeton on Dec. 19 and all 10 of his attempts against North Texas before missing his first shot against South Carolina State on Dec. 27 …. also tied the school record for consecutive field goals made during a single game (10) against North Texas … shot .545 (18-of-33) against the eight ranked teams on Maryland’s schedule … shot 50 percent or better from the field in 20 of his 32 games for the season … scored 18 points against Florida State in his first ACC Tournament game in 24 minutes of play … scored 16 against Creighton as the Terps defeated the Blue Jays to advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in the last six years … recorded 28 points and 15 rebounds in three games during the NCAA Tournament … averaged double figures, 10.4 points per game, in five postseason games.
At Hargrave Military Academy: Spent one postgraduate season at Hargrave ... averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds and two blocked shots while shooting 85 percent from the foul line and 48 percent from the field ... helped lead Hargrave to a 23-1 record ... played alongside Korleone Young who bypassed college and was a 1998 NBA draft choice of the Detroit Pistons ... ranked among the top 12 post player prospects in the nation by recruiting expert Bob Gibbons ... scored his season high of 28 points and grabbed 15 rebounds against Fork Union Military Academy on Dec. 12 ... selected to the all-star team at the prestigious Adidas/ABCD camp prior to his 1997-98 season at Hargrave ... averaged 14.9 points and 7.2 rebounds to place among the top three players in the camp in both categories ... played in the Big-Time Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., prior to his postgraduate season at Hargrave ... led Washington Team Assault to the championship game of the 1997 BET Pro-Am D.C. Summer Classic Tournament … coach was Scott Shepherd … At Anacostia: Graduated in 1997 from Anacostia High in Washington, D.C. ... averaged 18.2 points and eight rebounds during his only season at the school ... second-team All-Metro by the Washington Post ... led Anacostia to the D.C. city championship in a game played in his future home at Cole Field House ... was selected MVP of the city championship game as he scored a career-high 35 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked two shots ... made 13-of-20 shots during the game ... Anacostia, which finished with a 26-8 record, was the No. 1-ranked team in the area at the end of the season as selected by the Washington Post ... scored 30 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots as Anacostia defeated Cardozo for the DCIAA championship ... helped the Indians to the championship of the Bullis School Holiday Classic ... Baxter scored 20 points in the championship final to help lead Anacostia past Bullis ... played as a member of the Capital All-Star team in the Capital Classic at MCI Center at the conclusion of his senior season ... coach was Thomas Hargrove … At Richard Montgomery: Played his junior season at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Md. … first team All-Montgomery County selection by the Washington Post.
International: Alongside Maryland teammate Juan Dixon, Baxter represented the United States at the 2001 World University Games at Beijing, China … led the U.S. team with 6.3 rebounds per game while finishing second to Dixon with 15.0 points per game … shot 69.8 percent from the floor while playing seven of the team's eight games.
Personal: Lonny Leroy Baxter … born Jan. 27, 1979 … he is the son of Edna Hughes and Lonny Baxter, Sr. ... majoring in criminology and criminal justice.
Baxter’s Career Highs Category # Opponent/Date Points 32 vs. Norfolk State, 12-23-00 FG 14 vs. NC State, 2-6-00 FGA 23 vs. Duke, 1-9-00 3FG 1 vs. Norfolk State, 12-23-00 1 vs. Clemson, 2-24-99 1 vs. Florida State, 1-27-99 3FGA 1 vs. Norfolk State, 12-23-00 1 vs. Michigan, 12-2-00 1 vs. Clemson, 2-24-99 1 vs. Florida State, 1-27-99 FT 9 vs. Chicago State, 12-27-00 9 at Clemson, 2-22-00 FTA 13 vs. Georgetown, 3-22-01 13 vs. Chicago State, 12-27-00 13 vs. NC State, 3-11-00 Rebounds 16 vs. Duke, 1-9-00 Assists 6 at Duke, 2-9-00 Blocks 7 vs. NC State, 2-6-00 Steals 5 vs. Stony Brook, 12-6-00 Minutes 38 vs. Winthrop, 12-7-99
Baxter's Career Statistics Year GP-GS Min.-Avg. FG-A Pct. 3P-A Pct. FT-A Pct. OR-DR Reb-Avg. PF-D Ast To Blk St Pts.-Avg. 1998-99 32-10 463-14.5 82-137 .599 2-2 1.000 51-89 .573 40-76 116-3.6 75-0 18 29 24 22 217-6.8 1999-00 35-35 970-27.7 218-409 .533 0-0 .000 111-187 .594 126-182 308-8.8 118-4 31 64 79 34 547-15.6 2000-01 36-35 935-26.0 219-387 .566 1-2 .500 122-206 .592 101-185 286-7.9 112-5 19 56 55 31 561-15.6 CAREER 103-80 2368-23.0 519-933 .556 3-4 .750 284-482 .589 267-443 710-6.9 305-9 68 149 158 87 1325-12.9