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HEADER DOMINIC JAMES Point Guard Marquette University Golden Eagles #1 5:11.5-173 Richmond, Indiana Richmond High School
OVERVIEW A classic case that big things come in small packages, James is blessed with incredible quickness and athleticism, compensating for his short stature on the court. He generates outstanding hang time when gliding to the rim and uses his long wingspan to alter his opponent's shots on a consistent basis. He was a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard. Few players at his position put forth such a good effort on both ends of the court.
Named to the 2005 Indiana Boys All-State first-team during his senior year at Richmond High School, James finished second to Greg Oden (Ohio State) for 2005 Indiana Mr. Basketball honors. He added Indiana Basketball News Player of the Year honors and was the state's leading scorer in 2005 averaging 31.1 points. He also averaged 7.1 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 3.9 steals, each of which ranked him among the top two in Indiana's North Central Conference.
James led Richmond to the sectional final and an 18-4 record, the school's best in 12 years. He scored 49 points in a game during his senior season to break the school's 97-year-old single-game scoring record. He was rated No. 31 by Hoopmasters.com following his senior season and averaged 11.6 points and 4.4 assists as a member of the silver medal winning 2004 USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival North Team. As a junior, he averaged 22.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game.
During his freshman year at Marquette, James was named 2005-06 Big East Conference Rookie of the Year. He was a unanimous Big East All-Rookie Team selection and was named All-Big East honorable mention. He earned Collegehoops.net first-team All-Rookie honors and was one of three Marquette players to start in every game that season. He was a six-time Big East Rookie of the Week honoree.
James scored a freshman season scoring record 473 points, topping Doc Rivers' 1980-81 mark of 434 points that stood for 25 seasons. He ranked second on the team with 15.3 points per game average, which was the best average of any freshman in the conference. He was second on the team with fellow freshman Jerel McNeal in rebounds per game with 4.5. He made 43.1 percent of his attempts from the field in the regular season, a number that put him above all freshmen in the Big East and 13th among all conference players.
James dished 167 assists, ranking him third overall in the conference and it was the top mark among league freshman. Nationally, he ranked 29th in the nation in assists, the fourth-highest freshman total. He ranked second on the school freshman season assists list with 167, topped only by Tony Miller (1991-92, 221).
Accolades continued to pour in for James during the 2006-07 campaign. He was named an Associated Press All-American honorable mention and selected to the All-Big East Conference first-team. He was named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 and was chosen All-American by ESPN.com. He was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award and Naismith Award and named to the NABC Division I All-District first-team, in addition to picking up USBWA All-District honors.
As a sophomore, James scored 506 points on 171 of 445 field goals (38.4 percent), including 50 of 184 three-pointers (27.2 percent) and 114 of 175 free throws (65.1 percent), as he averaged 14.9 points per game. He managed to grab 104 rebounds (3.1 rpg) and dish out 167 assists (4.9 apg). He blocked five shots, had 64 steals and 72 fouls, but also turned the ball over 89 times.
In 2006-07, James was an All-American honorable mention selection by the Associated Press, becoming the 11th student-athlete all time for Marquette to be recognized as an AP All-American. He led the team to a 44-21 record and into two NCAA Tournaments during his two years at Marquette. He amassed 979 points, averaging 15.1 points and 32.9 minutes of playing time per game. He made 40.6 percent of his field-goal attempts (345 of 849) and 28.4 percent of his three-point shots (91 of 320).
James also shot 64.7 percent from the line (198 of 306) and 44 of his 244 rebounds came off the offensive boards. He accounted for 334 assists in 65 games, an average of 5.3 per game. He blocked 17 shots and had 114 steals, but was called for 146 personal fouls and had 176 turnovers (3.8 tpg).
As a senior, James played in 29 games, but suffered a left foot fracture vs. Connecticut in late February that, outside 17 "garbage" minutes vs. Missouri in the NCAA Tournament, would sideline him for the rest of the year (six games). He improved his field-goal accuracy from the previous season (42.4 percent from 39.8 percent), but his perimeter scoring touch continued to go downhill, as he made just 28.4 percent of his three-point attempts. He averaged 11.0 points per game while handing out 144 assists to go with 62 steals.
