J.P. Spatola
J.P. Spatola

Hometown:
Babylon, N.Y.

High School:
St. John the Baptist/USMAPS

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 188

Position:
Guard

Experience:
2VL

Major:
Management



Two-time letterman ... no longer with the program after quitting the team in November 2002.

As a sophomore: started every game at point guard for the second consecutive year ... finished third on the team in scoring at 9.1 ppg. ... also grabbed 2.4 rpg. ... shot .371 from the floor and .793 from the foul line ... connected at a .352 clip from three-point range ... registered 136 assists, the second-highest total since assists were first kept as a statistic in 1981-82 ... fell 26 helpers shy of the season mark (162) held by Ron Wilson ... ranked second in the Patriot League in assists (4.86 apg.) ... scored in double figures in 12 contests, including eight times against league foes ... posted rare points-assists double-double against New Hampshire on Jan. 7, forging 17 points and a career-high 14 assists ... it was the first such double-double by an Army player since February 1995 ... his assist total was one shy of the Academy single-game record of 15 held by Ron Wilson ... hit double digits in helpers on two other occasions, posting 11 in the season opener against Coast Guard and 10 in Army's road win over Lafayette ... his 17-point effort opposite UNH included a career-high five three-point baskets on nine attempts ... connected for four three-pointers in a game on two other instances (versus Cornell and at home against American) ... hit for season-high 19 points in home win over Lafayette ... matched that total in "Star" Game win over Navy in regular-season finale ... led the squad in scoring in four games, including the final two of the season, and tied for team point lead in one other tilt ... tied career high with seven rebounds in December road win over Albany ... opened campaign shooting just 5 of 33 (.152) from three-point range in opening 11 games, but rebounded to connect at a .437 clip (31 of 71) in the final 17 contests.

As a freshman: started every game at point guard ... averaged 7.8 ppg., fourth best on the team ... tallied 2.9 rpg. and led team in assists (96) and steals (26) ... listed third in the Patriot League in assists ... was named to the Patriot League's "All-Rookie Team," becoming the first Black Knight to accomplish that feat since his brother Chris did so in 1999 ... was 11th Army rookie to earn a spot on that team ... shot .359 from the floor, .360 from three-point range and .800 from the foul line ... ranked eighth in the league in free throw percentage ... also listed among league leaders in assist-turnover ratio, three-point shooting and three-point baskets per game ... made outstanding collegiate debut, scoring 10 points and dishing out four assists in Army's season-opening win over Coast Guard ... added six points and six assists in win over New Hampshire ... registered career-high 20 points in overtime loss to Cornell ... tied that with a 20-point game at Marist ... finished year with eight double-digit games ... scored at least one point in 25 games ... concluded regular season with three straight nine-point performances before being held scoreless in league tournament ... dished out season-high 10 assists in home win over Albany ... that total tied for the fourth highest at Army since 1981-82 and was a plebe record for that span ... it was the highest assist total since Babe Kwasniak's 10 assists against Central Connecticut on Dec. 10, 1997 ... scored nine points, dished out five assists, grabbed three rebounds and added two steals in Army's upset of regular season league champ Holy Cross in final league action of campaign ... made 4 of 6 three-point baskets in 14-point night at Albany ... earned four Patriot League "Rookie of the Week" awards, tying with "Rookie of the Year" Mark Linebaugh (Colgate) for the most among league newcomers ... teamed with brother Chris to sweep the league's awards on Jan. 26, marking the first time in league history that brothers won "Rookie of the Week" and "Player of the Week" accolades in the same week ... it is also believed that feat has never before occurred in any league.

High School/USMAPS: lettered four times in basketball while playing for father ... earned two letters at Lawrence Academy in Massachusetts before closing career with two letters at St. John the Baptist High in West Islip, N.Y. ... averaged 23.4 ppg., 4.2 rpg. and 6.1 apg. as a senior to earn All-LICHSAA honors ... was tabbed honorable mention all-league as a freshman and junior ... also spent a year honing his game as the USMA Prep School.

Personal: given name is John Patrick Spatola ... born Sept. 4, 1980 ... parents' names are Mike and Pamela Spatola ... brother Chris is 2002 Academy graduate and four-year basketball letterwinner ... father was a basketball letterman at St. John's ... lists as his athletic highlight playing basketball alongside brother Chris and for father Mike ... majoring in Management.

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