Jimmy Sherwood Finds Division II Home

Jimmy Sherwood, who was an integral component in Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart's so-called "1040" substitution program, last month signed with Division II Arkansas Tech of the Gulf South Conference. Sherwood left the Dukes last December after seeing limited action in two games.

Junior small forward Jimmy Sherwood saw his opportunity to contribute to Duquesne's men's basketball team had become more limited with a nine-player freshmen class coming on board for the 2008-09 season.

Sherwood was a walk-on with Coach Everhart's first team on the Bluff. The Sharon, Mass. native provided much-needed minutes as an undersized forward especially when two squads of five players interchanged time on the court in a fashion reminiscent of hockey line changes.

The team was 5-10 heading into an Atlantic 10 Conference match at Massachusetts on January 21, 2007 when "1040" was launched. The Dukes lost that game to drop to 1-4 in league play. The next game, versus Dayton at the Palumbo Center, started a six-game winning streak that powered the Red & Blue to a remarkable 10-18 record, 6-10 in the A-10 and the number 10 seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament. Saint Louis edged the Dukes, 78-77, in the first round of the tourney.

In 24 games with the Dukes, Sherwood averaged 3.0 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.4 steals per contest with an assist / turnover average of 2.00.

Sherwood performed well in the 2008 Pittsburgh Pro Am Summer League and was one of two representatives on the Atlantic-10 Student-Athletic Advisory Committee.

Arkansas Tech head coach Mark Downey said when Sherwood's signing was announced on August 21st:

    "Jimmy will give us a tough, hard-nosed athlete on the wing. He is a very hard worker, who loves to work on his game. During his freshman year at Duquesne, he stepped in at the power forward position and held his own in the A-10 Conference. That same toughness helped him win the small school co-MVP honors in the prestigious Pittsburgh Pro-AM."

Sherwood graduated from Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass. before taking a year at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass. where he averaged 22.0 points 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in 2005-06.

Last season, the ATU Wonder Boys finished 23-9, 9-5 in the the Gulf South Conference; won the program's first GSC Championship; lost in overtime (95-92) in the NCAA Division II South Regional semifinals to Florida Southern; and received votes in the final Division II coaches poll and was ninth in the D-II South Region poll.

In other Duquesne news, redshirt junior walk-on Lucas Newton, who also took a look at other programs where more playing time would be possible, has returned to the Dukes' roster for the 2009-10 season.