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34   James Life
James Life

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Fort Myers, Fla.

High School:
Mariner

Last College:
Manatee C.C.

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 190

Position:
G

Birthdate:
10/19/1983


FORD ON LIFE: "I think you will see a big improvement for James in his senior season. James is probably one of the best shooter on our basketball team. He has shown great improvement since his first year here at UMass. He's the guy who spends endless amount of time in the gym working on his shooting. He can not only catch and shoot, he can put it on the floor and shoot, come off screens and shoot. He really stepped it up defensively to be one of our top defenders last year. He has to continue his work on his defense but he is a player that is really committed to getting better."

  • Ford TV Show Featuring Life (Dec. 3, 2007)

    AS A SENIOR IN 2006-07
    • Sixth all-time at UMass in career 3-pointers made with 148, also sixth in career 3-point field goal attempts at 425.
    • Fifth-best single-season 3-pointers with 87 in UMass history. Sixth-most in 3-point attempts with 223.
    • Fourth on the team in scoring with 11.5 points per game making 43.5 percent of all shots (128-of-294).
    • Shooting a stellar 39.0 percent from 3-point range on 87-of-223, 12th in A-10.
    • Ranks sixth in the A-10 in 3-pointers made per game at 2.63. In A-10 games made 2.44 3FGs per game, 10th in league.
    • Scored in double-figures in 19-of-33 games this season.
    • One of the best defenders on the squad as he leads team in steals with 48, 1.45 per game (sixth in A-10).
    • Second game of the year with 20 points at NIT Second Round at West Virginia (3/15), making four 3-points; scoring 18 in second half.
    • Netted 12 points in NIT First Round win over Alabama (3/13), his third time in four games with 10 or more points.
    • Tallied 12 points, making four 3-pointers in A-10 First Round vs. Saint Louis (3/8).
    • On Senior Night, broke out of slump with 17 points including 11 in the first seven minutes vs. La Salle (2/28). Hit five 3-pointers.
    • Made go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:38 and make game-winning pair of free throws with 15 seconds left for only five points of the game against Saint Louis (2/24).
    • Has scored just 43 points in eight games (5.4) from Jan. 28-Feb. 24 with most coming against Richmond (2/3) at Dayton (2/18) with nine in each game.
    • Averaged 16.7 points in nine games with double-figures in each game from Dec. 22 through Jan. 24.
    • Hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points at Rhode Island (1/24).
    • Scored 10 points at Xavier (1/18), also had four rebounds and two steals.
    • Tallied 16 points, making 4-of-7 from 3-pointers against Temple (1/13). Also had four assists.
    •Netted 11 points making 3-of-6 from 3-point land, also had three steals for fifth time this year vs. George Wasington (1/10).
    •Fourth game in a row in double-figures with 16 points at La Salle (1/6), also three steals for fourth time this season.
    • Scored 14 points for third game in a row with double-figures against Miami (1/2).
    • Led UMass in scoring first the second game in a row with 16 points along with career-high tying three steals vs. Yale (12/28).
    • Tallied season-best 24 points at Kentucky (12/22), making UMass career-high tying six 3-pointers.
    • Had nine points on three three-pointers and had two assists vs. Central Connecticut State (12/9).
    • Scored eight points on a tough shooting night (3-for-10) against Boston College (12/2).
    • PLaying before friends and family from nearby Florida, tallied 13 points against Savannah State (11/28).
    • Scored 11 points, including 5-of-9 from the floor at Jacksonville State (11/25).
    • Cooled down with just four points vs. St. Francis, N.Y. (11/22), did not make a 3-pointer in win.
    • Had at least three three-pointers in first four games this year.
    • Registered season-best 19 points vs. Northeastern (11/19), giving him a 16.7 average at the Colonial Classic.
    • Netted 15 points for season game in a row at No. 4/5 Pitt (11/18), making 4-of-5 from 3-point land.
    •Tallied all 15 points on the first half vs. Oakland (11/17) making all six shots of the half, including three 3-pointers.
    • Scored 17 points in opener vs. Dartmouth (11/11) including five 3-pointers.