2008-09 SEASON Claimed MU's "Create For Others" Award and Dwyane Wade Legacy of Leadership Award, as he was also a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard...Started the team's first 28 games before suffering a left foot fracture vs. Connecticut that would sideline him for six of the team's final seven contests...Scored 318 points (11.0 ppg), as he hit on 122 of 288 field goals (42.4 percent), 33 of 116 three-pointers (28.4 percent) and 41 of 89 free throws (46.1 percent)...Handed out 144 assists (5.0 apg) and had 62 steals (2.1 spg)... Blocked nine shots and pulled down 99 rebounds (3.4 rpg)...Charged with 54 turnovers, and 56 personal fouls...Scored in double figures 17 times.
2007-08 SEASON One of 16 finalists for Bob Cousy Award...All-Big East Conference second-team pick, adding NABC All-District XI and USBWA All-District V first-team honors...Claimed the team's Most Assists Award...Ranked among the league leaders in scoring (22nd, 12.9 ppg), assists (8th, 4.40 apg), steals (5th, 1.77 spg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (6th, 2.05)...Started 34 of 35 games...Totaled 452 points on 159 of 399 field goals (39.8 percent), 45 of 145 three-pointers (31.0 percent) and 89 of 134 free throws (66.4 percent)...Scored in double figures 25 times, including five 20-point efforts...Registered 154 assists, 62 steals, 99 rebounds and eight blocked shots...Totaled 75 turnovers and 76 personal fouls.
2006-07 SEASON Named an Associated Press honorable mention All-American and All-Big East Conference first-team...Bob Cousy Award and Naismith Award finalist...NABC Division I All-District and USBWA All-District first-team choice...Received Big East Weekly Honor Roll (11/27) and league Player of the Week honors (1/15 and 1/22)...Collected a career-high 506 points (14.9 ppg) on 38.4 percent shooting from the field (171 of 445), 27.2 percent from three-point range (50 of 184) and 65.1 percent from the line (114 of 175)...Totaled 104 rebounds (3.1 rpg), five blocked shots and 64 steals (tied for 12th on the school single-season record list)...Paced the Golden Eagles with 167 assists (4.9 apg)...Posted 25 double-figure scoring performances that included seven 20-plus point contests...Charged with 72 personal fouls and 89 turnovers.
2005-06 SEASON Named the Big East Conference Rookie of the Year, adding All-Big East honorable mention along with receiving league Rookie of the Week accolades six times...One of three Marquette players to start in every game, as he scored a freshman season scoring record 473 points, topping Doc Rivers' mark that stood for 25 seasons...Was second on the team with 15.3 points per game, 13th in the Big East and the best freshman scorer in the league...Second on the team with fellow freshman Jerel McNeal in rebounds per game with 4.5 (140 total)...Made 43.1 percent of his attempts from the field (174 of 404), 30.1 percent from three-point territory (41 of 136) and 64.1 percent from the line (84 of 131)...Ranked third in the conference and 29th in the nation with 167 assists (5.4 apg)...Added 12 blocked shots with 50 steals (1.6 spg)...Tallied 87 turnovers and 74 personal fouls with a pair of game disqualifications.
CAREER NOTES Ranks second in school history with 129 games played, one shy of teammate Jerel McNeal (130, 2005-09)...Third in school annals with 1,749 points scored (13.6 ppg), ranking behind McNeal (1,985) and George Thompson (1,773 points, 1966-69)...Ranks sixth in Marquette annals with 626 field goals made (1,536 attempts, 40.8 percent)...His 169 successful three-point field goals is good for ninth in Marquette annals (581 attempts, 29.1 percent)...Shot 62.0 percent from the foul line (328 of 529)...Pulled down 436 rebounds (3.4 rpg) and blocked 34 shots (0.3 bpg)...Ranks fourth in school annals with 238 steals, topped by McNeal (287), Michael Wilson (272, 1978-82) and Mandy Johnson (253, 1981-85)...His 632 assists rank second in school annals behind Tony Miller (956, 1991-95).
