30 Shannon Crooks
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Senior guard and tri-captain Shannon Crooks returns for his third season as a starter in the UMass backcourt, but after spending the last two years at the point, he will move to his natural off-guard position as he challenges for all-conference honors in his final season as a Minuteman...needs 306 points to reach the 1,000-point mark in his collegiate career, and 349 to reach that milestone as a Minuteman (scored 43 points during freshman season at St. John?s)...one of four, fifth-year seniors on the 2001-2002 UMass roster, Crooks needs 105 assists to crack the UMass career list (he has 194) and 29 steals (he has 105) to make the school?s career theft chart...one of four Bay State prep products on the Minuteman roster, he has dished out at least one assist in 37-straight games and in 61 of 63 career games...averaged 10.3 points and 3.3 rebounds on UMass? four-game summer exhibition tour of Greece...posted team-highs of 16 assists and 13 steals on the trip, and had just seven turnovers...turned in a pair of double-figure scoring efforts on the trip, including a tour-high 15-point effort in UMass? lone tour victory...?Shannon?s going to play all two (guard), which I believe is his natural position,? Massachusetts coach Steve Lappas said. ?He knows how to play and he plays hard. We are counting on him.?
As a Junior in 2000-2001
Played in all 30 games, drawing 29 starts...became the first UMass player since Edgar Padilla in 1996-1997 to lead the Minutemen in both assists and steals in the same season, as he finished with 95 assists and 47 steals...also ranked second on the team in minutes (937), third in scoring (9.0 ppg) and three-point goals made (18), fourth in free throw percentage (.682) and tied for fourth in rebounds (3.5 rpg)...stood 12th in the A-10 in steals (1.57 spg), 13th in assist/turnover ratio (1.15) and 14th in assists (3.17 apg)...collected two or more assists in 27 of 30 games, including five games of five or more assists, and a high of seven against Rhode Island in Amherst...tallied 12 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 20-point effort against Iona...his effort against Iona marked the fourth 20-point scoring game of his career, and UMass owns a 4-0 mark in those contests...Minutemen were 6-2 against A-10 opponents when he recorded a double-figure scoring game...grabbed a career-high eight rebounds against Providence, one of nine games in which Crooks snagged at least five rebounds...had 13 multiple-steal games, including a career-high six thefts against Iona, a mark which equalled the fifth-best single-game total in school history...played 30 or more minutes on 15 occasions...led the Minuteman scoring attack twice, and also led the team in steals 15 times and assists 13 times...received team?s Mr. Hustle honor at season-ending banquet.
As a Sophomore in 1999-2000
After sitting out the 1998-99 campaign as a transfer from St. John?s, Crooks appeared in all 33 games, starting 25, as a sophomore in 1999-2000?averaged 11.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game?led Minutemen in assists (99) and ranked third in minutes (983), steals (58) and scoring (11.6 ppg)?his 58 steals stand as fifth-best single-season effort in school history?had 16 multiple-steal games, including a then-career-high five thefts against Rhode Island in Amherst?ranked among the A-10 leaders in steals (10th) and assists (15th)?averaged 12.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in league play with a team-high 49 assists?stepped up his game in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, averaging 16.0 points and hitting 54.3 percent of his field goals (compared to 38.5 percent shooting on season)?scored in double figures 20 times, including seven in last 10 games of season...late-season offensive surge, in which he averaged 14.0 points over final 10 games, began with a career-high 29-point explosion at Fordham when Monty Mack was sidelined...followed Fordham performance with a 20-point outing against St. Joseph?s to give him back-to-back 20-point outings for the first time ever?named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week and WHMP/UMass Athlete of the Week following his efforts against Fordham and St. Joseph?s?dished out career-high eight assists against Xavier?was credited with at least one assist in 31 of 33 games and led team 12 times?hit game-winning trey from 25 feet with 14.7 seconds left to give the Minutemen a one-point victory over Villanova?had two or more three-pointers in nine games, with UMass winning seven of those contests?hit just 28.6 percent from three-point range, but made second-highest number of threes (28) on the squad.
Appeared in 23 games as a freshman at St. John?s, averaging 1.9 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game?scored season-high five points against both Louisville and Syracuse?played four years at Everett High School in Everett, Mass., for coach John DiBiaso?averaged 26.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game as a prep senior?leading scorer in Everett High School history with 1,734 points?1996 Boston Globe Super Team and Boston Herald Dream Team selection?three-time Boston Shootout participant?earned All-Shootout honors in 1995 and 1996 while helping team to title...played AAU basketball for the vaunted Boston Amateur Basketball Club, a team which included his former UMass teammates Monty Mack and Jonathan DePina.
Born Dec. 11, 1978, in Roxbury, Mass., Crooks will celebrate his 23rd birthday the day UMass and UConn meet on the hardwood, and is the son of Elsa Crooks and the late Sam Crooks...BDIC major with an emphasis on Mentoring Minority Youth through Entertainment.