In historic Memorial Gym Saturday night, the University of Idaho honored the six seniors from the Vandal Men's Basketball team, including guard/forward <b>Dandrick Jones</b>, the scoring leader on the team.<br>
<i>Among this class is guard Tanoris Shepard, who is expected to earn his degree this spring, making him eligible for one more season and a return in 2005-2006.</i><br>
Men's Basketball Head Coach Leonard Perry
, in his fourth season at Idaho, addressed the Vandal faithful before each senior was individually introduced in a ceremony during Idaho's last home game of the 2004-2005 season last Saturday night.
"These nights are always very difficult...to say good-bye to these seniors," Perry said. "They've given us a lot of hard work, a lot of great memories. We've beaten some unbelievable teams. We've been involved in a lot of close games together, and I'm really proud of how hard they practiced and they how they represented this program. They're what being a Vandal is all about.
"I'm really, really proud to have been a part of their lives for the last 2 years. I appreciate all of their hard work...everything that they've done for this program. I love them all to death and wish them nothing but the best as they go on with their lives."
In honor of the senior class, we present each athlete below in alphabetical order:
#44 MATT ANDERSON
: Matt was on the University of Idaho
golf team two years before playing basketball for the Vandals. He is a native of Mountain Home, Idaho. He will graduate this spring with a degree in accounting. Going into this Friday's game he has grabbed 15 rebounds, scored 7 points, has blocked 3 shots, and has 2 steals and an assist.
#42 LIONEL DAVIS
: Lionel is a two-year letterman joining the Vandals after graduating from Chaffey College. He is a native of Fontana, CA, and will graduate this spring with a degree in communications studies. A major defensive force on the front line, Davis leads the Vandals in blocked shots with 25. He also has 171 rebounds and 17 steals (both third on the team).
#2 DANDRICK JONES
: Dandrick is a two-year letterman for the Vandals after transferring from Trinidad State College. He is a native of Dallas, Texas, and will graduate this spring with a degree in communication studies. Jones is the top Vandals scorer with 465 points, and is among the Big West leaders with a 16.6 points-per-game average. He is second in minutes played averaging 32 minutes a night. He is second to Lyons in rebounding, with 63 offensive and 89 defensive boards for a total of 152. He has 50 assists which is tops among the Vandal front court, and third overall on the team. Defensively he leads the Vandals in steal with 51 and is third in blocked shots with 10.
#32 ARMEND KAHRIMANOVIC
: AK is a two-year letterman for the Vandals after transferring from Mineral Area College. He is a native of Zenica, Bosnia and will graduate this spring with a degree in visual communications. He has 131 points, including 21 3-pointers (third on the team), 72 rebounds, 15 assists, 10 steals and 8 blocked shots.
#25 ANTON LYONS
: Anton is a two-year letterman for the Vandals after transferring from Santa Rosa Junior College. He is a native of Vallejo, CA and will graduate this spring with a degree in communication studies. Lyons leads the Vandals in all rebounding categories with 200 boards total, including 66 offensive and 134 defensive. He's second in blocked shots with 17 and is tied for second in scoring with 339 points. He has also handed out 27 assists and has 12 steals on the season.
#11 TANORIS SHEPARD
: Tanoris is a two-year letterman for the Vandals, having come to the University of Idaho out of Saginaw High School in Saginaw, Mich. He is tied as the team's #2 scorer averaging 12.1 points per game in a team-best 33.1 minutes per game (he's started 27 of 28 games on the year). Offensively he has a team-best 91 assists on the season, and is among the team's defensive leaders with 20 steals on the year. He's shooting 67% from the free-throw line and 48% from the field. Expected to earn his degree this spring, Tanoris should be eligible for one more season at Idaho.