Saint Joseph’s seniors Shavar Newkirk and James Demery have been named to the 2018 All-Big 5 Second Team as voted on by the media and coaches. The duo will receive their awards at the annual Philadelphia Big 5 Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 16 at The Palestra, beginning with a reception at 6 p.m.
In addition, Pat Calathes '08 and Don DiJulia '67 will be inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame at the ceremony.
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Newkirk and Demery were recently named the co-recipients of SJU’s John P. Hilferty Memorial Award as the Hawks’ Most Valuable Players. The duo also earned All-Atlantic 10 Conference honors with Newkirk being second to the All-A-10 Second Team and Demery receiving Third Team honors.
Newkirk led the Hawks in scoring with 17.4 points per game as he made a comeback from an ACL injury that shortened his junior season. He was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team while also topping SJU with 3.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Newkirk, a 6-0 guard from New York, N.Y., scored double figures in all but capped his career with 1,193 points to rank 38th among SJU’s all-time leading scorers.
Demery earns a spot on the All-Big 5 Second Team for consecutive seasons. He ranked second on the team in scorer with a career-best average of 16.9 points, and also ranked second with 5.5 rebounds per game. The 6-6 senior from Williamston, N.C., was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Third Team as he hit for double figures 27 times this season, with nine games of 20 points or more. Demery finished his career with 1,295 points to rank 31st on the Hawks’ all-time scoring list.
Calathes led the 2007-08 Hawks in scoring with 17.5 points per game as well as rebounding (7.5) and blocked shots (1.2) as Saint Joseph’s went 21-13, reached the Atlantic 10 Championship game and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The 6-10 guard from Casselberry, Fla., was a two-time selection to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team, earning first-team honors as a senior, while being named to 2008 A-10 All-Championship Team. Calathes finished his career with 1,251 points and currently ranks 34th on the Hawks’ all-time list, while his total of 630 rebounds is the 26th best in school history. He was inducted into the Saint Joseph’s Basketball Hall of Fame on April 6.
DiJulia will be retiring from his post as athletic director at the end of the academic year which marks his 50th in college athletics, and his 35th as Saint Joseph’s AD over two terms, from 1976-1981 and then from 1988 to now. All told, DiJulia’s affiliation with SJU spans six decades, from his time as a student to the present. One of the most respected administrators in college athletics, DiJulia has overseen tremendous growth in the University’s athletic programs during his tenure while focusing on the enhancement of the student-athlete experience. DiJulia, who played basketball and baseball for the Hawks, was inducted into Saint Joseph’s Athletics Hall of Fame on March 3 and will be inducted into the ECAC Hall of Fame on May 4.