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      Jon Higgins
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Shaker Heights, Ohio

High School:
Shaker Heights

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 200

Position:
Guard

Birthdate:
12/04/1980

Experience:
3L

Higgins In The Record Books
Ranks among UT?s all-time leaders for career three-point percentage (5th with 39.8), three-pointers made (4th with 209), three-point attempts (5th with 525), assists (8th with 352), steals (9th with 130), games started (3rd with 122) and games played (Tied 8th with 124).

2002-03 (Senior)
Named to the SEC Good Works Team for the third consecutive year ... Ruled ineligible to participate in postseason competition for failing to meet the SEC academic requirements ... Appeal to the SEC?s Executive Committee was denied March 10 ... He was eligible to participate in regular season competition under NCAA, SEC and University of Tennessee academic guidelines, but did not meet the SEC requirements for postseason competition which is based on the 2002 fall semester. ... Scored his 800th career point in the Vols? loss to Georgia (1/23/03) ... Ranked among the SEC leaders in three-point percentage (7th with 41.1 percent), three-pointers made (9th with 1.96 per game) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3rd with 2.82)... Tennessee?s Iron Man by starting 122 of his 124 games over his four-year career ... Played at least 13 minutes in each of those games ... Only Allan Houston (1990-1993) and Vincent Yarbrough (1999-2002) have started more career games for Tennessee ... Swished the game-winning shot from 50-feet out with a half-second left in the game to give the Vols a 70-69 win over Georgia Tech (12/15/02) ... Game-winning shot was showcased on Chris Berman?s Top 10 Plays of the Week on ESPN ... Scored 11 points in the final seven minutes, including five in the final second against Georgia Tech ... Tied a career-high with six field goals-made while scoring 18 points and dishing out five assists against LSU (3/1/03) ... Sealed the victory for the Vols by scoring all six of his points in the final minutes of the upset of No. 4 Florida (2/15/03).

2001-02 (Junior)
A natural shooting guard, he carried the point guard duties for most of the season ... For the second time in his career he was named to the SEC Good Works Team the week of Jan. 23-27 ... Received the Team Before Self Award as the best team player and the Most Assists Award ... Assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.10 ranked third in the Southeastern Conference ... Ranked in a tie for sixth in the SEC for assists (3.94 apg) ... Rated 10th in the SEC by converting 36.0 percent of his three-point field goals ... One of just two Vols to start every game on the season ... Averaged 7.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists in Southeastern Conference games ... Went 4-of-5 from the field, including 3-of-4 from three-point range to score 11 points in 28 minutes at No. 8 Florida (2/26/02) ... Had one of his best games of his career at LSU (1/30/02) when he went 3-of-6 from the field for 10 points, six assists and no turnovers ... Drilled a three-pointer from the deep corner with 39 seconds left of Tennessee?s win at LSU (1/30/02) to give the Vols a five-point lead and control over the end of the game ... Suffered a lower back bruise against Vanderbilt (2/2/02) but returned to the lineup to play 43 minutes and dish out six assists against No. 7 Kentucky (2/6/02) ... Scored a career-high 16 points and tied a career-best with four steals at Mississippi State (1/16/02) ... Had a career-high nine assists against Marquette (11/21/01) in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout.