    2006-07 GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS
    Date	Opponent	G-GS	Min	FG-A	Pct	3FG-A	Pct	FT-A	Pct	O-D	Reb	PF	Ast	TO	Blk	Stl	Pts
    11/11	DARTMOUTH	1-1	28	5-8	.625	5-7	.714	2-2	1.000	1-1	2	2	3	2	0	0	17
    11/17	vs. Oakland	1-1	28	6-8	.750	3-4	.750	0-0	.000	0-1	1	0	0	0	0	0	15
    11/18	at No. 4/5 Pittsburgh	1-1	26	4-6	.667	4-5	.800	3-4	.750	0-0	0	2	1	2	0	0	15
    11/19	vs. Northeastern	1-1	32	7-11	.636	4-8	.500	1-1	1.000	1-1	2	2	1	2	0	1	19
    11/22	ST. FRANCIS (N.Y.)	1-1	28	1-5	.200	0-3	.000	2-2	1.000	1-3	4	1	2	1	0	3	4
    11/25	at Jacksonville State	1-1	22	5-9	.556	1-4	.250	0-0	.000	2-2	4	2	1	1	0	2	11
    11/28	at Savannah State	1-1	20	5-7	.714	2-4	.500	1-1	1.000	0-3	3	2	1	0	0	2	13
    12/2	BOSTON COLLEGE	1-1	28	3-10	.300	2-8	.250	0-0	.000	1-2	3	3	1	2	0	1	8
    12/6	at Boston Univ.	1-1	30	1-2	.500	1-2	.500	0-0	.000	1-4	5	5	3	1	1	0	3
    12/9	vs. Central Conn.	1-1	29	3-6	.500	3-6	.500	0-0	.000	0-1	1	3	2	1	0	2	9
    12/13	at Louisville	1-1	31	2-6	.333	1-4	.250	1-2	.500	0-2	2	2	2	2	1	3	6
    12/22	at Kentucky 	1-1	32	8-16	.500	6-13	.461	2-2	1.000	2-1	3	3	0	1	2	1	24
    12/28	YALE	1-1	33	6-11	.545	4-8	.500	0-0	.000	1-2	3	1	1	2	0	3	16
    1/2	MIAMI (Fla.)	1-1	33	5-14	.357	2-9	.222	2-2	1.000	1-3	4	3	1	1	0	2	14
    1/6	at La Salle*	1-1	32	4-14	.286	3-11	.272	5-6	.833	0-1	1	3	2	2	0	3	16
    1/10	GEO. WASHINGTON*	1-1	33	4-7	.571	3-6	.500	0-0	.000	0-2	2	3	2	3	0	3	11
    1/13	TEMPLE*	1-1	34	4-9	.444	4-7	.571	4-4	1.000	1-2	3	4	4	1	0	0	16
    1/18	at Xavier*	1-1	28	4-11	.364	2-7	.286	0-2	.000	1-3	4	3	2	3	1	2	10
    1/21	DUQUESNE*	1-1	29	8-19	.421	6-16	.375	2-2	1.000	2-2	4	4	1	4	0	1	24
    1/24	at Rhode Island*	1-1	32	6-12	.500	5-10	.500	2-2	1.000	1-2	3	4	0	2	0	1	19
    1/28	at Charlotte*	1-1	14	1-4	.250	1-3	.333	0-0	.000	0-1	1	0	1	2	0	0	3
    2/3	RICHMOND*	1-1	35	3-10	.300	1-8	.125	2-2	1.000	0-0	0	3	1	0	0	3	9
    2/8	RHODE ISLAND*	1-1	23	2-6	.333	1-5	.200	0-0	.000	0-3	3	3	3	0	0	0	5
    2/11	at Temple*	1-1	17	2-5	.400	2-3	.667	0-0	.000	1-0	1	2	0	1	0	2	6
    2/15	at Fordham*	1-1	26	2-8	.250	2-7	.286	0-0	.000	0-0	0	1	0	1	1	1	6
    2/18	at Dayton*	1-1	28	2-8	.250	1-6	.167	4-4	1.000	0-1	1	3	0	0	0	2	9
    2/21	ST. BONAVENTURE*	1-1	17	0-3	.000	0-3	.000	0-0	.000	0-0	0	2	2	1	0	2	0
    2/24	SAINT LOUIS*	1-1	32	1-7	.143	1-5	.200	2-2	1.000	1-0	1	1	1	0	1	0	5
    2/28	LA SALLE*	1-1	26	6-13	.462	5-12	.417	0-3	.000	1-4	5	3	1	1	0	3	17
    3/3	at Saint Joseph's*	1-1	24	2-6	.333	2-6	.333	0-0	.000	0-0	0	3	1	0	0	0	6
    3/8	vs. Saint Louis (A-10)	1-1	33	4-10	.400	4-8	.500	0-0	.000	0-2	2	3	1	0	0	2	12
    3/13	ALABAMA (NIT)	1-1	38	5-10	.500	2-6	.333	0-0	.000	2-0	2	3	2	3	0	1	12
    3/15	at West Virginia (NIT)	1-1	36	7-13	.538	4-9	.444	2-2	1.000	0-3	3	2	0	2	0	2	20
    

