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."
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)