Career Highlights: Consensus National Player of the Year as a senior, earning The Associated Press, Wooden, Naismith, Rupp, Robertson and Chevrolet Player of the Year awards. Shared the NABC top player award with Connecticut’s Emeka Okafor. Chosen Player of the Year by The Sporting News, ESPN.com, SI.com and FoxSports.com. Unanimous Associated Press First Team All-America selection. Named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. Winner of the Francis Pomeroy Naismith Award, signifying top player in the country 6-feet and under. Finished as St. Joseph’s career leader in points (2,094), assists (713) and steals (256). Had his number retired by the school on April 23.
Senior (2003-04): Led St. Joe’s to a perfect regular season (27-0), a top ranking in the national polls for one week, the school’s first No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a school-best 30-2 record. Led the team in scoring (20.6 ppg), assists (5.3 apg) and steals (2.9 spg). Also averaged 4.7 rebounds. Totaled 98 points in four NCAA Tournament games as the Hawks advanced to the Elite Eight. Named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week a record eight times.
Junior (2002-03): Averaged 19.7 points (46th in nation), 5.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists (fourth in Atlanta 10). Single season point total of 591 was the fifth-best in school history. Tallied career-high 39 points in the second round of the A-10 Tournament vs. Dayton, the third-highest single-game scoring performance in A-10 Tournament history and tied for the sixth best in school history. Scored 34 points at Gonzaga.
Sophomore (2001-02): Averaged 6.3 assists (first in A-10, 16th in nation). Also led conference in free throw percentage and ranking second in scoring. Posted a season-high 29 points vs. La Salle. Recorded a 22-point, eight-rebound, eight-assist performance vs. Xavier. Delivered a 17-point, 12-assist game vs. Temple.
Freshman (2000-01): Led conference in assists (6.5 apg), ranking 12th nationally, while setting a single-season school record. Recorded season-highs in scoring and rebounding with 23 points and 11 boards vs. La Salle. Dished out season-high 12 assists at Xavier.
Strengths: Uses his quickness to find space to get off his shots. He is also a dependable decision-maker on the break and can take the ball to the basket. Always knows where his teammates are on the floor.
Personal: Majoring in sociology. Son of Linda Billings and Pete Nelson. Has a two-year-old son, Jameer Jr.