June 23, 2007

MU’s James pulls name out of talented draft class

Category: Golden Eagles — Patrick Stumpf @ 1:27 am

Dominic James, a standpoint guard as a freshman, averaging just under 15 points a game, went relatively “unnoticed” last year with the Golden Eagles, despite the fact that his stats improved in almost every worthwhile category. I think that is a huge testament to head coach Tom Crean and his recruiting staff, as they have been able to bring in high quality players ever since the departure of Dwayne Wade and the moving to the bigger Big East conference. James, who was highly considering entering the draft, decided to pull his name out of the draft hat and return to Marquette for at least one more season. Marquette’s “Big Three” as some people may refer to it, of course consists of the three standout guards James, Jerel McNeal, and Wesley Matthews. With the changing of the guards after Wade, Steve Novak, and Travis Diener left, the new three have been key to the team’s success, scoring a whopping 40 points a game between them. But it was also a freshman who stepped up big last year toward the end of the regular season, Lazar Hayward, that really allowed MU’s offense to click. James has definitely made the right decision in coming back, because he really didn’t “wow” anyone with his play on the court or statistics. With James returning, MU should be considered a favorite in 2007-2008 to challenge for the Conference championship, and with the departure of Georgetown’s Jeff Green, MU stands alot better chance to compete for the title. Dominic, I applaud you for your decision, it was the right one. You can be a lottery pick in two years, assuming you stay in school. All I can say is look out ESPN Insiders, because MU could be on the war path in 2007-2008.

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