Explosive scorer who has established himself as one of the Atlantic 10's top sixth men in his one and one-half seasons on the Bluff ... has come off the bench to be the Dukes' third-leading scorer in each of the last two seasons ... made his first 10 career starts last year and could see more time as a starter in 2005-06 ... enters his senior year ranked second on DU's all-time 3-point shooting percentage list at 39.5 percent (88-of-223) ... has scored in double digits 23 times in 50 games as a Duke ... Pittsburgh native who transferred back home from Cleveland State in December of 2002 ... became eligible in December of 2003.
As a Junior (2004-05)
Played in 27 of a possible 30 games with 10 starts ... averaged 9.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 22.4 minutes per game ... hit a team-high 47 3-pointers (35.3%) ... started the first six games of season before assuming the sixth man role ... started four more times after missing the first three Atlantic 10 games with pneumonia ... the bout with pneumonia ended a personal consecutive games played streak at 36 ... totaled a season-high 20 points (4-of-7 from 3-point) in 23 minutes vs. Rhode Island in his second game back ... he then scored 11 of the Dukes' first 12 points (15 overall) in returning to the starting lineup for the first time since late November vs. St. Bonaventure on Jan. 23 ... added 19 points (6-of-13 from 3-point) in 18 minutes off the bench vs. Temple on Feb. 16 ... scored in double-digits 13 times, with nine of the outings coming in DU's 15 games away from home ... totaled 17 at Pitt and 18 at Ohio ... shot 37.8 percent from the 3-point arc (37-of-98) over his last 18 games, after opening the season 10-of-35 ... saw a streak of 14 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer snapped with an 0-of-1 performance on Jan. 27 vs. Richmond, and did not hit a "3" in his last four games (0-of-11) ... Higgins, who finished with 16 assists in 23 games as a sophomore, handed out a career-high nine - all in 14 second-half minutes - at Boston College on Dec. 22 ... to put the outburst in perspective, consider his next-highest assist game was four (at Richmond on Feb. 1), and his assist total for the season was 45.
As a Sophomore (2003-04)
Played in 23 of a possible 23 games after gaining eligibility in mid-December ... averaged 18.3 minutes per game off the bench ... finished third on the team in scoring at 9.7 ppg. in establishing himself as one of the Atlantic 10's most dangerous sixth men ... was second in the Atlantic 10 to Saint Joseph's Pat Carroll with a 45.6 percent success rate (41-of-90) from the 3-point arc ... came off the bench to score in double digits 10 times with high games of 24 (in 19 minutes) vs. UMass and 20 (in 26 minutes) at Rhode Island ... Duquesne was 8-2 when Higgins scored 10 or more ... hit four or more 3-pointers in a game four times, including 6-of-7 vs. Massachusetts in mid-January ... went 14-of-29 from the arc in his last six games (48.3%) ... had some impressive scoring spurts including 14 points in 10 second-half minutes vs. Cornell; 17 in the second half - including 14 consecutive DU points in a 3:54 span - at Rhode Island; three 3-pointers in a 3:53 span of the second half at St. Bonaventure and 14 in 11 second-half minutes vs. Massachusetts at the A-10 Tournament (DU won all four games).
As a Freshman at Cleveland State (2002-03)
Played in each of the Vikings' first five games before deciding to transfer ... averaged 3.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 7.2 minutes per game ... scored a season-high five points in 13 first-half minutes vs. IPFW in the second game of the BCA Invitational ... opened the season with four points and four rebounds in four minutes of action vs. Florida Atlantic ... scored two points, grabbed one rebound and added an assist and a steal in nine minutes of action at Duquesne ... scored 12 points in 14 minutes on 6-of-9 shooting in CSU's exhibition win over Reality Basketball.
As a Freshman at Cleveland State (2001-02)
Took a medical redshirt.
Schenley High School in Pittsburgh (head coach Fred Skrocki) ... averaged 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals as a senior in leading 29-3 Schenley to its first PIAA Class AAAA state championship game since 1978 ... was named both Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review City League Player of the Year ... was a member of the P-G's Fabulous 5 and the Trib's Terrific 10 ... was named fifth-team Big School All-State by The Associated Press ... was ranked among the Top 100 in his class by the Blue Chip scouting report ... shot 55 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free throw line as a senior ... scored a season-high 29 points including the game-winning 3-pointer in Schenley's PIAA Western Region final 83-77 overtime win over George Jr. Republic ... was a three-year letterman and two-year captain ... team MVP as a junior and senior ... was also a member of Schenley's City League champion track team ... participated in the high jump and long jump ... tied for first in the City League high jump at a height of 6'0".
Has an older brother, three older sisters and two younger sisters ... communication studies major ... full name is Jack D. Higgins ... date of birth: 4/11/83.