Sept. 8, 2003
Baltimore, Md. - With the arrival of Shane James, Loyola men's basketball coach Scott Hicks completes his recruiting class for 2003-04. James, who comes from Markham, Ont., joins Ken Burr, Jamaal Dixon and Michael Tuck as Loyola's Class of 2007.
"James is the final piece in this year's recruiting class," says Hicks. "He's a talented combination guard with great basketball experience as a young player."
James played for the Canadian National Junior Team last year, averaging 18 points, six rebounds and four assists for his squad. The 6-1 guard shot 48 percent from the field and 49 percent from three-point range at Markham High School, where he averaged 27 points and six assists per game.
"College is a major change from high school," says James. "I'm doing my best to adjust and hopefully we'll get some wins this winter."
A familiar face for James will be high school teammate Michael Tuck. At 6-7, 210 pounds, Tuck will try to make his presence felt in the MAAC. Both James and Tuck completed the 13th grade in Canada and come in with an additional year of basketball experience and maturity. Tuck played at Maine Central Institute last year and averaged 12 points per game.
The Greyhounds will also get help from freshmen shooting guard Ken Burr, who played for one of the largest school's in the state of South Carolina. Burr's team at Lexington High School won the state championship with significant contributions from the 6-4, 180-pound shooting guard.
"Ken [Burr] is extremely self-motivated," says Hicks. "He has great knowledge of basketball, he shoots well and is an excellent passer."
At the point, the 'Hounds bring in Jamaal Dixon, a 6-2, 170-pound guard out of Braintree, Mass. Dixon was a four-year starter at Thayer Academy, where he earned all-state honors twice and was named an honorable-mention All-America. He averaged 15 points and eight assists per game at Thayer.
"I'm looking forward to a good season," says Hicks. "We have some solid players returning and the addition of these four guys, plus the return of Sean Corrigan will only help."
Corrigan returns from a medical red-shirt season. The 6-11, 250-pound center will be a sophomore on the court. He played in the Empire State Games this past summer and led his team to a gold medal. Corrigan comes from Holy Trinity High School on Long Island and played in 14 games as a freshman in 2001-02.
Coach Hicks and Greyhounds open their season at Towson in the Battle of Baltimore. They face UMBC on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. For a complete 2003-04 season schedule, click here.