Talented guard who transferred to Duquesne from Gonzaga in August 2001 ... quickly established himself as one of the top 3-point shooters in the Atlantic 10 last season ... finished 17th nationally with a 42.9 percent success rate from the arc ... his 3-point shooting percentage was the second best single-season mark in school history ... enters this season as the nation's No. 9 returning 3-point percentage shooter ... team leader who was the only player to start all 30 games last season ... became the first Duke since Bill Zopf (1969 & 1970) to earn a spot on the Verizon Academic All-District 2 Basketball Team ... completed his undergraduate degree in psychology in the spring with a 3.84 GPA ... was also named Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference ... will be taking graduate courses in counseling this season.
As a Junior (2002-03)
Finished second on the team in scoring at 10.4 ppg. and assists with 67 ... led the team in 3-pointers made (76) attempted (177) and percentage (42.9%) as well as steals with 34 ... was the only Duquesne player to start all 30 games ... reached the 20-point mark four times with 23 vs. La Salle, 21 vs. George Washington and 20 at both George Mason and at Dayton (all in the second half) ... his career scoring high entering the season was 13 set at Boise State during his sophomore season at Gonzaga ... hit five 3-pointers in a game six times: (5-10 vs. Cleveland State, 6-8 at George Mason, 6-8 at Dayton, 5-11 vs. St. Bonaventure, 7-13 vs. La Salle and 5-8 vs. George Washington) ... his seven 3-pointers vs. La Salle were the most by a DU player since Tom Pipkins hit 7-of-12 from long range vs. St. Bonaventure on Mar. 1, 1997 (a span of 167 games) ... his 42.9 shooting percentage from 3-point land in 2003 ranked second on DU's all-time single-season list behind Courtney Wallace, who converted 44.1% of his 3-point attempts in 2000-01 ... hit all six of his "3s" in the second half at Dayton ... his 20 second-half points vs. the Flyers keyed a 20-point DU comeback ... scored 15 of those points in a 5:34 span as the Dukes rallied from a 52-32 deficit to take a 72-71 lead with a minute left ... shot 34.8 percent (8-of-23) from the experimental 20'6" 3-point arc in three games at San Juan ... 177 of his 245 field goal attempts (72.2%) came from beyond the 3-point arc ... shot 45.6 percent (41-90) from the arc in A-10 play ... his put-back of his own miss with 2.5 seconds left in regulation forced overtime in DU's 71-68 win over Florida International in the championship game of the FIU New Year's Classic ... the victory secured DU's first in-season tournament title since 1978.
As a Junior at Duquesne (2001-02)
Practiced with the team while sitting out the season following his transfer from Gonzaga.
As a Sophomore at Gonzaga (2000-01)
Played in 50 of a possible 68 games as a freshman and sophomore at Gonzaga where he averaged 1.7 points, shot 35.7 percent from the field and had a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio ... 50 of his 84 field goal attempts came from beyond the 3-point arc ... Gonzaga went 52-16 in Tricco's two seasons ... was part of Zags' teams that made back-to-back NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances (26-9 in 2000 and 26-7 in 2001) ... practiced regularly against first team All-West Coast Conference guards Matt Santangelo (2000), Richie Frahm (2000) and Dan Dickau (2001) ... came off the bench in 21 of 23 games as a sophomore ... logged double-digit minutes eight times ... started against Washington and at Montana ... came off the bench to score a career high 13 points (3-of-6 from the arc) in 18 minutes at Boise State ... saw limited action in NCAA Tournament games vs. Indiana State and Michigan State.
As a Freshman at Gonzaga (1999-00)
Played in 27 of 35 games as a true freshman ... saw his playing time steadily increase as the season progressed ... logged double-digit minutes six times including four times in the Zags' last nine games ... played a season-high 19 minutes in back-to-back games at Portland and vs. Loyola Marymount in late January, early February ... scored a total of 19 points in the two games, including a season-high 11 vs. LMU on 4-of-5 shooting (3-of-3 from the arc) ... handed out a season-high four assists at Portland ... saw limited action in NCAA Tournament games vs. Louisville and St. John's.
