Khris Middleton

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Khris Middleton
Khris Middleton.jpg
Middleton with the Texas A&M Aggies
No. 22 – Milwaukee Bucks
Position Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1991-08-12) August 12, 1991 (age 22)
Charleston, South Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 217 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Porter-Gaud
(Charleston, South Carolina)
College Texas A&M (2009–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Pro playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012–2013 Detroit Pistons
2012 Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)
2013–present Milwaukee Bucks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

James Khristian "Khris" Middleton (born August 12, 1991) is an American professional basketball small forward with the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Middleton was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 39th pick of the 2012 NBA draft. He attended Porter-Gaud School, where he was coached by John Pearson. As a junior and senior, he was named South Carolina Player of the Year, and was a McDonald's All-American nominee. Middleton chose to matriculate at Texas A&M University, where he started the majority of the games in his freshman year. In his sophomore season, he was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team after leading the Aggies in scoring at a 14.3 point per game clip.

Early life and high school career[edit]

Middleton was born on August 12, 1991 in Charleston, South Carolina to James and Nichelle Middleton. His cousin, Josh Powell, has played in the NBA. Another cousin, Kenny Manigault, plays basketball at Wichita State University and was teammates with Khris on the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team Carolina Celtics.[1] Two other teammates on the Carolina Celtics accepted Division I basketball scholarships, Jamal Curry (Radford) and Devin Booker (Clemson).[2]

Middleton attended Porter-Gaud School and played basketball for the Cyclones under coach John Pearson. As a sophomore, he averaged 12 points and eight rebounds per game.[3] In his junior season, Middleton posted averages of 21 points and 8.6 rebounds per game and was named state player of the year. He repeated as player of the year as a senior, scoring 22.4 points per game and grabbing 8.6 rebounds per game in leading Porter-Gaud to the state title game.[2] Middleton was named Most Valuable Player of the Porter-Gaud Holiday Classic, scoring 22 points in the championship.[4] He was nominated for the 2009 McDonald's All-American Boys Game, but was not selected to participate.[5]

ESPN ranked him the 64th best prospect in the Class of 2009, and noted he was the best shooter at his position. Middleton was recruited by Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Michigan, and Saint Joseph's.[2] He chose Texas A&M, and signed with the Aggies on May 30, 2008. He liked the college town atmosphere, and got along well with the coaching staff.[6]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Khris Middleton
Charleston, South Carolina Porter-Gaud School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 217 lb (98 kg) May 30, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 30 (SF)   Rivals: 29 (SF)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]


Coming into his freshman year, Middleton expected to fill the three point shooting void of departed senior Josh Carter. Middleton's college career started slowly, connecting on 1-of-12 field goals in limited action of his first three games.[7] After a season-ending leg injury to Derrick Roland on December 11, 2009, Middleton was forced to take a larger role in the offense and started 18 of the last 20 games. On February 3, 2010, he scored 16 points to help Texas A&M erase an 11-point second half deficit to defeat Missouri 77-74.[8] In a 69-53 NCAA Tournament Round of 64 victory over Utah State, Middleton scored a season-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting.[9] Texas A&M's season ended with a loss in the Round of 32 to Purdue; the Aggies finished with a record of 24-10.[10] Overall Khris Middleton averaged 7.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game and led the team in scoring five times.[2]


As a sophomore, Middleton led the team and finished ninth in the Big 12 in scoring at 14.3 points per game while also contributing 5.2 rebounds per game. He hit 45 percent of his shots from the floor and 78.4 percent of his free throws. Middleton scored in excess of 10 points in 27 games and led the team in scoring 16 times.[2] He scored a career-high 31 points in a 71-62 overtime victory over Arkansas, including 11 of the team's las 12 points in regulation. This earned him Big 12 Player of the Week and Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week honors for the week of December 13–19, 2010.[11] On January 15, 2011, Middleton tallied 28 points, including 11 in overtime, to defeat Missouri 91-89.[12]

Middleton-led Texas A&M went 24-9 and lost in the NCAA Tournament Round of 64 to Florida State 57-50, in a contest in which Middleton contributed 16 points.[13] He was selected to the All-Big 12 Second Team at the conclusion of the regular season.[14] The U.S. Basketball Writers Association named Middleton to the 10-man All-District VII team covering college basketball players in the states of Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana.[15] He was recognized as an All-Eighth District second-team selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches making him eligible for the State Farm Division I All‐America teams.[16] Since the Big 12 Conference was its own district, this is equivalent to being named second team All-Big 12 by the NABC.[17]


