Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
Mark Bass, one of the most prolific shooters in Saint Joseph's University history, is in his sixth year as an assistant coach at SJU. A fiery leader on the court, Bass led the Hawks to the NIT finals his senior season. That year, 1995-96, he averaged 14.3 points per game, second on the team, while connecting on a then-school-record 91 treys (268 attempts, also a record). A second team all-Philadelphia Big Five selection, the Trenton, N.J. native (McCorristin High/Maine Central Institute) connected on 225 three-pointers over his four-year career (1992-96), a record since surpassed by Marvin O'Connor (231, 1999-2002). He also served as a team captain his junior and senior years at SJU. As a freshman, the 5-9 guard led the Atlantic 10 Conference in free throw percentage, hitting 73 of 84 for a school-record 86.9 percent. He also led the A-10 in three-point percentage as a junior (66-156, .423), making him just the second Hawk player to lead the league in two different categories (Rodney Blake, blocked shots and field goal percentage, 1986-87). At the 2001 SJU men's basketball banquet, Bass became the first member of the 1996 NIT Finalist team to be inducted into the Saint Joseph's Basketball Hall of Fame. Upon graduation, the 30-year-old played one season (1996-97) of professional basketball with the Tiajin Breakers in the Chinese Professional League. Following that, he served two seasons (1997-99) as an assistant coach under Max Good at Maine Central Institute, helping guide the team to back-to-back New England Prep School Championships, including a perfect 35-0 season in 1997-98. A 1991 graduate of McCorristin (N.J.) High, Bass was named Mercer County Player of the Year as a senior and set the all-time points record, finishing with 1,482 for his career. He then spent one year at MCI as a player, guiding the squad to a 27-1 record with the lone loss coming in the New England Prep School Championship game. Bass is engaged to Tracie Hardy. The couple plans to marry in the fall of 2004.