Brophy College Prep in Phoenix, Ariz. (head coach Mark Granger) ... averaged 12.5 points and 5.5 assists per game as a senior for a 30-5 State 5A quarterfinalist ... helped Brophy to the Desert Valley League title and a spot in the Class 5A Regional as a senior ... played one season with his brother and current Duquesne teammate, Ryan, who was a sophomore on the 30-5 squad ... hit five 3-pointers in the first quarter of a game against Horizon ... was a first team all-league pick ... averaged 12.0 points per game as a junior ... was invited to the Arizona High School Top 100 Tournament in the summer of `99 where his team went undefeated.
Was born in Sewickley, Pa., and lived in Moon Township for eight years before moving to Phoenix ... Sewickley and Moon are both suburbs located west of downtown Pittsburgh ... still has relatives in the Pittsburgh area ... his sister, Erica, was a four-year volleyball letterman at outside hitter for the University of Mississippi from 2000-03 ... earned a spot on the 2001-02 and 2002-03 Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll ... has also been named to the DU Director of Athletics Honor Roll ... completed undergraduate work on his psychology degree in the spring ... is currently taking graduate classes in the school of education in marriage and family therapy ... full name is James Elliott Tricco ... date of birth: 10/10/80.
CAREER STATS FOR JIMMY TRICCO
YEAR G/GS MIN/AVG FG-AT PCT 3M-AT PCT FT-AT PCT REB A TO BK S PTS-AVG
2000* 27/0 176/6.5 18-45 .400 9-26 .346 4-11 .364 21-0.8 14 5 0 3 49-1.8
2001* 23/2 170/7.4 12-39 .308 5-24 .208 5-7 .714 17-0.7 13 4 3 3 34-1.5
2003 30/30 873/29.1 107-245 .437 76-177 .429 23-36 .639 101-3.4 67 62 9 34 313-10.4
At DU 30/30 873/29.1 107-245 .437 76-177 .429 23-36 .639 101-3.4 67 62 9 34 313-10.4
Total 80/32 1,219/15.2 137-329 .416 90-227 .396 32-54 .593 139-1.7 94 71 12 40 396-4.9
* - at Gonzaga University
CAREER HIGHS FOR JIMMY TRICCO
Points 23, La Salle (Jr.)
Rebounds 7, two times (Jr.)
Assists 6, two times (Jr.)
Blocks 2, two times
Steals 3, three times (Jr.)
Minutes 41, Md.-Eastern Shore (Jr.)
THE JIMMY TRICCO FILE
Nickname (if any): JT Money; Threeco What would be the movie's title? "On and Off the Court"
The three words that best describe me are: Loving, focused, determined
Who would you choose to play the starring role in a movie about your life?: Edward Norton
If I was picking a starting five for my Dream Team, I'd choose: Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain
Other than basketball, the sport I'd like to try is: Hockey
If you were forced to give up all your possessions but one, what would you keep?: The cross I wear around my neck
My favorite basketball player of all time is: Larry Bird
My first impression of Coach Nee was: He is a passionate person about basketball and life
The player on this team who will surprise this year is: Ryan Tricco
The player on this team most likely to become a coach is: Tyler Bluemling
The teammate that makes me laugh hardest is: Adam Souply
The best video game player on the team is: Adam Souply
The one thing that makes Duquesne unique is: The location in Pittsburgh/The Bluff
The thing I like most about Pittsburgh is: The tradition and pride in the city
My favorite spot on campus is: The Grotto
If I could change one thing about the game of basketball I would: Make the game 3-on-3 halfcourt
The biggest misconception about being a student-athlete is: We don't work hard in class
When I played basketball as a kid, I pretended I was: Larry Bird
Before every basketball game I: Say a prayer during the National Anthem
One person (living or dead) I'd love to meet is: Jesus Christ
I wear jersey #44 because: I used to be #22 and now I'm at least twice as good as I used to be
My favorite pre-game meal is: Chicken and pasta (that's all we ever eat)
If I had to cook all my own meals, I'd probably survive on: Eggs, bacon and toast
If I could be a super hero, I'd be: Superman
The websites I visit most often are: espn.com and cnn.com
My favorite sports movie (other than "Hoosiers") is: "Caddyshack"
The best gift I ever received was: A journal
My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be: Hitting the game-winning shot at the buzzer in the NCAA Tournament championship game
The best advice I was ever given was: "What would you do if you were never afraid?"
After my DU career is over, I'd like to be remembered as: A sincere person who played the game of basketball with passion