* Competes; high-energy motor
* Puts the ball on the floor
* Good rebounder
* Solid defender
* Stat-sheet stuffer
* Jump shot is inconsistent, especially from three
* Can be turnover prone
James' handiwork at the Portsmouth Invitational may have convinced some NBA teams that he's worthy of a closer look.
James was a second-team All-Atlantic 10 pick after leading Rhode Island in scoring, rebounding steals and blocked shots. He finished the season as the only player in the country to average at least 17.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocked shots.
17.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 3.3 tpg, 1.5 spg, 1.1 bpg, 34.1 mpg, .437 FG, .252 3PT, .737 FT
James put together the first triple-double in Rhode Island history in mid March against Miami (Ohio) in the College Basketball Invitational: 22 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists.
Reminds me of:
A poor man's Stacey Augmon
What Insiders Say:
Rhode Island assistant coach Pat Clarke
"He was an incredibly tough matchup. He was big enough to take smaller guys near the rim and score over the top of them, yet he was quick enough and has a terrific crossover and could take bigger guys away from the rim and use his speed and quickness and dribbling ability to get past them."
What Outsiders Say:
Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon
"The main thing is that no matter what the score is, this guy is going to be shooting the ball deep and keep on playing. He's a good player. He plays with a lot of energy and enthusiasm."
Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.