TUESDAY, JULY 09, 2002
Basketball Names Shawn Platts Assistant Coach

July 9, 2002

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has hired former Dolphin standout Shawn Platts as an assistant basketball coach, athletic director and men's basketball coach Hugh Durham announced today. Platts replaces Marcus King who accepted an assistant coach position at Butler (Kan.) Community College closer to his native Oklahoma.

Platts was a big key in the turnaround of the JU basketball program, which went 18-10 during his senior season, marking the first winning season in six years and just the second 18-win season since 1980. The 6-foot-3 guard started 72-of-76 games during his three-year career at JU from 1998-2001, where he averaged 10.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Platts led the Dolphins in scoring as a senior in 2000-01 with 14.5 points per game en route to Second-Team All-Atlantic Sun honors, while shooting a team-best 56 percent from the field, 84 percent from the free throw line and 47 percent from outside the arc. He ranks fourth all-time at JU with a 43 percent career three-point field goal percentage, while ranking ninth all-time in the Dolphins' record book with 88 career treys.

"Shawn was a leader on and off the court for us as a player," said Durham, who is just nine wins shy of becoming the 12th active coach in Division I with 600 career victories (591-385). "His competitive nature and complete knowledge of our system makes him a natural fit for the position. We are thrilled to have Shawn back in the program with us as a coach."

After a four-year standout career at Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville, Platts averaged 10.1 points and 8.0 rebounds as a freshman at Florida Community College-Jacksonville before transferring to JU when Durham was hired as head coach in 1998. The Jacksonville native earned his B.S. in computer information systems from JU in 2002, then played professionally in France and with the St. Joseph's (Mo.) Express of the USBL.

JU has posted back-to-back 18-win seasons, marking the most victories in a two-year span in 15 years. The Dolphins tied a school record last season with 12 conference wins and won seven games on the road, the most since 1973-74. JU also returns four of its five starters from last year's 18-12 team, including two of the Dolphins' top two scorers in Kevin Sheppard (13.5 ppg, 4.1 apg) and Calvin Warner (13.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg).