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Hawks in the pros: 2009-2010 season

With the NBA playoffs entering the second round, we figured it would be a good time to catch up with some St. Joe’s basketball’s most illustrious alumni who are continuing their careers on the professional hardwood.

The conversation—much like just about any other discussion of St. Joe’s basketball—starts with its most famous alumni, Jameer Nelson.

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The Orlando Magic point guard had to contend with injuries again this season and saw his numbers drop from last year’s career season. He finished the regular season averaging 12.6 points and 5.4 assists in 28.6 minutes per game over 65 games; all three totals were slightly above his career average.

He was slowed by torn knee cartilage in November that caused him to miss 17 games. But he averaged 13.8 points per in the 47 regular season games since returning to action on Dec. 19 and has assumed his usual role as a vital cog in the sixth-highest scoring offense in the league for the Southeast Division Champs. Continue reading

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Men’s Basketball News and Notes: Nelson in, Rivera out again

A pair of former St. Joe’s hoopsters has been grabbing the headlines this past week, for very different reasons.

The Sporting News honored Nelson's achievements on Hawk Hill.

The Sporting News honored Nelson's achievements on Hawk Hill.

Former standout Jameer Nelson, ’04, was honored by The Sporting News as part of their All-Decade Team. Nelson, an All-Star last season with the Orlando Magic, was named to the first team along with guard Jason Williams of Duke, forwards Kevin Durant of Texas, Joakim Noah of Florida, and center Tyler Hansborough of North Carolina.

Nelson is coming off a career year, averaging 16.7 points and 5.4 assists per game while bettering his career averages across the board in route to his first career All-Star game.

The news is not as good for DJ Rivera, ’10. The former St. Joe’s and Neumann-Goretti guard was dismissed along with four other players, including fellow Philly native Malik Alvin of Simon Gratz, from Binghamton this week for undisclosed reasons.

Rivera led the Bearcats and America East in scoring last year at 20.2 points per game en route to the NCAA Tournament. He left St. Joe’s after two largely unproductive years, which included a semester on the bench for academic reasons.

The other three players dismissed were Corey Chandler, Paul Crosby, and David Fine. They follow Tiki Mayben, who was arrested late last week on drug charges. Mayben, Rivera, and Alvin were all starters on last year’s team, which has experienced so many legal problems they have garnered the nickname “UNLV East” by New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick.

“If any of the young men in our program don’t respect the decisions that have been made or the rules we have in place, then they need to move on with their lives,” said head coach Kevin Broadus in a statement.

-Matthew De George ’10

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