#20 Jonathan Peoples
SENIOR SEASON (2009-10): Will serve as team captain for the Irish in 2009-10 along with teammates Luke Harangody and Tory Jackson … one of the team[apos]s most improved players over thecourse of the past two seasons … veteran in the Irish lineup, he can come off thebench and see time at point guard or as a shooting guard … has played in 95 careergames, including two starts … brings career averages of 2.9 points per game and 1.6rebounds per game into his senior campaign … has become comfortable playing inthe Irish system and has a great understanding of what is expected of him when hecomes off the bench … tough defender along the perimeter … has worked hard toimprove defensive skills … an excellent passer who sees the court extremely well …has learned to play with a great deal of confidence and should emerge as a significantcontributor in his third season with the Irish.
JUNIOR SEASON (2008-09): Played in all 36 games, making two starts … averaged 3.2 points per game and a career-best 2.3 rebounds per contest … dished out a career-high 44 assists … sharedthe team[apos]s Most Improved Player Award with Tyrone Nash … came off the bench inthe first 18 contests before earning his first career start against Marquette and subsequentcontest versus Pittsburgh … had best outing of his career coming off the benchagainst Providence as he scored a career-high 14 points, dished off a personal bestnine assists and grabbed three boards while playing a career-high 28 minutes … was5-8 from the field and 2-3 from three-point range against the Friars … scored netteda season-high eight points against Marquette … made a career-high four assistsversus the Golden Eagles … it marked the second double-figure scoring effort of hiscareer … netted eight points in previous outing versus West Virginia as he connectedon 3-4 shots from the field … scored seven points against St. John[apos]s and North Carolina… was a perfect 3-3 from the field against the Red Storm … grabbed a careerhighsix rebounds against Furman, in addition to scoring four points … grabbed fiverebounds in loss to Tar Heels … played double-digit minutes in all but eight games… played 22 minutes versus South Dakota … had three assists versus South Dakotaand Delaware State … matched career-high with three steals against USC-Upstate… notched three rebounds and three assists in victory over New Mexico in secondround of the National Invitation Tournament … tallied eight points against Penn Statein NIT semifinals … was 3-4 from the field and 2-2 from three-point range againstthe Nittany Lions.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007-08): Came off the bench and played in all 33 contests … averaged 3.3 points and 1.6 rebounds … played 10-plus minutes in all but 11 of those contests … scored acareer-high 12 points in 11 minutes against Georgetown as he connected on 5-6shots from the field and was 2-2 from three-point range in addition to grabbing fourrebounds … scored seven points and matched career-high with five rebounds inwin over Marquette … was a perfect 3-3 from the field in scoring seven points in 11minutes against Syracuse … dished off a career-high five assists in win at DePaul …played 15 minutes in season opener against Long Island as he netted five points andgrabbed three rebounds … scored a season-high eight points against Monmouthin 13 minutes as he connected on 3-4 shots from the field and was 2-2 from threepointrange … played a career-high 20 minutes against Baylor … scored four points,grabbed three rebounds and dished off a career-high four assists versus Colgate in18 minutes … also played 20 minutes in win over Northern Illinois and matched hisseason-highs of eight points and four assists as he connected on 3-4 shots from the field… scored eight points and dished off two assists in 18 minutes versus Brown and thenfollowed that up with a six-point performance, playing a career-high 22 minutes againstNorth Florida … played 20 minutes against Marquette and finished with four pointsand four rebounds.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2006-07): Played 26 games during his rookie season and saw action in all 16 BIG EAST contests … averaged 1.8 points and 0.8 rebounds … has logged double-digit minutes in six games … finished with a career-high nine points and matched a season best with three assistsin 19 minutes off the bench against Seton Hall … played 14 minutes against Villanovaand had three steals … netted seven points as he finished 2-2 from the field and 2-2 from the free-throw line in seven minutes of action off the bench versus Winston-SalemSt. … played eight minutes against Army and scored three points … scored five pointsagainst Rider … scored a basket in season opener against IPFW for first collegiate points… connected on 3-4 from the line against Lafayette … played six minutes off the benchagainst Elon … came off the bench and played 13 minutes against Stony Brook andfinished with one rebound, one assist and one steal … made three steals in 14 minutesoff the bench against Villanova … also had three assists in the West Virginia game andthree rebounds … grabbed a career-high five rebounds in win over South Florida …scored five points in six minutes off the bench versus Cincinnati … played six minutesin NCAA Tournament first round contest versus Winthrop.
AWARDS AND HONORS: Most Improved Player Award (2009) … Team Irish Award (2007).
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner under head coach Gene Pingatore … a three-year starter … earned East Suburban Catholic all-conference honors as a sophomore, junior and seniorand was selected conference MVP in his senior season … named Suburban LifePlayer of the Year … all-area selection by the Chicago Sun Times … selected all-stateby Chicago Sun Times and Champaign News Gazette … first-team all-state selectionby the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association … second team Associated Press all-statehonoree … averaged 15.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in his senior seasonafter netting 15.0 points, grabbing 4.0 rebounds and dishing off 3.0 assists as a junior… helped St. Joseph to a 28-2 record in 2005-06 as his prep team captured the EastSuburban Catholic league crown for the third straight year while registering its third consecutiveundefeated season … led high school team to 99-18 record the second-mostvictories spanning four season … those wins also included a 39-0 mark in conferenceplay in final three campaigns … led St. Joseph to sectional finals in both his juniorand senior campaigns and an appearance in the Super Sectional championship in hissophomore year (2004) … concluded his career with 1,237 points, 339 rebounds, 285assists, 120 steals and 54 blocked shots … owned a career shooting percentage of .510and career three-point shooting mark of .420 … named to all-tournament teams at St.Charles East and Proviso West … played for the North team in North/South All-StarGame and in several other all-star games.
PERSONAL: Full name is Jonathan Tremaine Peoples … youngest of two children … older brotherChauncy played basketball at Robert Morris … cousin Sergio Brown is a senior memberof Irish football team … son of Nathan and Deborah Peoples … born 6-11-88 inLaGrange, Ill. … enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters and is majoring in sociologyand computer applications.
Peoples[apos] Career Statistics
Peoples in the BIG EAST Conference