Jim made All-Metropolitan in the DC area while only playing half the season for Groveton High. As a freshman he averaged 12.9 points and 9.4 rebounds on the freshman team. Entering his sophomore year he was the youngest player on the 1966 varsity team. His freshman year it was believed that he had shown excellent potential but needed to steady himself, mature and be brought along slowly. Jim was, however, redshirted in 1966 due to operations on both his knees. Returning his junior year was considered a flashy type who could play either a wing or backline position. However, because he was injury plagued it was believed if he was healthy he could potentially add board strength with his great leaping ability. His speed and shooting talents would have fit well into the fast break attack.
Stansbury Hall (interior)