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John Linehan 5-9 165 G


2000-01: Scored 17 points against Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Recorded a team season-high six steals against Massachusetts. Was a perfect 4-4 from the floor (3-3 three pointers) and was 6-6 from the free-throw line versus UMass. Registered seven assists (tied team season high) and five steals against Brown. Made six steals, dished out six assists and grabbed six rebounds against Villanova. Scored 19 points and made five steals versus Connecticut. Named BIG EAST Player of the Week on January 15. Scored 20 points and made a career-high six three pointers (6-7) versus Villanova. Registered a career-high 22 points and tied his career high shooting 7-12 from the field against Boston College. Led the BIG EAST in steals with 53 in 16 conference games (3.31. Led the BIG EAST in steals in overall action and was fourth in the nation, averaging 3.12 thefts per game. Named Second Team NABC All-District 1. Named to the College Insider.Com All-Defensive Team. Named College Insider.Com National Defensive Player of the Year. Named Second Team All-BIG EAST...Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. Earned the team's Jimmy Walker Most Valuable Player Award and the Marvin Barnes Defensive Player Award. Ranks second all-time in steals at Providence with 246 in 91 games (2.70).

1999-00: Co-captain along with Erron Maxey. Had season highs with five assists and four steals versus Central Connecticut.

1998-99: Started all 30 games for the Friars as a sophomore. Averaged 4.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.3 steals in 22 minutes per game. Led Providence in assists (113) and steals (98). Led the BIG EAST in steals and was tied for fourth in the nation with 3.3 per game. Had career high 10 assists versus Rhode Island. Equalled career high with nine steals versus Georgetown. Tied BIG EAST Tournament record with seven steals versus Georgetown. Set a Providence College record for sophomores with 98 steals. Winner of Marvin Barnes "Defensive Player of the Year" for second consecutive year.

1997-98: Played in all 29 games, making 14 starts as a frosh. Averaged 5.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals. Had 14 points (2-5 FG, 10-10 FT) and nine steals versus Pittsburgh. Started season with 33 consecutive free throws. Winner of Marvin Barnes "Defensive Player of the Year Award".

HIGH SCHOOL: Played high school basketball at Chester High School in Chester, Pa. Attended Winchendon Prep School to improve his chances to attend a high Division I school. Named Boston Globe All-Scholastic. Led Winchendon School 25-6 record and the New England Prep School Championship (1997). Was named Most Valuable Player in Class A NEPSAC Championship Tourney. Averaged 11.0 points, eight assists and three steals per game at Winchendon. Team captain and Dean's List student at Winchendon. Led Chester High School to 1994 State Championship and District Championship in 1995. All-State and All-Conference selection as a senior.


There is not a better perimeter defender than Linehan. He forces the opposing coach to have to deal with him because of the chaos he causes defensively. He is a tremendous leader as evidenced by the fact that he is a two year team captain. Offensively, he can take the ball to the basket and get the ball into the hands of the players who should have the ball. Linehan is a definite pro prospect. He could get a chance in an NBA tryout camp, but he is more likely to play in the NBDL, CBA, ABA, or internationally.