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22   Jeff Viggiano
Jeff Viggiano

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Suffield, Conn.

High School:
Suffield

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 215

Position:
F

Birthdate:
07/24/1984


FORD ON VIGGIANO: "I'm looking forward to Jeff having a great senior season. Jeff has really put in his time here at UMass and he needs to be rewarded with a great year. He's probably going to play a lot at the four spot because he has good size, he's very athletic but also he can create a lot of mismatches at the four the way he shoots the basketball. He's one of our top shooters on the basketball team at the four spot. He's got a decent low post game, one he hasn't worked on a lot but we tried to spend more time with him because he is going to spend time down there. Jeff is a leader of this basketball team, he leads by example, he does the right things and he is a great example of what we want a UMass basketball player to be."

Click Here To Read A Q&A With Jeff Viggiano

  • 2005-06 Season Update,
  • Game-By-Game Statistics
  • Lone Senior to be honored on Senior Day. Named a team captain along with junior Rashaun Freeman and junior Stephane Lasme on Jan. 16.
  • Started last 24 games at a wing position after coming off bench for first two games, playing small forward for the last 13 games.
  • Has been a spark for UMass averaging 8.8 points per game (fourth on team) and grabbing 3.5 rebounds (fourth on team) along with 1.2 blocks per game and 27 steals (first on team).
  • Averaging 9.5 points over last six games after scoring nine vs. Charlotte (2/22), eight vs. Dayton (2/25) and at Richmond (3/1)
  • In his 100th career game at George Washington (2/15), tallied 11 points -- all in the second half -- made three 3-point field goals.
  • Scored 11 points at Florida State (2/12), marking his first game in double-figures in five games.
  • Tallied seven points, all in the first half against La Salle (2/8). Bothered by injury and illness has limited him to just six points in three games from Jan. 29-Feb. 4.
  • Scored 14 or more points in four games in a row, averaging 15.3 over the stretch (from Jan. 14-25).
  • Tied for team-high with 14 points at Rhode Island (1/25), hit a 3-pointer with 16.6 seconds in leading comeback before last-second loss.
  • Equaled season-high with 17 points vs. Temple (1/21) including monster dunk in second half to punctuate the win on ESPN.
  • Netted 15 points for second game in a row vs. Fordham (1/18), marking first time in his career he had that points two games in a row.
  • Team-high 15 points at Saint Louis (1/14), along with five rebounds and two 3-pointers. Was first 10-plus scoring game since 12/27.
  • Posted fourth career double-double and first since Feb. 8, 2004 with 11 points and 11 rebounds against St. Peter's (12/27) in Panasonic Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden, also added career-high six blocks and five assists.
  • Third game in a row in double-figures vs. Siena (12/23) with 12 points as he made 5-of-6 from the floor including 2-of-3 from treys.
  • Scored double-figures for third time in year and second game in a row with 10 against Boston University (12/12).
  • Had biggest scoring game in two seasons, against home-state No. 3 UConn (12/8) with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting.
  • Started for first time this year vs. UAB (11/25) in Tip-Off Classic, scored two points and had three rebounds.
  • Again sparked a UMass 12-0 run in the second half as he finished with six points at Davidson (11/22).
  • Opened year with highest scoring game in two seasons with 14 vs. Hartford (11/18), made 6-of-9 from the floor which led to win.

    AS A JUNIOR IN 2004-05: Made a nice recovery from a severe right ankle sprain which forced him to miss seven games (Dec. 28-Jan. 12) ... Played last 13 games in a row ... Averaged 4.5 points and 3.1 rebounds for the season ... In season-high 33 minutes had season-high 10 rebounds along with four points vs. LaSalle (3/9) in A-10 First Round ... Posted career-high eight offensive rebounds battling all game long. It was his fourth career game with double-figure rebounds ... Scored in double-figures for second game in a row at LaSalle (2/19) with 10 points. Made 5-of-6 free throws in the final 32 seconds to help UMass secure its fourth overtime win of the season ... Showed old form in scoring 11 points and posting three assists, two rebounds, two blocks and a steal vs. Florida State (2/15) ... Saw 24 minutes at Fordham (2/12) and had three points, four assists and three steals including a monster dunk ... Played 11 minutes for the second game in a row and scored four points vs. St. Bonaventure (2/5) ... In 11 minutes vs. Richmond (1/29), scored two baskets late in the second half to aid comeback ... Came back to action against Saint Joseph's (1/22), playing five second-half minutes ... Sat out seven games from Dec. 28-Jan. 18 with a severly sprained right ankle which he injured against Rider on Dec. 23 ... Came off the bench in the first five games this season, before starting at Miami (12/12) ... Prior to injuring his ankle in the second half, had a season-high seven rebounds along with six points vs. Rider (12/23) ... In second start vs. Davidson (12/19), was one of four players in double-figures with 12 points, also had three assists ... Best game of year came in win over UConn (12/9), as he scored season-high 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Made a huge three-pointer to give UMass the lead 57-55 with 1:56 left ... Starred in the game against his homestate team ... Scored four points and added five rebounds in 12 minutes vs. Northeastern (12/1).

    AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2003-04: One of UMass' top players at both small forward and power forward'... Received the team's Jim McCoy Most Improved Player Award ... Played in 28 games on the season, starting 25 times ... Averaged 9.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.8 blocks per game ... Ranked 14th in the Atlantic 10 Conference in blocks and 17th in rebounding ... Totaled 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists against Duquesne in the Atlantic 10 Tournament ... Had eight points and seven rebounds at Richmond ... Scored a team-best 23 points and pulled down nine rebounds at Temple, while hitting on four of eight three-point attempts and all seven of his free throw attempts ... Recorded 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the victory over St. Bonaventure ... Totaled 11 points, two rebounds and two assists at Fordham ... Had 11 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals in home game against Rhode Island ... Recorded seven points and five rebounds at Xavier ... Totaled 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds against Dayton ... Posted the second double-double of his collegiate career in the win at Rider, totaling 14 points and 10 rebounds ... Recorded 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks in the victory at Rhode Island ... Had 11 points and three rebounds in the home win over Fordham, while hitting four of six shots from the floor ... Totaled nine points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks in the victory over Temple ... Recorded his first career double-double at St. Joseph's with 12 points and 10 rebounds'... Totaled 13 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots at Duquesne, while hitting three of six three-point attempts ... Had eight points, five rebounds and two blocks against Tennessee ... Scored a career-high 22 points on nine of 12 shooting at Connecticut, while also posting four rebounds, two assists and two steals ... Nine points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals against Albany ... Scored seven points and pulled down six rebounds at Central Connecticut State ... Recorded eight points and two rebounds at Boston College ... Totaled nine points and six rebounds against Vermont Had seven points, three rebounds and two assists in the season opener against St. Francis (N.Y.).

    AS A FRESHMAN IN 2002-03: Played in all 29 games on the season, starting the final 21 contests ... Ranked second on the squad in steals (27), blocked shots (21), third in three-pointers made (26), three-point attempts (113) and assists (67), fourth in minutes played (738), fifth in scoring (7.0 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (2.9 rpg) ... Averaged 9.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 2.9 apg after moving into the starting lineup ... Recorded nine double-figure scoring games on the year ... Became only the 16th true freshman in UMass history to start at least 20 games, and the first since Tony Barbee and Harper Williams each made 26 starts in 1989-90 ... Made three or more three-pointers in a game six times on the year ... Dished out at least two assists in 16 of his 20 starts and 19 times overall ... Scored a season-best 17 points in his first collegiate start against Rider, while also pulling down a career-best nine rebounds ... Had 14 points and four assists in the victory over Marshall ...Earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and Dinn Brothers UMass Athlete of the Week honors following his performances against Rider and Marshall ... Totaled 14 points, four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and four steals vs. NC State ... Had a team-high 14 points to go with four assists in 31 minutes at Temple, going four of eight from three-point range ... Recorded his second-highest scoring effort of the season with 16 points in the home game with Temple, to go with six assists.

    BEFORE UMASS: Averaged 28 points, seven rebounds and four assists en route to Connecticut's Gatorade Player of the Year honor as a senior at Suffield (Conn.) High School... Owns Suffield High records for points in a game (43) and a career (1,540) ... Captained coach Fran Aniello's team as a senior ... Two-time All-Star and All Conference performer ... Member of Suffield's 2000 state championship team ... Played in both the Jewish Community Center and Connecticut All-Star Games following his senior season ... A solid student, he made Suffield's honor roll in each of the school's last seven marking periods.

    PERSONAL: Jeffrey Donald Viggiano ... Born July 24, 1984, in Hartford, Conn. ... Son of Jim and Nancy Viggiano ... Brother of Greg (23) ... Majoring in Sport Management with a Minor in Sociology...Shoe size 14.

