|10 Japhet McNeil
Gutty guard who served as the Pirates' primary ball handler as a sophomore ... Pesky on-the-ball defender ... Conference USA's second-leading returning assists leader (4.4) ... Blessed with good court vision as evident by the record number of assists he dished out last season ... Handed out an ECU single season record 122 assists ... Enters his junior campaign with 219 career helpers which ranks ninth on the school's career chart ... Credited with 95 steals through two seasons, which ranks as fifth most in ECU basketball history ... Has dished out at least five assists 19 times and recorded two steals in a game 27 times.
As a Sophomore (2004-05)
Saw action in all 28 games, making 24 starts as the point guard ... Handed out an ECU record 122 assists during the season ...Credited with 59 steals, third highest season total in school history ... Ranked fourth in Conference USA in assists (4.4) and steals (2.1) per game ... Tied for second in the league with 4.81 assists per conference game ... Ranked 13th in the league with 1.5 steals per conference game ... Averaged 6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game ... Second on the team in total minutes played (810), seeing over 30 minutes of action in 17 contests ... Scored a career-high 15 points at home against St. Andrews ... Reached double figures for the only other time during the season with 10 points against Old Dominion ... Dropped a career-high 10 assists against Houston ... Credited with five steals against Belmont Abbey and Winthrop ... Made at least one steal in 24 games ... Dished out at least five assists in 14 games and at least seven in four games ... Had the ninth highest assists to turnover ratio in the conference (1.4).
As a Freshman (2003-04)
Led the Pirates in assists and steals ... Ranked 11th in Conference USA in assists (3.59) ... Scored double figures in each of the first two C-USA games of the year, including a season-best 13 at Charlotte ... Started 13 games during the year, including the first seven... Dished out five or more assists in a game seven times ... Made eight consecutive free throws to begin his collegiate career... Scored double figures for the first time with 10 points against George Mason ... Netted double figures against North Carolina A&T ... Dished out eight assists against Coastal Carolina ... Handed out six assists and recorded three steals against Hampton... His five steals against UNC Pembroke was the most by any ECU player during the season... Became the 15th freshman to start his first game at ECU.
Averaged 18 points and 6.5 assists as a senior at Christ the King High School ... Rated among the top 125 high school seniors by HoopScoop ... Led his team to the New York State Catholic A division championship in 2003 ... Scored 27 points in the state championship game ... Earned Newsday all-city honors ... Participated in the Wendy's High School All-Star Shoot-out for Team New York and scored 13 points to help his team to a win over Team Chicago ... Named 2003 All-CHSAA First Team by The New York Post ... MVP of the 2002 Gonzaga/DC Classic ... Named to College Basketball News' 2003 All-Prime Time Shoot-out Tournament team ... Tallied over 1,100 points in his career ... Finished third on the school's career assist list behind Omar Cook and Erik Barkley.
Japhet McNeil was born April 27, 1985 ... Son of Jerome Smith and Wanda McNeil ... Has one younger brother, Jordan, 7 ... One of two players from Brooklyn, N.Y. on the team ... Named to the Honor Roll during the 2005 Spring Semester ... Most admired person is his mother.