Shawn James Career Recap
Chose to forego his senior season to pursue professional opportunities ... played at Northeastern University in 2004-05 & 2005-06 before transferring and playing for the Dukes in 2007-08 ... practiced with the team while sitting out the 2007 season per NCAA transfer guidelines ... needed four games to break the DU (and Atlantic 10) record for blocked shots in a game (12 at Oakland on Nov. 20, 2007), 15 to shatter the school mark for rejections in a season (finished with 111) and 20 to post the first triple-double in Dukes history (17-11-10 vs. Saint Joseph's on Feb. 6, 2008) ... the previous season record of 60 blocks was set by Derrick Alston in 28 games in both 1991-92 & 1992-93 ... the previous A-10 individual record of 11 blocks in a game was set by Rutgers' Roy Hinson in 1982-83 and tied by UMass' Stephane Lasme three times in 2006-07 ... the old Duquesne record of seven was set by Derrick Alston vs. Saint Joseph's Jan. 5, 1991 ... blocked 10 or more shots in a game 10 times in his career ... posted 20 double-doubles (including five triple-doubles), 11 20-point scoring games and 18 double-digit rebounding games... James' five career triple-doubles were one shy of the NCAA career record set by Drexel's Michael Anderson (1985-88) and tied by LSU's Shaquille O'Neal (1990-92) .... with his five rejections against George Washington on Jan. 26, 2008 James became the 18th player in NCAA Division I history to reach 400 for his career ... his 443 blocked shots in 83 career games ranked seventh on the all-time NCAA Division I list ... only one other three-year player (Colgate's Adonal Foyle with 492 in 87 games ending in 1997) blocked more shots than James ... was named Defensive Player of the Year in two different conferences (2005 America East & 2006 Colonial) ... earned a spot on the 2008 Atlantic 10 Defensive Team.
As a Junior at Duquesne (2007-08)
Averaged a team-high 12.6 points and 6.9 rebounds & blocked a school record 111 shots in an average of 23.8 minutes/g. ... played in 28 of 30 games with 15 starts ... shot .548 from the field, .333 from the 3-point arc and .750 from the foul line ...led team in scoring a seven times (tied for team high with Reggie Jackson) and in rebounding a team-best 15 times ... blocked a school and Atlantic 10 record 12 shots in DU's 92-77 win at Oakland on Nov. 20 ... broke the previous school mark of seven set by Derrick Alston vs. Saint Joseph's in 1991 with 7:53 left in the first half ... posted the 12 blocks in 22 total minutes ... led the team with 20 double-digit scoring games and five double-doubles ... topped the 20-point mark four times with 20 vs. nationally-ranked Pitt, 20 vs. South Carolina Upstate, 20 at Fordham & 21 vs. George Washington ... also had a team-best five double-digit rebound games ... had double-doubles vs. Winston-Salem State (19-12), vs. Niagara (13-10), at Drake (16-11), at Fordham (20-10) and vs. Saint Joseph's (17-11-10) ... posted the double-double at Fordham before bruising the underside of his left kneecap and suffering a mild medial collateral ligament sprain in the same knee during practice on Monday, Jan. 21 ... had an MRI done the day before the St. Bonaventure game which showed no further damage ... came back (was in street clothes for the SBU game) to post a season-high 21 points, seven rebounds and five blocks in 23 minutes vs. George Washington ... posted the first triple-double in school history with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks vs. Saint Joseph's on Feb. 6 ... he secured the triple-double with a block of a Darrin Govens shot with 1:21 left ... James had rejected Garrett Williamson in the same flurry at the 1:25 mark ... was 7-of-10 from the field with five dunks (four in the second half) in that game ... injured his right shoulder when he was fouled while going up for a dunk with 10:20 left at Charlotte and did not return ... did not play at Temple on Mar. 5 ... made his return with two points and two rebounds in six minutes in the regular-season finale vs. Saint Louis ... was named to the 10-man 2008 NABC Division I All-District 3 team.