    AS A JUNIOR IN 2005-06
    Game-By-Game Statistics
    First season at UMass after two at community college ... Team's second-leading scorer at 11.3 points per game, made team-high 61 3-pointers'... Led team with 82.3 free throw percentage ... Over last 13 games averaged 15.1 points per game starting Jan. 25. Averaged 7.9 in first 15 games at UMass ... Scored in double-figures 14 times and more than 20 on four occasions ... Had a stretch of 10 starts after coming off the bench for the first 10 games. Off the bench for four games before starting final four ... Emerged as an outstanding defender as the season progressed forcing his opponents to attempt bad shots ... UMass' second-leading scorer in Atlantic 10 conference games with a 12.3 scoring average ... Ranked seventh in the A-10 in conference games in 3-pointers made per game (2.31). Made 2.18 per game overall (9th in A-10) ... Switched to No. 34 on Jan. 21 (Temple game) after wearing No. 5. No. 34 was his high school and junior college number ... Tallied 24 points in A-10 Tournament First Round loss to Xavier (3/8), tying season-best with six 3-pointers ... Averaged 17.4 points per game over seven games (Jan. 25-Feb. 15). Scored 19.0 over five games (Feb. 1-15). Led UMass in scoring in five of six games in that stretch ... After just 10 points in two games against St. Bonaventure (2/19) and Charlotte (2/22), played best game of season against Dayton (2/25). Tied season-high with 25 points, handed out career-high five assists, grabbed five rebounds and held Dayton's top scorer Brian Roberts (16.7 ppg) to just nine points ... Netted season high 25 points at No. 7/8 George Washington making 8-of-16 from the floor including three clutch 3-point field goals ... In his state homecoming at Florida State (2/12), came off bench for 14 points including back-to-back 3-pointers in second half ... Scored game-high 18 points, all in the second half and UMass' final 18 points of the loss to La Salle (2/8). Had a stretch of 12 points in 2:05 midway through the second half ... 19 points for the second game in a row vs. Rhode Island (2/4) along with career-high tying six rebounds. Hit a clutch jumper late ... Tallied 19 points, all in second half at Temple (2/1), taking season-high 19 shots, making seven ... Led UMass in scoring for third time in the season with 14 points at La Salle (1/29), making 4-of-9 from the 3-point arc ... Netted 13, including 11 points in the final 5:55 at Rhode Island (1/25), hitting three 3-FGs in furious comeback which fell short ... Tallied eight points and career-high six rebounds vs. Fordham (1/18) and held top scorer Jermaine Anderson (16.0 ppg) to nine points ... In second start, scored 11 points hitting three treys in 18 minutes against St. Joseph's (1/11) ... Made first career start in Division I at Duquesne (1/7) and tallied 11 points, making three 3-pointers ... Scored in double-figures for second game in a row with 12 vs. Siena (12/23), making 4-of-11 from the floor, also had three steals ... Broke out vs. Boston University (12/12) with 20 points on six 3-pointers which matched his season total entering the game ... Led six players in double-figures with 18 points vs. Savannah State (11/28/05), breaking out of slump, making three 3-pointers ... In UMass debut, had eight points nailing two 3-pointers vs. Hartford (11/18).

    AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2004-05 (AT MANATEE C.C.): 2005 Second-Team National Junior College All-American (NJCAA) at Manatee Community College in Bradenton, Fla. ... One of the most decorated junior college players in the nation as he was third in the nation in scoring 25.4 points per game ... Was honored as the Florida Community College Athletic Association (FCCAA) Player of the Year, NJCAA Region VIII Player of the Year, Florida State Player of the Year and Suncoast Conference Player of the Year ... Was also a member of the FCCAA All-State First Team and the NJCAA All-Region VIII Team ... Had a tremendous two-year career for Manatee CC setting 12 school records ... Stands as the school's all-time scoring leader (1,341) as well as holding career marks in scoring average (22.5), three-point field goals (179), free throws made (286) ... In 2004-05, he played in 30 games, scoring a school-record 762 points ... That mark was also the most of any junior college player in the nation ... Made 91 three-point field goals, also a school-record and third-most of any player in the country ... Also averaged 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for the Lancers ... Shot 77.3 percent from the free-throw line (183-of-237). The 183 made free throws also set a Manatee single-season record ... Scored a school-record and career-high 55 points against Pasco-Hernando CC on Feb. 9, as he hit 10-of-14 three-point field goals in the game which he shot 20-of-32 overall from the floor ... Manatee went 15-15 under Coach Brac Brady ... Played in the Men's All-Star Classic at Chipola College following the regular season.

    AS A FRESHMAN IN 2003-04 (AT MANATEE C.C.): Led the Lancers in scoring, averaging 19.6 points per game ... Shot 55.2 from the floor (110-of-199) and 75.2 percent from the foul line (103-of-137) ... Also averaged 4.3 rebounds per game for a team which went 18-12.

