DU Alum Mike James On NBA Roster
October 11, 2001
Former Duquesne basketball standout Mike James (1995-98) has landed on an NBA roster. James suited up on Wednesday, October 10, 2001, for the Miami Heat in their first preseason game of the season. James was signed to a free-agent contract during the summer.
James, who is 10th on Duquesne's all-time scoring list, is the first former Duke since Derrick Alston to play in the NBA. Since he graduated from DU, James has been playing basketball in Europe. He began his professional career with St. Polten in Austria during the 1998-99 campaign.
James, a 6'2", 190-pound point guard, spent the last two seasons in France. He spent the 2000-01 season with Sluc Nancy of the French Pro A League where he averaged 15.0 points, 5.1 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.97 steals and 34.3 minutes. He finished the season ranked 11th in the league in steals, 12th in assists, 22nd in minutes and 30th in points per game. In postseason play he appeared in three games and averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 assists, 6.7 rebounds, 1.00 steals and 34.7 minutes. His 7.3 postseason assist average was tops in the league.
James appeared in 28 games for Chalons of the French League during the 1999-2000 season and averaged 17.1 points, 4.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds.
During his career with the Dukes, James averaged 12.7 points, 3.1 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 28.1 minutes in 111 games (84 starts). He finished his career ranked third in steals (201), fifth in assists (348) and 10th in points (1,411) on the Dukes' all-time list.
The 1998 graduate led the Dukes in both assists and steals in each of his final three seasons. He scored in double figures 68 times during his career and topped the team in scoring on 34 occasions.
James earned First Team All Atlantic 10 honors as a senior after averaging a career-high 17.5 points. He scored in double figures in 27 of 30 games his senior season, including a stretch of 21 consecutive games. At the conclusion of his senior year James was also invited to participate in the NCAA Slam Dunk Competition at the Final Four in San Antonio.
As a sophomore he earned Third Team All Atlantic 10 Conference honors after averaging 14.2 points and 3.9 assists and finishing among the league leaders in steals (third), assists (seventh), field goal percentage (eighth), free throw percentage (ninth) and scoring (12th).
He played 21 minutes in Wednesday night's game against the Orlando Magic, scoring three points, dishing out three assists against just one turnover, and pulling down four rebounds.