Oct. 12, 2005
Seniors Torin Francis (Boston, Mass.) and Chris Quinn (Dublin, Ohio) have been elected captains for the 2005-06 men’s basketball season. Both served as one of four captains during the 2004-05 campaign. There have been only 10 others players in the 100-year history of the program to serve as two-time captains.
Francis, a 6-11, 252-pound forward, has been a three-year starter for the Irish and has started all 83 games he has played in during his Notre Dame career, averaging 11.2 points and 8.3 rebounds. In his junior season a year ago, Francis averaged 9.3 points and 7.8 rebounds, reached double figures in scoring on 14 occasions and six double-doubles. As a sophomore, he missed the final 12 games of the 2003-04 campaign with a back injury, but still averaged career-bests of 14.2 points and 8.8 rebounds and also earned BIG EAT honorable mention all-conference honors. During his freshman year in 2002-03, he averaged 11.1 points and 8.4 rebounds en route to being named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team.
In 83 career outings, Francis has scored in double figures 48 times, netted 20-plus points on 10 occasions, grabbed 10-plus rebounds 28 times and registered 23 double-doubles.
Quinn returns for his final season as Notre Dame’s top returning scorer from a year ago after averaging 12.6 points per game (second in the scoring column a year ago). In addition, he finished second in assists with a 3.1 average. Quinn has played in all but one game during his Irish career (94 of 95) and has made 53 starts. The 6-2, 185-pound guard registered double figures in 21 of the 27 contests he played in a year ago and in 47 career outings. Quinn has netted 20-plus points in eight career games, including a personal-best 25 points on three occasions.
Quinn owns a career scoring average of 10.1 points per game, while his assist total of 241 ranks 15th all-time.
Both Francis and Quinn are approaching the 1,000-point milestones in their career — Quinn has 941 points, while Francis has 931. Forty-three players in the program’s history have reached the 1,000-point mark in their careers.