Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (11/13/01) ? Dwayne Jones and Jamal Nichols, two members of the Saint Joseph's University men's basketball team, will not be suiting up when the nationally-ranked (#9 ESPN/USA Today, #10 Associated Press) Hawks take the floor on Thursday night (9:00 PM EST) for their season opener against Eastern Washington in the first round of the BCA Classic hosted by the University of California. Jones, a 6-11, 225-pound freshman out of American Christian Academy in Chester, Pa., will red-shirt the 2001-02 season while Nichols, a 6-8 225-pound forward out of Philadelphia's Ben Franklin High School, will sit out the first semester to focus on his academic studies. "I believe that this is the best situation for both of these fine young men," states SJU head coach Phil Martelli. "Dwayne has shown great promise on the floor during the preseason, but with two veterans in senior Damian Reid and junior Alexandre Sazonov at his position, there is not much playing time available." "In Jamal's case, I am very proud of the progress he has made, both on and off the court, but I feel that this move will help give him a sound academic footing which will lead to long-term success in both areas." SJU, boasting its first preseason national ranking in 36 years, returns four starters from its 2000-01 Atlantic 10 Conference regular season championship team that posted a 26-7 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to top-seed Stanford, 90-83.