Walk-on point guard sat out last season as a developmental redshirt ... comes to Duquesne after an outstanding career in Philadelphia's Catholic League.
Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, Pa. (head coach Joe Sette) ... completed a rare hat trick by being named Philadelphia Catholic League Senior Player of the Year, PCL Northern Division MVP and winner of the PCL William Ferguson Scholar/Athlete of the Year award ... averaged 17.9 points per game as a senior for 13-13 Archbishop Wood ... finished his career with 1,304 points, just eight shy of tying the school record ... handed out nine assists in the final game of his high school career vs. Cardinal Dougherty rather than focusing on the school scoring mark ... scored nine of his 29 points in the fourth quarter of a 51-47 win at Archbishop Ryan ... finished the game with five 3-pointers ... finished second in the PCL North with an 18.6 ppg scoring average in 14 league games ... was named second team all-city and Catholic League MVP by the Philadelphia Daily News following his senior season ... ranked No. 40 among Philadelphia/South Jersey/Eastern Pennsylvania seniors by Hoop Scoop ... averaged 20.3 points, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 83 percent from the free throw line as a junior.
Ranked 21st in his senior class with a 3.9 GPA ... was a member of the National Honor Society ... spent time visiting local elementary schools to warn children of the dangers of drug use ... considered James Madison, William & Mary as well as Division III Gettysburg in addition to Duquesne ... earned a spot on the 2002-03 Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll ... has also been named to the DU Director of Athletics Honor Roll ... business major ... full name is Michael Thomas Spadafora ... date of birth: 2/22/84.
THE SPADAFORA FILE
Nickname (if any): Spads
The three words that best describe me are: Hardworking, kind, thoughtful
If I was picking a starting five for my Dream Team, I'd choose: Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Pete Maravich and Charles Barkley
Other than basketball, the sport I'd like to try is: Football
If you were forced to give up all your possessions but one, what would you keep?: My gold chain and crucifix
My favorite basketball player of all time is: Allen Iverson
My first impression of Coach Nee was: That he is a fair guy who knows the game very well
The player on this team who will surprise this year is: Jack Higgins
The player on this team most likely to become a coach is: Andrew Gans
The teammate that makes me laugh hardest is: Adam Souply
The best video game player on the team is: Tyler Bluemling
The one thing that makes Duquesne unique is: The diversity
The thing I like most about Pittsburgh is: There are so many places to go to have a good time
My favorite spot on campus is: My room
If I could change one thing about the game of basketball I would: Change nothing
The biggest misconception about being a student-athlete is: That we think we are better than everyone else
When I played basketball as a kid, I pretended I was: Michael Jordan
Before every basketball game I: Listen to music and relax
One person (living or dead) I'd love to meet is: Michael Jordan
I wear jersey #3 because: My high school number, 11, is retired by DU
My favorite pre-game meal is: Steak and mashed potatoes
If I had to cook all my own meals, I'd probably survive on: Steak and potatoes
If I could be a super hero, I'd be: Superman
The website I visit most often is: espn.com
My favorite sports movie (other than "Hoosiers") is: "Rudy"
The best advice I was ever given was: "Always have confidence in yourself, on and off the court"
Who gave you that advice: My parents
My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be: Hitting the game-winning shot to win the A-10 Tournament and advance to the NCAAs
After my DU career is over, I'd like to be remembered as: An overall good guy who respected everyone and in turn was respected by everyone