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Shawn James
SI Rank
1
Position: Class:
Sr
School: Conference: Ht., Wt.:
6'10, 225

BIOGRAPHY: James' career didn't take off as he expected it to after transferring from Northeastern following his sophomore season. He was one of five Duquesne players shot after an on-campus party during his redshirt 2006-07 season. After having surgery on his left foot, James returned to average 12.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots in a disappointing 2007-08 campaign. He had 111 total blocks - far fewer than his 2005-06 total of 196, second-most in NCAA history. Part of the decreased production was due to his difficulty adjusting to the more competitive and physical Atlantic 10 Conference. He was not as dominant inside as he was while winning two conference defensive player of the year awards at Northeastern. James was also unhappy with the rotation system Duquesne coach Ron Everhart used early in the season that required him to split time with senior Kieron Achara. James started a career-low 15 games and averaged a career-low 23.8 minutes last season, down from 29 starts and 27.7 minutes at Northeastern in 2005-06. Given James' lack of a physical presence last season, it seems unlikely he will be drafted any higher than late in the second round. However, NBA teams are more than willing to reach when it comes to big men, particularly ones that have demonstrated defensive ability like James did early in his college career. For that reason, the 24-year-old James has already signed with an agent, eliminating the possibilities of a return to college ball.

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