Transferred to Duquesne from Northeastern in July of 2006 ... practiced with the team while sitting out the season per NCAA transfer guidelines last season ... comes to the Bluff as one of the premier shot blockers in the college game ... set an NCAA record with 6.53 blocks per game in 2005-06 ... his 196 rejections were more than 316 of the 326 teams playing NCAA Division I basketball ... finished second in the nation in shots blocked as a freshman ... has shown he is more than just a shot-blocker as the holder of Northeastern's single-season field goal percentage record (.633 as a freshman) ... is a solid rebounder as well, with the potential to put up a triple-double on any given night ... his four career triple-doubles rank tied for fourth-most in NCAA history (the NCAA record is six) ... has been named Defensive Player of the Year in two different conferences (Colonial Athletic Association in 2006 and America East in 2005) ... shares a team-best 7-foot-4 3/4-inch wingspan fellow 6-10 forward/center Kieron Achara ... was listed as the 17th pick in FOXSports.com's 2008 NBA mock draft published in July.
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.
Prep/High School 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.
Personal 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 (12.6 prg.), 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.
CAREER STATS FOR SHAWN JAMES
Sat out 2006-07 season at Duquesne as a transfer
HIGH GAMES: Points - 26 vs. VCU (So.); Rebounds - 17 vs. Albany (Fr.); Assists - 5, two times (last vs. Hofstra, So.); Blocked Shots - 11, three times (last vs. James Madison, So.); Steals - 3, five times (last at Towson, So.); Minutes - 38 vs. George Mason (So.)