    BEFORE COLLEGE: At Mariner High School, Life played for the late Frank Morris, who passed away during Life's freshman season at Manatee CC, and was a great inspiration to Life in his career. As a junior, he scored 31 points per game

    PERSONAL: James Jimmy Life ... Born on Oct. 19, 1983 ... Son of Myrna Flores ... Majoring in Sociology...Shoe size 14.

    LIFE'S CAREER STATISTICS (at UMass)
    Year	GP	GS	Min	Avg	FG	FGA	Pct	3FG	FGA	Pct	FT	FTA	Pct	Off	Def	Tot	Avg	PF	FO	Ast	TO	Blk	Stl	Pts	Avg
    2005-06	28	14	681	24.3	102	288	.354	61	202	.302	51	62	.823	18	45	63	2.3	60	0	31	49	5	27	316	11.3
    2006-07	33	33	937	28.4	128	294	.435	87	223	.390	37	45	.822	22	51	73	2.2	81	1	43	44	7	48	380	11.5
    TOTAL	61	47	1618	26.5	230	582	.395	148	425	.348	88	107	.822	40	96	136	2.2	141	1	74	93	12	75	696	11.4
    

    Life's Career Highs Category # Opponent, Date Points 55 Pasco-Hernando CC, 2/9/05 - JC 25 at George Washington, 2/15/06 25 Dayton, 2/25/06 Field Goals 20 Pasco-Hernando CC, 2/9/05 - JC 9 Dayton, 2/25/06 Field Goals Att. 32 Pasco-Hernando CC, 2/9/05 - JC 19 at Temple, 2/1/06 19 Dayton, 2/25/06 19 vs. Xavier, 3/8/06 19 Duquesne, 1/21/07 3-Point FG 10 Pasco-Hernando CC, 2/9/05 - JC 6 Boston University, 12/12/05 6 vs. Xavier, 3/8/06 6 at Kentucky, 12/22/06 6 Duquesne, 1/21/07 3-Point FG Att. 14 Pasco-Hernando CC, 2/9/05 - JC 16 Duquesne, 1/21/07 Free Throws 6 La Salle, 2/8/06 6 at George Washington, 2/15/06 Free Throw Att. 6 La Salle, 2/8/06 6 at George Washington, 2/15/06 Rebounds 6 Fordham, 1/18/06 6 Rhode Island, 2/4/06 Assists 5 Dayton, 2/25/06 Blocks 2 La Salle, 2/8/06 2 at Kentucky, 12/22/06 Steals 3 Six Times (last G. Wash, 1/10/07) Minutes 38 Alabama, 3/13/07

    Life's Miscellaneous Stats Catergory 06-07 Car. Last Time... Double-Figure Scoring 19 34 at W. Virginia, 3/15/07 25-plus points 0 2 Dayton, 2/25/06 20-plus points 2 6 at W. Virginia, 3/15/07 5-plus 3FGs 5 8 La Salle, 2/28/07 5-plus rebounds 2 5 La Salle, 2/28/07 5-plus assists 0 1 Dayton, 2/25/06

    CAREER HONORS

    2005 Second-Team National Junior College All-American
    2005 FCCAA Player of the Year
    2005 NJCAA Region VII Player of the Year
    2005 Florida State Player of the Year
    2005 Suncoast Conference Player of the Year
    2005 FCCAA All-State First Team
    2005 NJCAA All-Region VIII Team

    A FEW MINUTES WITH J-LIFE
    Major: Sociology, Because I'm Very Social
    Favorite Musical Artist: That Guy James Life
    Best Concert I Ever Attended: Neil Diamond
    Favorite TV Show: Flavor Flav
    Favorite Sports Movie: Rudy
    Best Sporting Event I Hope To Attend: 2007 NCAA Final Four as a Player
    Favorite Web Site: Hotwire.com for airplane tickets
    Favorite Sports Broadcaster: Dick Vitale
    Hobbies: Working on My '84 Caprice Classic
    Person I'd Like to Have Dinner With: Momma
    My Biggest Fear: Failure
    Favorite Pro Sports Team: Miami Heat
    Place I'd Like to Visit: The podium at the NBA Draft Day 2007
    Best Part About Living in Amherst: The Mullins Center
    Best Moment at UMass: 25-5-5 and No Turnovers Against Dayton on Jack Leaman Court Dedication Day
    My First Memory of Basketball: First Grade, playing on the outdoor courts in P.E.
    I Wear My Jersey Number Because: It's the Number I Got My Rep In High School and Junior College
    Who Had the Greatest Impact on My Life: My Moms/High School Coach
    Pre-game Rituals: Shower, Cut Hair, Scream, Pray, Think, Check Game Ball
    Best Advice From a Coach: "Do As He Says"
    Most People Don't Know This But: I'm Very Open Hearted
    My Best Non-Athletic Talent: Rapping
    The Person I Would Choose to be Stranded on a Deserted Island With: My Girl

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