Prior to Middleton's junior season, head coach Mark Turgeon left to take the same position at the University of Maryland and was replaced by Billy Kennedy of Murray State. Middleton was impressed with Kennedy's coaching acumen and chose to remain an Aggie.[18] He was listed on the preseason watchlist for the Wooden Award.[19] Middleton was a unanimous choice to the preseason All-Big 12 team.[20]

College statistics[edit]

2009–10 Texas A&M Aggies 34 22 20.9 .416 .324 .750 3.7 1.1 .9 .3 7.2
2010–11 Texas A&M Aggies 33 33 29.6 .450 .361 .784 5.2 2.8 1.2 .1 14.3
2011–12 Texas A&M Aggies 20 17 28.8 .415 .260 .750 5.0 2.3 1.0 .3 13.2
Career 87 72 26.0 .431 .321 .768 4.6 2.0 1.0 .2 11.3

Professional career[edit]

Middleton was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 39th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. On August 15, 2012, he signed his first professional contract with the Pistons.[21] On December 12, 2012, he was assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.[22] On December 19, 2012, he was recalled by the Pistons.[23]

On July 31, 2013, Middleton was traded, along with Brandon Knight and Viacheslav Kravtsov, to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Brandon Jennings.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


Regular season[edit]

2012–13 Detroit 27 0 17.6 .440 .311 .844 1.9 1.0 .6 .1 6.1
2013–14 Milwaukee 82 64 30.0 .440 .414 .861 3.8 2.1 1.0 .2 12.1
Career 109 64 26.9 .440 .400 .858 3.3 1.8 .9 .2 10.6

NBA D-League[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2012–13 Fort Wayne 3 3 26.3 .340 .143 .000 7.7 3.0 .7 .3 11.0
Career 3 3 26.3 .340 .143 .000 7.7 3.0 .7 .3 11.0


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  2. ^ a b c d e "#22 Khris Middleton". Texas A&M Aggies. Texas A&M University. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ Bowman, Philip (December 6, 2007). "Successful spring rockets Khris Middleton up recruiting rankings". The Post and Courier (Evening Post Publishing Company). Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ Bowman, Philip (December 23, 2008). "Middleton Powers Cyclones To Victory". The Post and Courier (Evening Post Publishing Company). Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  5. ^ Bowman, Philip (February 19, 2009). "Jennings picked for McDonald's All-American game". The Post and Courier (Evening Post Publishing Company). Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Porter-Gaud's Middleton commits to Texas A&M". The Post and Courier (Evening Post Publishing Company). May 30, 2008. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  7. ^ Zwerneman, Brent (February 13, 2010). "Freshman Middleton in middle of action for A&M men". Houston Chronicle (Hearst Corporation). Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  8. ^ Walentik, Steve (January 15, 2011). "A&M's Middleton no longer a surprise". Columbia Daily Tribune. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Middleton helps Texas A&M snag fifth straight opening round win". ESPN (ESPN Internet Ventures). Associated Press. March 19, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Kramer takes over to lead Purdue to sixth Sweet 16 in 12 appearances". ESPN (ESPN Internet Ventures). Associated Press. March 21, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Texas A&M's Middleton is Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week". U.S. Basketball Writers Association. December 21, 2010. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Khris Middleton tallies 11 points in OT as Aggies take out Tigers". ESPN (ESPN Internet Ventures). Associated Press. January 15, 2011. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Florida State picks up first tournament win since 1998". ESPN (ESPN Internet Ventures). Associated Press. March 18, 2011. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  14. ^ "2011 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Awards Announced". Big 12 Conference. March 6, 2011. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  15. ^ "USBWA Names 2010–11 Men's All-District Teams". U.S. Basketball Writers Association. March 10, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  16. ^ "National Association of Basketball Coaches Announces 2011 Division I All-District Teams" (PDF). National Association of Basketball Coaches. March 9, 2011. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  17. ^ "2008–09 NABC Division I Men's Basketball District Realignment". National Association of Basketball Coaches. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  18. ^ Burch, Jimmy (July 7, 2011). "New Texas A&M's new basketball coach will install faster pace". Fort Worth Star-Telegram (The McClatchy Company). Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Scouting the Wooden Award watch list". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. October 3, 2011. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Preseason All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Honors Announced". Big 12 Conference. October 6, 2011. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  21. ^ Detroit Pistons Sign Second Round Draft Selection Khris Middleton
  22. ^ "Detroit Pistons Assign Khris Middleton And Kim English To Fort Wayne Mad Ants". December 12, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Detroit Pistons Recall Khris Middleton and Kim English from Fort Wayne Mad Ants". December 19, 2012. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Bucks Acquire Knight, Middleton and Kravtsov from Pistons". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 31, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 

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