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IONA COLLEGE


Leland Norris 6-2 195 G

History

2000-2001: Quick, athletic guard appeared in all 33 games for the Gaels, earning the start in six contests. Connected on 48 of his 117 attempts from beyond the arc, good for 41.0%. Compiled career highs in points (214), rebounds (46), and minutes played (691). Led the team in assists five times and scored in double figures eight times. Scored eight points and grabbed three boards vs. Ole Miss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Hit two three-pointers and grabbed two rebounds and dished out three assists vs. Loyola in the MAAC quarterfinals. Tied his career-high with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while also dishing

1999-2000: Averaged 7.7 points and 2.6 assists while shooting 43.1% from three-point range in 14 games. Scored 13 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists at Morgan State. Received the first start of his career and responded with a season-high 14 points and tied his career-high with four three-pointers. Knocked down 6-of-7 shots and 2-of-3 from three-point range for 14 points in the loss to Fairfield.

1998-199: Appeared in 29 games, all coming off the bench. Finished the season strong, averaging 9.9 points and shooting 44.4% (16-for-36) from beyond the three point arc over the last nine games. Was third on the team with 21 three-pointers made. Had nine double-digit scoring games. Averaged 12.0 minutes per game, including over 17 minutes per game over the last 14 contests. Scored 13 points and dished out two assists in the win at Rider. Registered a career-high four steals to go along with seven points in MAAC Quarterfinal loss to Marist.

High School: Played four years at Sayreville High School and led the squad to a 20-5 record in his final season, while averaging 23.3 points per game 7.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per contest. Averaged 20.0 points, 6.7 rebounds 3.2 assists, and 2.7 steals per game as a junior. Earned Third Team All-State accolades in addition to being selected First Team All-County, All-Area and All-Red Division as a junior and senior.

Evaluation:

Norris was one of the better backup players in the MAAC last season, and with the graduation of Earl Johnson he will see more playing time this season. He will prove himself to be a solid point guard with good defensive skills. He has the ability to play professionally, whether it be in the CBA, NBDL, or overseas.

Dyree Wilson 6-5 205 F

History

2000-2001: Started 31 of the 33 games in which he appeared. Was a third team All-MAAC selectionwho finished third on the team in scoring (12.5), rebounding (4.7) and assists (2.0). Led Iona with seven 20+ scoring games, including a 26 point performance vs. Fairfield. Became the 25th Gael to score 1,000 career points, adding 12 points at home vs. Manhattan. Grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds, and added 20 points at home vs. Canisius. Tallied a season high 26 points, while grabbing four boards, dishing out three assists, and notching four steals at home vs. Fairfield. Earned all-tournament honors at the San Juan Shootout.

1999-2000: Named the Most Outstanding Player of the MAAC Tournament. Tied his career-high with 27 points on 12-of-17 shooting against Siena in the MAAC Championship game. Started 26 of 30 games in which he had appearedand ranked second on the team in scoring (14.6) and third on the team in minutes played (31.2) Averaged career-highs in points (14.6), rebounds (4.6), assists (1.9), and steals (0.9) while shooting a career-best 48.6% from the field.

1998-1999: Saw action in all 30 games, including starts in 11 of the last 12 games of the season at small forward. Earned MAAC All-Rookie honors. Named MAAC Rookie of the Week on two occasions. Scored in double figures on 13 occasions, including a season-high 27 points at Idaho. Finished fourth on the team in both scoring (9.1 ppg) and rebounding (3.9 rpg). Exploded on the college scene with five assists and three points in just 13 minutes versus Hawaii Pacific... Scored eight points and grabbed two rebounds in just 12 minutes at Canisius... Scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in 14 minutes against St. Francis. Made his first collegiate start at Siena, setting career-highs with 18 points and blocked shots with five. Continued to excel as a starter, scoring 23 points and going a perfect 11-for-11 from behind the charity stripe at Rider. Scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the loss at Idaho. Scored 14 points and tied his career-high with nine rebounds in the loss to Marist.

High School: Was a four-year letterwinner at Rice High School where he helped lead them to the New York City and State titles in both 1996 and 1998. The team was 24-4 and ranked #11 in the USA Today National High School Poll during his senior season. USA Today also ranked the Raiders 4th in their East Regional poll. Averaged 15.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game as a senior . Following his senior year, he was named to the All-Diocesan First Team and the All-City Third Team by the New York Post.

Evaluation:

Wilson is one of the most athletic players in the New York Metro area. He is a solid wing player who takes the ball to the basket strong. Additionally, he is a good defender on the ball, and an excellent defender off the ball as seen in his blocked shot numbers, which come from playing a wing spot. Wilson can definitely play professionally. Where is anbody's guess, maybe the CBA, maybe the NBDL, or maybe overseas.