As a Sophomore at Northeastern (2005-06)
Averaged 12.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and an NCAA record 6.53 blocked shots per game in helping Northeastern to a 19-11 record ... his 196 blocked shots, in addition to being the second highest single-season total in NCAA history, were more than 316 of 326 NCAA Division I teams ... was named Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year ... also earned a spot on the CAA All-Defensive team ... named CAA All-Conference third team and was a member of the CAA All-Tournament team ... posted 10 double-doubles including his third and fourth career triple-doubles (17-14-11 vs. James Madison & 26-10-10 vs. VCU) ... fell just shy of a triple-double on seven other occasions (12-9-9 at Central Connecticut, 14-8-10 vs. Cal State Northridge, 12-9-9 at Old Dominion, 12-9-10 vs. Hofstra 13-11-8 vs. William & Mary, 15-8-10 at Delaware and 24-9-9 vs. James Madison in the first round of the CAA Tournament) ... scored in double digits 20 times with a career high of 26 in his triple-double performance vs. VCU ... totaled 10 or more rebounds in a game eight times with a high of 15 at Georgia State ... blocked 10 or more shots in a game five times with a career high-tying 11 vs. James Madison ... scored 20 or more points a game four times with 26 vs. VCU, 24 vs. James Madison in the CAA Tournament, 23 at Towson and 22 at California ... shot .453 (24-of-53) from the 3-point arc ... scored 36 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked 16 shots to earn All-Tournament honors in the two-game Golden Bear Classic hosted by California Nov. 25-26 ... his 10 blocks in the tournament-opening win over Cal State Northridge enabled him to pass Northeastern legend Reggie Lewis for first placed on the NU career blocked shot list ... James accomplished the feat in just 29 games (Lewis blocked 155 shots in 122 career games) ... recorded his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds versus eventual Final Four participant George Mason on Jan. 2 ... also blocked six shots versus the Patriots as he eclipsed the 200-block mark for his career ... helped the Huskies to a 63-60 victory over Drexel on Jan. 14 by hitting a 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining to give NU a one-point lead ... after playing just seven minutes in the first half, James played a solid second half at George Mason (Jan. 19), finishing with 14 points and seven blocks ... turned in a career performance against VCU on Feb. 4 with career highs in points (26) and minutes (37) en route to his third career triple-double (10 blocks, 10 rebounds) ... was named CAA Co-Player of the Week for his efforts over W&M and VCU ... notched his second triple-double in two weeks with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 11 blocks in 77-55 victory over James Madison on Feb. 15 ... also moved into second on the CAA single-season blocks list behind Navy's David Robinson (207 in 1985-86) ... set CAA Tournament record with nine blocked shots against James Madison on March 3 ... broke the CAA Tournament record over three games with 20 blocked shots to earn All-Tournament honors.
As a Freshman at Northeastern (2004-05)
Named America East Rookie and Defensive Player of the Year ... also earned a spot on the All-Conference third team ... ranked first in the America East and second in the nation in blocked shots with 5.4 per game ... his 136 blocks were a school single-season record and rank second on America East's single-season list ... was the conference's second-leading rebounder at 7.6 rpg. ... finished the season with a .633 field goal percentage, ranking him first all-time among Huskies in a single season ... earned CollegeInsider.com Freshman All-America honors ... had a remarkable collegiate debut, with 18 points, eight rebounds and a then school-record seven blocks against Harvard ... named America East Co-Rookie of the Week for that effort ... scored 20 points versus Holy Cross ... became the first Husky to record a triple-double, with 17 points, 12 boards and a school-record 11 rejections, in NU's 76-61 win over Iona ... the 11 blocks tied the second most in America East history ... earned America East Co-Rookie of the Week honors Jan. 3 ... scored 14 points and swatted six shots, including his 68th to break NU's single-season record, in 69-59 victory over Binghamton ... named America East Rookie of the Week on Jan. 31 ... scored a career-high 23 points and had 14 rebounds in an 86-66 win over Hartford ... went 8-for-8 from the floor against the Retrievers, tying him for the second-best shooting performance in school history ... earned America East Rookie of the Week honors Feb. 14 ... registered 10 blocks in an 82-51 win over Maine ... scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in Northeastern's 63-48 victory over Boston U. ... named America East Co-Rookie of the Week on Feb. 21 ... posted second triple-double in school history with 15 points, a career-high 17 rebounds and 11 blocks in a 70-63 win over Albany ... the 11 rejections tied his own school record ... recognized as America East Co-Rookie of the Week on Feb. 28, the sixth time he earned at least a share of the award ... posted 21 points, eight rebounds and five blocks in Northeastern's 86-73 win over No. 6 Maine in the America East semifinals ... had 12 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks in a 90-65 loss to Memphis in the first round of the NIT.
Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. (head coach Bill Barton) and High School of Redirection in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... played organized basketball for two years, one at the High School of Redirection (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and one for Bill Barton at Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, Mass.) ... was teammates with former high school phenom and current Minnesota Timberwolves guard Sebastian Telfair in the New York League's IS8 Tournament, in which James averaged 18 points, 17 rebounds and 16 blocks ... Redirection won the alternative league title in his one year there ... helped Notre Dame to a No. 3 national ranking among fifth-year prep schools ... ranked No. 70 on Hoop Scoop's list of the top 100 fifth-year players in the country.
Has five brothers and three sisters ... enjoys playing with his sister Teceeta and niece Ebony ... his youngest brother, Delroy, is a 6-7 sophomore forward at Rhode Island ... older brother, Gordon, was a standout player at Division II Bridgeport where he led that program to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in over a decade ... Gordon, who at 6-6 was NCAA Division II's second-leading rebounder in 2002-03, currently plays professionally in Japan ... another brother, Lex, finished his career at Saint Francis, N.Y. in 2005-06 ... was one of five players injured in a campus shooting on Sept. 17, 2006 ... suffered a gunshot wound to his left foot where a bullet lodged in soft tissue ... was treated and released at Pittsburgh's Mercy Hospital ... had the bullet removed in surgery on Nov. 10 and returned to practice in December ... was born in Guyana and moved to the United States at age seven ... full name is Shawn James ... made the honor roll at Notre Dame Prep ... communication studies major ... date of birth: 9/10/83.