Lee, Stachitas and Mallon Named Hawks' Captains for 2005-06
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  10/21/2005

Oct. 21, 2005

PHILADELPHIA - Seniors Dwayne Lee, Chet Stachitas and Dave Mallon have been selected as team captains for the 2005-06 Saint Joseph's men's basketball team, as voted by their teammates.

Lee, a 6-0 guard from Jersey City, NJ, earned Atlantic 10 All-Defensive honors in 2005 in his first season as the Hawks' starting point guard. Lee averaged a career-best 9.4 points per game and led the Atlantic 10 with 5.2 assists per game, but also helped key the SJU defense which held its opponents to 60 points or under 24 times. Lee also had one of the best assist to turnover ratios in the league while topping the team with 34.8 minutes per game.

Stachitas, a 6-5 wing player from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, is the team's leading returning scorer with his 10.8 average. In the early going last season, Stachitas carried most of the scoring load (averaging 16.4 points), before suffering a severe high ankle sprain in early December. He never missed any game action, playing and starting all 36 games, although the injury lingered the remainder of the year. Stachitas shot 74.6 percent from the foul line, one of the best numbers on the team.

Mallon, a 6-10 forward from Aurora, NY, has battled injuries during his career, but has displayed glimpses of his scoring ability. He averaged 3.5 points last season, but turned in one of the best career when he scored 17 points in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinal win over Richmond, while not missing a shot (6-for-6).

The seniors are the three returning starters for Saint Joseph's, which went 24-12 last season and reached the championship game of the NIT.

Marcus Mitchell, a 6-6 freshman forward from Philadelphia, earned a spot on the squad as a walk-on after tryouts last week. Mitchell played high school basketball at Athens Area High School in Athens, PA. He averaged 19.2 points and 12.6 rebounds as a senior and earned All-League honors in the Northern Tier League. His father, Eric, played basketball at Saint Joseph's under coach Jack McKinney from 1969 to 1971.

Saint Joseph's opens the season on November 18, hosting Lafayette at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Among the early-season highlights for the Hawks is an appearance in the Jimmy V Classic against Kansas on December 6 at Madison Square Garden.