It was announced on Jan. 31 that junior guard Maurice Maxwell (Philadelphia, Pa.) is no longer enrolled at the University of Massachusetts, therefore he is no longer a member of the UMass men's basketball program.
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Maxwell started the first 10 games of the 2005-06 season and averaged 6.5 points. Over his career at UMass, Maxwell played in 67 games, starting 54. He scored 9.2 points per game and grabbed 3.3 rebounds while shooting 40.3 from the floor.
FORD ON MAXWELL: "Maurice is a leader of this basketball team. Maurice is an under rated offensive player but I think his strength is defense. I think that is what he really has to concentrate on to become one of the best defenders in the Atlantic 10. He plays with a lot of maturity which I like. He'll play a lot on the weak positions, but he could also find himself playing a little bit at the point guard spot because he can handle the ball and he makes good decisions. One thing I like about Maurice is that when you watch him as a player he doesn't make a lot of mistakes, he usually tries to play within himself. I think Maurice could be one of the better players in the Atlantic 10."
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2004-05: Played in all 28 games, starting 25 ... Averaged 11.4 points per game, second on team ... Led team in assists with 103 (3.7 apg), also had 106 rebounds (3.8 rpg) ... Seventh in the A-10 in assists and third in steals (1.82 per game) ... Steals total of 51 ranked tied for eighth-best single-season in UMass history with Anton Brown ... Since returning to the starting line-up for the final 17 games averaged 12.5 points, 4.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds ... Scored in double-figures in 12 of last 17 games and 11 of the last 15 ... Netted 12 points, had six assists, four rebounds and three steals vs. Duquesne (3/5), playing point guard as Chris Chadwick was ill ... Tallied 10 points at Dayton (3/1), including a dunk with nine seconds left to give UMass 52-51 lead before they lost with 3.5 seconds left ... Despite off-shooting night vs. Rhode Island (2/23), piled up seven assists, four rebounds and two steals along with eight points ... Finally had a good game in his hometown of Philadelphia with team-high 17 points, four rebounds and three steals in OT win at LaSalle (2/19). Had UMass' first four-point play of the year as he scored 11 points in the first 7:46 of the game ... Led team with 19 points (7-15 FG), six steals, five rebounds, and three assists vs. Florida State (2/15) ... Led team with 14 points, four assists and three rebounds in win at Rhode Island (2/9) ... Scored 10 points, handed out six assists and had three steals and three rebounds vs. St. Bonaventure (2/5) ... Netted 18 in second straight game with all-around performance vs. Richmond (1/29) with five rebounds, four assists and four steals ... Scored 18 points, dished six assists and pulled down five rebounds vs. St. Bonaventure (1/26) ... Third game in a row with double-figures came vs. Saint Joseph's (1/22), pouring in 14 points along with four rebounds ... Double-figures in back-to-back games for second time this year with 10 vs. Fordham (1/19) ... Scored a career-high 20 points along with five rebounds and five assists at George Washington (1/15), shooting 7-of-12 from the floor. Tied the game at 74-74 with a three-pointer with 51 seconds, setting the stage for Rashaun Freeman's last-second winning shot ... Fell one rebound shy of recording a triple-double in win over Xavier (1/8) with 16 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds, that would have been the first UMass triple-double since Al Skinner vs. Saint Peter's (12/28/73) ... Broke out of mini slump with 11 points vs. Boston Univ. (12/28), after averaging 6.3 ppg over previous four games ... Scored nine points, tying his career-high in free throws with 5-for-6 vs. Rider (12/23) ... Tied his career-high at that time with 19 points, making 7-of-15, canning 3-of-6 three-pointers vs. Gonzaga (12/4) ... Came off the bench to score 12 points, dishing out six assists along with three steals vs. Yale (11/28).
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2003-04: One of UMass' top players at the shooting guard and small forward spots ... Received the team's Derrick Claiborne Hustle Award ... Played in all 29 games on the season, starting 19 times ... Averaged 8.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game ... Ranked 10th in the Atlantic 10 Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio and 13th in assists ... Recorded 18 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals against Duquesne in the Atlantic 10 Tournament ... Scored seven points and handed out seven assists at Richmond ... Totaled 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists at Temple, including a key three-pointer late in the first overtime period ... Had 10 points, six rebounds and four assists in the victory over St. Bonaventure ... Led the team with 15 points, three rebounds, three assists at Fordham ... Totaled 17 points and three assists in home game against Rhode Island ... Hit the game-winning three pointer with 25.6 seconds remaining at Rhode Island, while totaling 12 points and five rebounds ... Totaled eight points, six rebounds and three assists at St. Joseph's ... Recorded eight points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals at Duquesne ... Dished out five assists at St. Bonaventure, while recording four assists against George Washington ... Had eight points, four rebounds and four assists against La Salle ... Totaled eight points, four rebounds and three assists at Connecticut ... Scored 10 points and pulled down a pair of rebounds against Albany ... Led the team with 19 points in the victory over Marshall, while also recording three assists and five steals ... His five steals against Marshall were the most by a Minuteman since Jonathan DePina had five at Rhode Island on Jan. 30, 2001 ... Named Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week and Dinn Brothers UMass Athlete of the Week following his performance against Marshall ... Totaled 10 points, three rebounds and four assists at Boston College ... Had 14 points and four rebounds against Vermont, while hitting five of seven attempts from the field, including both of his shots from three-point range ... Recorded six points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals against St. Francis (N.Y.) in his first collegiate game ... Named to the preseason Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team.
BEFORE UMASS: Averaged 26 points, 12 assists and five rebounds as a senior for coach Darryl Schofield at Lutheran Christian Academy ... Led the Crusaders to a 20-5 record ... Rated as the 230th-best player by PrepStars ... A fifth team All-Philadelphia/Eastern Pennsylvania/South Jersey selection by HoopScoop Online ... Named by HoopScoop Online as the No. 2 fifth-year senior in Philadelphia/Eastern Pennsylvania/South Jersey ... Previously played at University City High School ... Played for Sam Rines' Team Philly at the 2002 Adidas Big Time Tournament ... Averaged 23.5 points in four games, including a 32-point effort vs. Woodland Bulldogs.
PERSONAL:Maurice Charles Maxwell ... Born July 13, 1982, in Philadelphia, Pa. ... Son of Renell McNeil and Dennis Maxwell ... Brother of Nashana (18) and Brenay (20) ... Majoring in History...Shoe size 12.
2004-05 Game-By-Game Statistics