Junior 1998-99: Started 29 of 30 games averaging 17.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in a team-high 36.0 minutes per game . . . first team ALL-BIG EAST selection and voted the league’s Most Improved Player . . . named BIG EAST player of the week three times (12-21-98, 1-4-99 and 2-22-99) . . . led team in three-point field goals (70) and three-point field goal attempts (175) . . . ranked second on the team in scoring and assists (88) and was third in blocks (17) . . . ranked fifth in the conference for scoring . . . led team with 29 double figure scoring games including eleven 20-point scoring games and two 30-point scoring games . . . scored in double-figures in the final 25 games of the season. In the Regular Season: Played 37 minutes against Memphis (12-22-98) and recorded 22 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals . . . was 8-of-16 from the field, including 4-of-8 from three-point range and 2-of-2 from the line . . . poured in a career-high 35 points including the go ahead basket with 17 seconds remaining to lead Miami to a win at Georgetown (12-30-98) . . . was 11-20 from the field, including 5-9 from three-point range and 8-8 from the line . . . recorded 19 points, four rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes against No. 9 St. John’s (1-6-99) . . . scored 18 points, all in the first half, against No. 1 ranked Connecticut . . . played a career-high 44 minutes and registered three rebounds, one steal and a career-high 3 blocked shots . . . poured in a game-high 29 points against No. 9 St. John’s (2-3-99) . . . played the entire 40 minutes and was 7-17 from the floor, 3-8 from three-point range and 12-13 from the line . . . also registered six rebounds, two assists, one block and three steals . . . scored a game-high 26 points at No. 18 Syracuse (2-8-99) . . . connected on 5-13 from the field, 3-6 from three-point range and 8-8 from the line . . . poured in a game-high 26 points against Villanova (2-16-99) connecting on 10-15 from the field including 6-10 from three-point range . . . scored a game-high 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds in 39 minutes of action at No. 2 ranked Connecticut (2-20-99). In the Big East Tournament: Averaged a team-high 19.0 points per game in the Hurricanes’ two games . . . also averaged 5.0 rebounds while shooting 8-18 (.444) from three-point range . . . recorded 18 points and six rebounds in the Hurricanes’ win over Georgetown (3-4-99) . . . played the entire 40 minutes against St. John’s (3-5-99) and recorded 20 points and four rebounds. In the NCAA Tournament: Averaged 22 points, five rebounds and 2.5 steals in the Hurricanes’ two games . . . was 15-of-28 (.536) from the field including 9-of-14 (.643) from three-point range in Miami’s two NCAA tournament games . . . scored 31 points in Miami’s opening round game against Lafayette (3-12-99) connecting on a University of Miami and NCAA East Regional record nine three-point baskets . . . recorded 13 points and seven rebounds in the Hurricanes’ second round game against Purdue (3-14-99)
1998 South America Tour: Played and started in all four games . . . was second on the team in scoring with a 14.0 points per game average . . . also averaged 3.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game . . . hit a team high-five three pointers and was 15-of-16 (.938) from the line . . . recorded nine points, four rebounds and tied for team-high honors with six assists against Boca Juniors . . . registered 16 points, three assists and two steals in the Hurricanes’ victory over Andino Sports Club . . . recorded seven points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal against the Argentine National Team . . . scored 22 points to go with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in the tour finale against Welcome Athletic Club.
Sophomore 1997-98: Played in 24 games making 18 starts . . . ranked second on the team in scoring (14.1 ppg), third in rebounding (4.3 rpg) and fourth in minutes played (718) . . . was second on team in free throw percentage (.786) . . . scored in double figures in 20 of 24 games and led the team in scoring on seven occasions . . . had five 20-point games to rank second on team. In the Regular Season: Recorded a team-high 18 points against St. John’s (1-13-98) . . . recorded a team-high 20 points to go with three rebounds, four assists and two steals in 36 minutes against Pittsburgh (1-3-98) . . . was 8-of-18 from the floor, including 1-of-4 from three point range, and 3-of-3 from the line . . . named BIG EAST Player of the Week for week ending Jan. 4 after leading Miami to wins at Seton Hall and at Pittsburgh . . . led Miami with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in 35 minutes against Seton Hall (12-31-97) . . . double-double was first of his career . . . scored a career high 22 points, 20 in the second half, and pulled down six rebounds against Georgia State . . . was 6-of-8 from the field and 10-of-10 from the line in 27 minutes of action . . . recorded 20 points and six rebounds at Jacksonville (11-29-97) . . . connected on 6-of-9 from the field, including 2-of-4 from three point range and 6-of-6 from the line . . . scored 18 points vs. 17th ranked UNC Charlotte (11-21-97) . . . made first career start against Southern Illinois (11-14-97) recording 16 points in 24 minutes of action. In the BIG EAST Tournament: Played 34 minutes off the bench and recorded a team-high 20 points in opening round loss to Georgetown (3-4-98) t the BIG EAST Tournament . . . was 8-of-16 from the field, including 2-of-8 from three-point range, and pulled down four rebounds. In the NCAA Tournament: Came off the bench in Miami’s NCAA Tournament game against UCLA (3-13-98) and earned Cheverolet Player of the Game honors recording his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Freshman 1996-97: Appeared in 24 games and averaged 12.4 minutes per game . . . converted 19-of-24 free throw attempts (.792). In the Regular Season: Tied for team-high honors with 11 points and recorded a season-high four rebounds in Miami’s upset win over 7th ranked Villanova (1-11-97) . . . had nine points and registered season-highs in assists (3), steals (3) and minutes (23) against Lehigh (12-30-96) . . . had eight points and three rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench in collegiate debut against Buffalo (11-22-96). In the BIG EAST Tournament: Recorded two points, two assists and one steal in two games . . . played nine minutes in Miami’s win over St. John’s (3-5-97) recording one assist . . . did not score shooting 0-of-1 from the floor . . . scored two points in 10 minutes off the bench against Georgetown (3-6-97) . . . was 1-for-3 from the floor and recorded one assist and one steal. In the National Invitational Tournament: Played 11 minutes off the bench recording four points, on 2-of-4 shooting and one rebound against Michigan (3-13-97).
High School: Southern High in Baltimore, MD . . . earned Street & Smith’s honorable mention All-America status in both his junior and senior seasons . . . was a two-time All-Metro selection by the Baltimore Sun . . . averaged 17.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists as a senior while leading Southern to a 24-3 record, a state Class 4A Championship and a 10th place ranking in the final 1996 USA Today Top 25 High School Poll . . . Baltimore’s top high school prospect and the lone Baltimore-area player to play in the Capital Classic . . . four-year starter who helped guide Southern in his senior year . . . Coached by Meredith Smith.
Personal: Liberal Arts major . . . full name is John Richard Hemsley . . . born August 25, 1977 in Trenton, NJ . . . parents are Richard and Karen Hemsley . . . has six brothers (Kay-25, Power-24, Nate-23, Under-23, Brian-18, Irin-16) . . . chose UM over Georgetown, Maryland, California and Pittsburgh . . . like listening to music in his free time and lists basketball, baseball and video games among his hobbies.