2000-01 (Sophomore)
Set a school record by making 48.6 (53-of-109) of his three-point attempts ... Broke the old mark of 43.4 by Mark Griffin during the 1988-89 season ... Led the Southeastern Conference in three-point field goal percentage (.556) and assist/turnover ratio (2.88) against conference teams ... Averaged 3.06 assists per game against SEC teams to rank ninth in the SEC ... A sophomore honorable mention All-America selection by College Basketball News ... Connected on 30-of-53 three-pointers in SEC games for 56.6 percent and he hit 53-of-109 overall for 48.6 percent ? Recorded the first double-double of his career with 12 points and 10 rebounds against South Carolina (2/27/01) ? Did not miss a shot in back-to-back games versus Vanderbilt (2/24/01) and South Carolina (2/27/01) ... During that stretch, he went 8-of-8 from the field including 7-of-7 from three-point range ? Hit his first three-point attempt against LSU (3/3/01) to extend his streak to eight consecutive three-point shots made ? Went 4-of-4 from the field including 3-of-3 from three-point range en route to 12 points in Tennessee?s win over Vanderbilt (2/24/01) ? Scored a career high 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting and grabbed six rebounds against Arkansas (2/7/01) ? A solid defender who often times guarded the opponents? best perimeter player ? Against Syracuse (12/22/00) he limited the 6-foot-6 Preston Shumpert to a season-low 14 points on 6-of-17 shooting ... Shumpert entered the game ranked fourth in the nation with 23.6 points per game ? Additionally, he guarded Iowa?s Luke Recker (1-for-7 shooting), Austin Peay?s Trenton Hassell and SMU?s Jeryl Sasser ? Dished out a career-high seven assists in Tennessee?s victory over Vanderbilt (2/3/01) and also scored 10 points while tying a career-high with four steals ? He tied his then career-high 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 from three-point range against Alabama (1/9/00) ? Tied his then career-high with 13 points against Iowa (12/29/00) while establishing a season-high with seven rebounds ? Had just 31 turnovers in 812 minutes of action ? Committed a turnover against East Tennessee State, it was his first giveaway in four games, including three NCAA Tournament games.

1999-00 (Freshman)
Played in all 33 games, making 32 starts ... Stepped into starting role after Jenis Grindstaff was lost due to injury after the first game of the season ... Played the third-most minutes and averaged 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists ... Tied for second on team in three-pointers with 53 ... Excellent ball handler who made only one miscue every 23.9 minutes and played 13 games without a turnover ... Did not commit a turnover in 105 minutes of NCAA Tournament action as a true freshman ... Owned a team-best 1.82 assist-to-turnover ratio ... Made only 19 turnovers in the last 21 games after 20 in the first 12 ... Averaged 7.0 points in three NCAA Tournament games ... Six of seven field goals in the NCAA Tournament were three-pointers ... Did not make a turnover in all three NCAA Tournament games, covering 105 minutes of action ... Had nine points against Connecticut on three three-pointers which marked the 10th time on the season he scored at least nine in a game ... Pumped in eight on two three-pointers against North Carolina ... Scored in double-digits four times, including three straight against Southern Illinois (12 pts), Tulsa (13 pts) and Radford (11 pts) ... Scored 11 versus South Florida ... Hit at least two three-pointers on 17 occasions ... Knocked down a career-high four treys against Southern Illinois, while pulling down a season-high eight rebounds ... Dished out at least four assists eight times, including a career-best six in the Memphis game.

High School
Missed most of his senior season following preseason knee surgery ... Regarded as one of the Midwest?s top guard prospects following an outstanding junior campaign ... Averaged 15.1 points, 3.8 assists and 3.9 rebounds as a junior at Shaker Heights High School where he was named second-team All-State and to the All-City team by The Cleveland Plain Dealer ... Connected on 43 percent of his field goal attempts as a junior and 82 percent from the free-throw line ... Came back to play the final three weeks of his senior season and averaged 10 points, four rebounds and four assists in helping his team to a 25-2 mark and a runner-up finish in the state tournament ... High school teams had a four-year mark of 85-12, including a 47-4 mark the past two seasons ... Coached at Shaker Heights High School by Robert Wonson.

Personal
Born: December 4, 1980 ... Full name: Jonathan Franklin Higgins ... Academic Major: Arts & Sciences.

Year
FG-A
Pct
3FG-A
Pct
FT-A
Pct
Reb-Avg
Ast
Blk
Stl
Pts-Avg
2000
71-199
.357
53-148
.358
15-27
.556
102-3.1
71
2
34
210-6.4
2001
70-150
.467
53-109
.486
20-31
.645
116-3.5
80
5
34
213-6.5
2002
79-202
.391
50-139
.360
28-43
.651
139-4.5
122
2
31
236-7.6
2003
84-192
.438
53-129
.411
18-24
.750
84-3.1
79
3
31
239-8.9
Totals
124-122
.409
209-525
.398
81-125
.648
441.3.6
352
12
130
898-7.2

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