     
    Career Statistics
    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
    2002-03	29	21	738	25.4	67	188	.356	26	113	.230	42	72	.583	28	57	85	2.9	70	4	67	53	21	27	202	7.0
    2003-04	28	25	816	29.1	93	220	.423	31	101	.307	55	72	.764	66	85	151	5.4	85	3	45	54	22	24	272	9.7
    2004-05	21	2	398	19.0	29	71	.408	4	19	.211	33	47	.702	34	32	66	3.1	33	0	26	26	11	10	95	4.5
    TOTAL	78	48	1952	25.0	189	479	.395	61	233	.262	130	191	.681	128	174	302	3.9	188	7	138	133	54	61	569	7.3
    Career Highs (Entering 05-06)
    
    Category#Opponent, Date
    Points23 at Temple, 3/3/04
    Field Goals9 at Connecticut, 12/30/03
    Field Goals Att.144X, last vs. St. Peter's, 12/27/05
    3-Point FG0
    3-Point FG Att.10 vs. Temple, 2/8/03
    7 at Saint Joseph's, 1/21/04
    Free Throws7 at Temple, 3/3/04
    Free Throw Att.8 at Saint Joseph's, 1/21/04
    Rebounds13 vs. Dayton, 2/8/04
    Assists6 vs. Temple, 2/8/03
    Blocks6 vs. St. Peter's, 12/27/05
    Steals4 at Chaminade, 11/27/02
    Minutes48 at Temple, 3/3/04

    Miscellaneous Statistics (Entering 05-06)

    Category04-05Car.Last Time...
    Double-Figure Scoring935at Rhode Island, 1/25/06
    20-plus points02at Temple, 3/3/04
    5-plus assists13 vs. St. Peter's, 12/27/05
    5-plus blocks11 vs. St. Peter's, 12/27/05
    5-plus rebounds428 at Saint Louis, 1/14/06
    10-plus rebounds15 vs. St. Peter's, 12/27/05
    Double-Double14 vs. St. Peter's, 12/27/05

    Career Honors
    UMass/Dinn Brothers Co-Athlete of the Week (Jan. 23, 2006)

    2004-05 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 11/23 BIRM-SOUTHERN 1-0 30 1-6 .167 0-0 .000 2-3 .667 3-2 5 2 3 1 1 0 4 11/28 YALE 1-0 7 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 0-2 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 12/1 NORTHEASTERN 1-0 12 2-3 .667 0-1 .000 0-0 .000 2-3 5 1 1 2 1 0 4 12/4 vs. Gonzaga (at Sea)1-0 8 0-2 .000 0-2 .000 0-0 .000 2-1 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 12/9 CONNECTICUT 1-0 27 5-6 .857 1-1 1.000 1-2 .500 4-1 5 1 1 0 2 1 12 12/12 at Miami (Fla.) 1-1 20 0-2 .000 0-1 .000 2-2 1.000 1-2 3 0 0 1 0 0 2 12/19 DAVDISON 1-1 24 3-4 .750 1-1 1.000 5-7 .714 2-0 2 4 3 2 0 1 12 12/23 RIDER 1-0 20 2-3 .667 0-0 .000 2-2 1.000 2-5 7 1 2 1 1 0 6 12/28 BOSTON UNIV. DNP-INJ 1/2 BOSTON COLL. DNP-INJ 1/5 TEMPLE* DNP-INJ 1/8 XAVIER* DNP-INJ 1/12 at Saint Joseph's* DNP-INJ 1/15 at G. Washington* DNP-INJ 1/19 FORDHAM* DNP-INJ 1/22 SAINT JOSEPH'S* 1-0 5 0-1 .000 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1/26 at St. Bonaventure* 1-0 5 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 0-1 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 1/29 RICHMOND* 1-0 11 2-2 1.000 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 2-0 2 2 0 1 0 0 4 2/5 ST. BONAVENTURE* 1-0 11 2-4 .500 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 1-3 4 1 1 2 2 0 4 2/9 at Rhode Island* 1-0 16 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 1-2 .500 1-1 2 4 1 1 0 1 1 2/12 at Fordham* 1-0 24 1-3 .333 0-1 .000 1-2 .500 1-0 1 3 4 0 0 3 3 2/15 FLORIDA STATE 1-0 26 4-7 .571 1-2 .500 2-5 .400 0-2 2 3 3 1 2 1 11 2/19 at LaSalle* 1-0 22 2-5 .400 1-2 .500 5-6 .833 1-1 2 0 0 1 0 0 10 2/23 RHODE ISLAND* 1-0 27 1-4 .250 0-1 .000 2-2 1.000 2-0 2 2 1 3 0 1 2 2/26 at Temple* 1-0 16 1-2 .500 0-1 .000 4-4 1.000 0-3 3 2 0 2 0 0 6 3/1 at Dayton* 1-0 23 0-4 .000 0-2 .000 2-4 .500 1-1 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 3/5 DUQUESNE* 1-0 31 2-5 .400 0-1 .000 2-2 1.000 1-2 3 1 1 3 0 0 6 3/9 vs. LaSalle (A-10) 1-0 33 1-8 .125 0-2 .000 2-4 .500 8-2 10 2 3 1 1 0 4

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