HIGH SCHOOL Attended Richmond (Ind.) High School, finishing second to Greg Oden (Ohio State) in voting for 2005 Indiana Mr. Basketball honors....Earned Indiana Boys All-State first-team honors during his senior year, adding Indiana Basketball News Player of the Year accolades...Was the state's leading scorer in 2005 averaging 31.1 points...Also averaged 7.1 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 3.9 steals, each of which ranked him among the top two in Indiana's North Central Conference...Led Richmond to the sectional final and a 18-4 record, the school's best in 12 years...Scored 49 points in a game during his senior season to break the school's 97-year old single-game scoring record...Rated No. 31 by Hoopmasters.com following his senior season...As a junior, he averaged 22.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game.
INJURY REPORT 2008-09 Season: Sat out the Louisville, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, St. John's, Villanova and Utah State games after he suffered a left foot fracture vs. Connecticut (2/25).
OTHER TOURNAMENTS/TEAMS SUMMER LEAGUE: Averaged 11.6 points and 4.4 assists as a member of the silver medal winning 2004 USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival North Team.
PERSONAL Graduated in May 2009 with a degree in Public Relations...Son of Angela James and Greg Wright...Brother, Germayne, played college basketball at Lakeland College in Wisconsin... Born 10/05/86...Resides in Richmond, Indiana.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Classic high flyer who compensates for a lack of size and bulk with superb quickness and the ability to glide through the air to the basket...Even though he barely touches 6-feet, he is a crowd pleaser with his one-handed dunks...Shows a sudden burst to the ball and his slashing agility to the basket lets him get past defenders in an instant... Good passer who shows good determination going to the rim...Shows the court vision and pinpoint accuracy to fire the pass out without his man having to break stride...Scrappy player with the low center of gravity and long arms that he keeps active to disrupt and alter the opponent's shot...Penetrates the key well and is in such good sync with his teammates, he will generally feed the ball off with no-look passes...Like a spider the way that he crawls up on a shooter, keeping himself firmly in front of his man while reaching out to generate the steal...More of a lock-down type of defender who likes to mirror his opponent rather than allow cushion...Shifty court manager who can execute the quick pass on the pick-and-roll...When playing off the ball, he is very disruptive when playing the press, doing a nice job of using his body to clog the passing lanes...Best when breaking his man down off the dribble...Can simply fool an opponent out of his sneakers when he executes his hesitation moves...Has precise stop-and-go action to pull up and sink the jumper...Has a dangerous crossover move and is very effective at changing direction and getting the ball off with either hand...Despite his size, he is a capable rebounder who gets very good elevation attacking the glass.
Negatives: Has great court vision and mentality, but is under 6-feet tall and he will need to improve his mid-range shooting skills in order not to absorb so much punishment at the next level...Plays the game with a power forward's mentality, but defenses find that if they lay off him and let him put the ball up along the perimeter, his accuracy will suffer (lacks long-range shooting skills, especially from the three-point range)...Draws lots of contact going to the basket, but with his poor free throw shooting, he negates a lot of opportunities to add points to the board...Will get into a shooting funk, but will continue to put the ball up rather than pass the ball out to an open outlet...When the opponent gets physical and clogs the paint, James will bounce outside, but will misfire often from behind the arc...Gets overconfident with his ability to shoot off the dribble and will drive right into double-team activity, only to have his shot impeded...Good ball-handler, but when he can't locate the open lane, he will keep the ball on the floor too long and get frustrated, as he loses focus, resulting in the turnover (will over-dribble at times).
Compares To: SEBASTIAN TELFAIR, Minnesota -- Many experts compared James to Chris Paul during his freshman year. It proved to be one of the most foolish assessments those scouts could make, as his game continued to regress in each of his next three seasons. He has seemed to have lost his scoring touch, especially from downtown. He is much more effective driving to the basket than putting the ball up from the perimeter, and in the NBA I just don't think he can go 15-20 minutes of hanging and gliding in the air all night. He is a poor free-throw shooter and even though he shows good range, he needs to have better shot selection, as more often than not he will simply fire the ball up with a man in his face. Boom or bust looms for James, but with his elevation and quickness, he can frustrate anyone until they start double-teaming him.