April 11, 2008

James returns for senior season

The Marquette basketball program received some much needed good news Thursday night when junior guard Dominic James announced he will return for his senior season. James' return provides stability to a team that has been rocked with uncertainty over the last ten days.

"It's a major decision," James said at the MU basketball awards banquet Thursday night. "I had to talk to my family about it. I'm confident in Buzz (Williams). When they (Marquette) made that decision, I was confident in the head coach we were going to have next year, regardless of if I was here or not. But I feel like my future is in the best hands back here at Marquette."

James, who averaged 12.9 points, 4.4 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game on his way to Second Team All-Big East honors, left no questions about the potential and goal of next year's MU team.

"I'm coming back for my senior year with a core group of guys that's ready to win," James added. "That's what I'm about, too."

James will continue to climb through the MU record books already 4th all-time in assists (488) and 15th in points scored (1431). With him joining Jerel McNeal and Wesley Matthews in the 2008/2009 season, the Golden Eagles will boast three 1,000 point career scorers and one of the best back courts in the nation.

With the continued improvement of forward Lazar Hayward, MU will again be a team to be reckoned with in the Big East.

"For all our guys, regardless of their futures, we want to make sure that we put them in the best possible position that we can put them in as it relates to their time at Marquette, and I think that Dominic felt like this was the best decision for him," Williams said.

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