1 Jonathan DePina
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Part of an all-Boston backcourt which includes Shannon Crooks and Monty Mack…joins Mack and Winston Smith as tri-captains…experienced player who should strengthen UMass guard rotation…was one of three players on the roster a year ago to record more assists (78) than turnovers (56)…lightning quick player who can break down defenses…has the ability to score and distribute the basketball…also a stingy man-to-man defender…hit a team-high 44.4 percent from three-point range as a junior, the fifth-best single-season performance in school history…high school teammate of senior guard Monty Mack…the duo teamed up to lead South Boston High to state titles during the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons…born June 23, 1978 in Boston, Mass.…son of Carlos and Jesella DePina…BDIC major, with emphasis in education and mentoring in minority youth.
As a Junior in 1999-2000
Played in 33 games, and drew 13 starts…averaged 3.4 points and 2.0 rebounds per game…was second on the squad in assists with 78 and fifth in steals (31)…hit a team-high 44.4 percent from three-point range both for the season and vs. Atlantic 10 opponents…his three-point percentage ranked as the fifth-best single-season effort in school history…ranked 11th in the Atlantic 10 Conference in assist to turnover ratio (1.39)…tied his season-high with 11 points at St. Bonaventure, hitting on three of seven treys, while also recording four rebounds and three assists…had seven points, three assists and three rebounds at Fordham, while playing a career-high 40 minutes…hit both of his three-point attempts at Xavier…tied his career-high with nine assists against Rhode Island, to go along with seven points and six rebounds…tallied eight points, three assists and three steals at St. Joseph’s, while hitting on two of three treys…handed out nine assists against American-Puerto Rico, to go along with seven points and three rebounds…hit a career-best three for three from three-point range and finished with 10 points against No. 7 Connecticut…tallied 11 points in season opener against Iona.
As a Sophomore in 1998-99
Averaged 1.8 points, 0.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game…connected on 33.3 percent of his three-point field goal attempts (six of 15)…had season-highs of nine points and six rebounds against Niagara, while also recording a career-high three steals and handing out three assists…scored seven points and dished out three assists at Texas…had a season-high five assists in the Boston College game…totaled four points, three rebounds and two assists against Detroit…in his second career start, he equalled his career-best with three steals while adding four points and three assists in 25 minutes against Xavier in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
As a Freshman in 1997-98
Appeared in all 32 games as the top back-up at point guard…averaged 3.3 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game…ranked third on the team in assists…held St. Joseph’s Rashid Bey to six of 16 shooting and two of 10 from three-point range in A-10 opener…limited George Washington guard Shawnta Rogers to 10 points on three of 14 shooting in regular season meeting…held Rhode Island’s Tyson Wheeler to a season-low eight points on three of 10 shooting in first regular season meeting, while posting 10 points and five assists without a single turnover…recorded seven assists with just two turnovers in 24 minutes at Duquesne…had three double-figure scoring games…scored a career-high 15 points while playing a then-career-best 31 minutes vs. Cincinnati…had 10 points while shooting a perfect five of five from the floor at Fordham…scored four points and had a career-high eight assists at No. 3 Kansas …pulled down a season-high eight rebounds vs. UNC Charlotte…had five points and six assists vs. Boston College…dished out seven assists at Duquesne…scored nine points vs. No. 6 Purdue in the Great Alaska Shootout.
Played for coach Bill Loughnane at South Boston High School…led his team to an 18-5 record during his senior campaign…averaged 26.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game during his senior year, including a 48-point outburst in a win over Bishop Fenwick…a two-time Boston Herald Dream Team and two-time Boston Globe Super Team selection…finished his high school career with more than 1,800 points…preseason Street & Smith’s high honorable mention All-American in 1996-97…a four-time All-City league performer…started all 90 games during his four seasons at South Boston.