34 Raheim Lamb
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One of three returning starters and arguably the team's best defender, Raheim Lamb was named to Eastern Basketball's 2001-2002 Atlantic 10 All-Defensive team, and hopes to contribute more on offense in his junior campaign ... UMass' third-leading returning scorer behind Anthony Anderson (10.0 ppg) and Micah Brand (9.3 ppg) ... One of two Bay State preps on the 2002-2003 Massachusetts roster, Lamb played with his back to the basket throughout his high school career, but has made a successful transition to the perimeter for the Minutemen ... Sat out the 2000-2001 season as a partial qualifier, but can earn that season back by completing his degree requirements by the end of his senior season ... "I thought he's another guy, who if you evaluate the season, it was very positive," Massachusetts coach Steve Lappas said. "He became our stopper defensively. Raheim was able to guard all different positions. He's a tenacious defender, able to defend anyone from a Lynn Greer (former Temple guard) to big guys. That'a dimension we really need, and he'll continue to provide that."
As a Sophomore in 2001-2002
Appeared in 29 games, with 16 starts en route to a spot on Eastern Basketball's Atlantic 10 All-Defensive unit ... Contributed 5.7 points and 3.4 rebounds in 19.7 minutes per game overall, but averaged 6.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in 20.7 minutes against A-10 foes ... Tallied career-high 18 points in a career-long 33-minute stint against St. Bonaventure in Amherst ... Recorded five double-figure scoring efforts on the season ... In addition to his double-digit effort against the Bonnies in the Mullins Center, he had 12 points at Boston College, and 10 points in games at Marshall, at Richmond and against George Washington in Amherst ... Scored six or more points 14 times on the year, and grabbed five or more rebounds 11 times ... His block as time expired perserved UMass' upset win at St. Bonaventure ... Ranked third on the team in field goal percentage (.438) and fourth in free throw percentage (.750, tied with Jameel Pugh and Kyle Wilson), as well as steals (18, tied with Micah Brand and Kyle Wilson) ... Averaged 5.2 points in UMass wins, 6.1 in its losses ... Played 20 or more minutes on 15 occasions ... Made first collegiate start against Connecticut, and responded with four points and five rebounds in 21 minutes of work ... Dished out a career-high five assists at St. Joseph's, and grabbed a career-best eight rebounds at Rhode Island ... Had seven multiple-steal efforts ... Nearly half (48) of his 99 rebounds came off the offensive glass ... Led team in steals seven times, blocks three times, rebounding twice, and scoring and assists once each ... Earned the Jack Leaman Award as UMass' top defensive player ... Averaged 3.3 points and 1.3 rebounds on UMass' 2001 summer tour of Greece.
Widely-regarded as one of the nation's top 150 players as a high school senior ... Played for coach Barry Robinson at Boston (Mass.) English High School ... Led the Bulldogs to back-to-back city titles in 1999 and 2000 and the 2000 Eastern Massachusetts crown with a 23-3 record ... Captained team as a junior and senior ... Three-time All-Conference pick ... Named to the Boston Herald Dream Team in both 1999 and 2000 ... Three-time member of Boston Globe All-Scholastic squad ... Four-time player in Boston City All-Star Game ... Averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots as a junior, and 18.6 points, 10.5 rebounds in senior campaign ... Tallied 1,783 points in four-year, 89-game career ... Played AAU basketball for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club, the same program that produced former Minutemen Monty Mack, Shannon Crooks and Jonathan DePina ... Signed with UMass in the 1999 early-signing period after considering Connecticut, Miami (Fla.), Temple and Kentucky.
Full name is Raheim Ladon Lamb ... Born Dec. 16, 1980, in Boston, he'll celebrate his 22nd birthday two days after UMass hosts Florida International ... Son of Kewlow Lamb ... Has a brother and two sisters ... Legal studies major.