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HAWKS CONTINUE RISE TO SIXTH IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (1/12/04) - The unbeaten Saint Joseph's Hawks continue their climb in the national rankings as they moved up three spots to sixth in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls for Jan. 12. It is the Hawks' highest ranking since SJU was ranked fifth on March 8, 1966. Ranking ahead of Saint Joseph's in the AP poll, which is voted on by the media, are Connecticut, Duke, Stanford, Wake Forest and Kentucky while the ESPN/USA Today poll, voted by coaches, varies slightly with Connecticut, Duke, Wake Forest, Stanford and Kentucky. The 13-0 Hawks are one of seven undefeated teams in the nation as of Jan. 12 and are in the midst of the best start in school history. Point guard Jameer Nelson is establishing himself as the early favorite for the National Player of the Year honors as he continues to lead the squad with 20.8, 5.1 assists and 3.8 steals per game. Nelson and the Hawks have been receiving national attention for their play thus far. ESPN.com's Jay Bilas called Nelson the Player of the Year during the non-conference season and named Hawk mentor Phil Martelli the top "Coach of Non-Conference Season". The Hawks look for their 14th win on Tuesday, January 13 at the sold-out Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. The game is not televised, but the action can be heard on WPEN-Radio (950 AM).