Versatile wing has played in 85 career games. Started the last 22 games as a sophomore for the injured Jeremiah Jones, before resuming his role off the bench in 2017.
As a Junior (2016-17) • Played in 27 games off the bench. Averaged 2.3 points and 2.2 rebounds in 9.3 minutes per game. • Saw a streak of 48 consecutive games played snapped on Jan. 4 vs. VCU due to an ankle injury. Missed the next two games before making his return vs. Dayton on Jan. 14. • Came off the bench to score seven points and grab nine rebounds in 19 minutes vs. Rhode Island. • Hit a career high-tying three 3-pointers in scoring all of his season-high 11 points in the second half at Dayton.
As a Sophomore (2015-16) • Was one of four who played in all 34 games. • Closed the season with 22 consecutive starts. • Averaged 9.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in 25.6 minutes per game. Shot 47.4 percent from the field and led the team with 34 steals. • Scored in double digits 16 times after posting four double-digit games as a freshman. • Posted a career-high 21 points and four steals vs. Pitt in early December. • Came off the bench in DU’s first 12 games before making his first career start on Dec. 29 at Georgia Tech. Responded by posting his first career double-double (11-11) against the Yellowjackets. • Added double-doubles at Davidson (11-12) and vs. La Salle (11-15). The 15 boards vs. the Explorers were a career high. • Tied Darius Lewis and L.G. Gill for most double-digit rebound games with four. • Either led or tied for the team lead in rebounding eight times. • Averaged 9.6 points and 6.8 rebounds and scored in double-digits nine times in conference play. • Doubled his scoring and rebounding averages from his freshman to sophomore season (4.6 to 9.1 ppg. and 2.4 to 5.2 rpg.). Also improved his shooting from .407 to .474. • Reached double digits in six of DU’s final 10 games.
As a Freshman (2014-15) • Played in 24 games, all off the bench, in averaging 4.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. • Scored in double digits four times, all of which came in the Dukes’ first seven games. • Scored a season-high 17 points in a season-best 26 minutes at Robert Morris. • Had 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting along with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in the season-opening win over Bluefield State. • Scored 12 points (5-of-8 from the line) at Abilene Christian. • Added 11 points and five rebounds in 19 minutes vs. Howard. • Saw action in 13 of 18 Atlantic 10 games. • Hit three 3-pointers in five attempts (nine points) and added six rebounds at Dayton. • Played in the first 19 games, before seeing action in five of the last 12.
High School • Westerville Central High School in Westerville, Ohio (head coach Donovan Barrett). • Averaged 18.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as a senior for 19-6 Westerville Central. • Helped the Warhawks to their first Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division title in six years with a 13-1 record. • Scored 30 points - including 22 in the second half - and added five rebounds and four steals in a 79-69 win over Delaware Hayes in the District playoff semifinal. • Followed that with a game-high 24 points in season-ending loss to top-seeded Northland in the District championship game. • Honorable mention Associated Press Division I All-Ohio. • Named Third Team All-Metro by the Columbus Dispatch. • Also named All-Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division Player of the Year. • Played for the Ohio Capital Conference in the District 10 All-Star Game in April of 2014. Finished with 17 points, six rebounds and a number of highlight reel dunks. • Averaged 16.8 ppg. in earning first team All-OCC and third team all-district as a junior.
Personal • Named a 3-star recruit by Scout.com. • Was cited as the No. 3 small forward in Ohio by Triple Double Prospects. • Received offers from a number of Mid-American Conference schools including Ohio, Toledo, Kent State and Western Michigan. • Played AAU ball for All-Ohio Red. • Full name is Eric Michael James. Marketing major. Date of birth: 6/2/96.
High Games Entering 2017-18 Points - 21 vs. Pitt (So.) Rebounds - 15 vs. La Salle (So.) Assists - 5 vs. St. Bonaventure (So.) Steals - 4 vs. Pitt (So.) Blocks - 2 vs. vs. Robert Morris & vs. La Salle (So.) 3-Pointers - 3 (three times), at Dayton (Jr.) last Minutes - 40 vs. Massachusetts (So.)
Superlatives Double-Digit Scoring Games - 21 (4 Fr./16 So./1 Jr.) 20-Point Games - 1 (0 Fr./1 So./0 Jr.) 10-Rebound Games - 4 (0 Fr./4 So./0 Jr.) Double-Doubles - 3 (0 Fr./3 So./0 Jr.) 5 or More 3-Pointers - 0