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Jimmy Sotos

Guard

Player profile

  • Height 6-3
  • Weight 200
  • Year Sr.
  • Hometown Elk Grove Village, Ill.
  • H.S./Last School Bucknell

2019-20 at Bucknell
Starting point guard … only Bison to start all 34 games … led the team in scoring (11.5) and assists (3.9), becoming just the 8th Bison to do so and 1st since Darryl Shazier in 2010-11 … also led the squad in steals (1.6) and FT% (.800) … shot 40.6 FG%, 37.1 3FG%, 80.0 FT% … scored in double figures 20 times, including 5 20-pt. games … among Patriot League Leaders ranked 17th in scoring, 5th in assists, 4th in steals, 6th in FT%, 9th in 3FG%, 9th in asst/TO, 13th in minutes played (32.2) … tallied 12 pts., 7 reb. in home opener vs. Vermont … huge game in win over Hofstra with career-high 24 pts. (8-13 FG, 4-7 3FG, 4-4 FT), with 15 pts. in 2nd half … 10 pts., 6 asst. at Penn State … team-high 14 pts. (4-8 3FG), 3 stl. vs. Yale … hit 7-9 FG, 5-5 FT on the way to 20 pts. vs. Princeton … handed out 10 asst. at Rider … big game in 65-64 win over Albany with 23 pts. … scored 20 pts. in 2nd half, including team’s final 10 of game … became 1st Bison to score 20 pts. in a half since Zach Thomas vs. Michigan State in 2018 NCAA Tournament … set career highs for FTM (11A) and FTA (13) … filled up the stat sheet with 23 pts., 7 reb., 4 stl., 3 asst. at Siena … hit tiebreaking 3FG with 1:43 remaining in home win over Army … had 16 pts., 5 asst. in the game … held to 4 pts. by Holy Cross at home, but had 8 asst., 3 stl. in a 15-pt. win … hit two late 3FGs to help hold off a Lehigh rally in home win … nice game at Lehigh with 20 pts. (7-12 FG), 5 reb., 3 asst., 2 stl. … big performance in home win over Colgate with 17 pts., 7 reb., 3 asst., 3 stl. … scored 6 pts. in final 4:57 to help Bucknell rally from 6 down to win 71-70 … hit a go-ahead jumper with 0:53 left, and after Colgate tied it with a FT, made the pass that set up Paul Newman’s game-winning FT with 0:07 left … team-high 19 pts. in regular-season finale at Boston U. … had 4 pts., 5 asst. in PL quarterfinal win at American, but had 2 critical plays in the last 45 seconds … with the Bison 60-58, took a charge on Sa’eed Nelson, then scored on a driving layup with 0:18 left to make it a 4-pt. game … recorded 10 pts. in PL semifinals at Boston U.

2018-19 at Bucknell
Played in 31 of 33 games as Bucknell’s lead point guard, missing 2G due to injury … averaged 8.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 6.1 apg … led the Patriot League and ranked 18th nationally in assists … only the 2nd Bucknell player win the PL assist title, joining Darryl Shazier who did it twice (2008-09, 2010-11) … 6.1 apg were most by a Bison since Mike Joseph averaged 6.3 apg in 1989-90 … only 5th time a Bucknell player logged 6+ apg (Joseph twice, Chris Seneca twice) … over last 20G of season averaged 6.7 apg … 189 assists were 3rd-most in team history, behind only Seneca’s 197 in 1986-87 and 191 in 1985-86 … total was also 7th-highest in PL history … ranked 2nd in PL in asst/TO ratio (2.1) … starting point guard on opening night at St. Bonaventure and had a wild ride with 14 pts. (3-5 FG, 1-1 3FG, 7-8 FT), 7 asst., 7 TO … set career highs for pts. and asst., and helped ice the game with a pair of FTs with 0:07 left in OT … big night vs. Canisius with career-high 23 pts. (9-12 FG, 5-7 3FG) with 6 reb. … career-high 8 asst. vs. Northeastern … followed that up with 7 asst. with 10 pts. in a win over Monmouth … terrific in Bucknell’s two wins at the Diamond Head Classic … vs. Rhode Island had 16 pts. (3-3 FG, 3-3 3FG, 7-8 FT), 6 asst. … had 14 pts. and tournament-record 12 asst. with just 1 TO in rout of UNLV … 12 asst. were most by a Bison since 1991-92, when Russell Peyton had a school-record 16 vs. UMBC … backed up that performance with 11 asst. along with 9 pts., 7 reb. in win at Army … had 9 pts., 9 asst., 7 reb. in 2nd half alone, when Bucknell rallied from 26 down to win 64-63 … became the first Bison to record back-to-back double-digit assist games since Chris Seneca in 1986-87, and the first ever to have 11 or more in two straight games … had 10 pts., 8 asst. in home win over Holy Cross … made the game-winning layup with 1.2 seconds remaining in an 85-83 win at Lehigh … had 10 pts., 6 reb., 5 asst. in that game … scored the winning points for the 2nd straight game in the home win over Loyola … broke a 68-68 tie by hitting all 3 FTs after being fouled on a 3FG attempt with 5.8 seconds remaining … missed the Jan. 30 home game vs. Navy and Feb. 2 game at Lafayette due to injury (1st career DNPs) … returned to action at Loyola and had 6 pts., 6 asst. in a Bison win … 12 pts., 5 reb., 5 asst. in home win over Lehigh … career-high 6 stl. at Colgate … that was the most by a Bison since Charles Lee had 6 vs. Army in 2005-06 … big game in home rout of Lafayette with 17 pts., 9 asst., 2 stl. in 20 min. … 20 asst. in 3 PL Tournament games, including 8 in championship game at Colgate.

2017-18 at Bucknell 
Welcome addition to the Bison as a freshman guard … played in all 35 games with 13 starts … averaged 4.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.0 apg … shot 39.5 FG%, 39.3 3FG%, 77.8 FT% … made collegiate debut on opening night at Monmouth and hit a key 2nd-half 3FG that broke a 64-64 tie … 5 pts. at both Arkansas and North Carolina … terrific in 22 min. in rout of Siena, with 10 pts. (2-3 3FG, 4-4 FT), 5 asst., 2 stl. … strong 28 min. in home win over Ball State with 12 pts. (2-4 FG, 8-10 FT) … scored all 12 pts. in 2nd half of close game, including 2 big drives for layups … went 3-3 3FG and had 10 pts., 3 asst., 0 TO in road win at Stony Brook … named Patriot League Rookie of the Week on 11/27 after the 3 straight double-digit scoring games … made first collegiate start at Saint Joseph’s and had 4 pts., 6 reb., 4 asst., 2 stl. … season-high 13 pts. with 3 asst. at VCU … career-high 8 reb. along with 4 asst. and just 1 TO in 28 min. vs. American … 13 pts. (4-7 FG, 3-5 3FG), career-high 5 stl. in win at Army … 4 asst. in PL championship game win over Colgate … was terrific in 24 min. vs. Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament … had 5 pts. (2-2 FG, 1-1 3FG), 7 reb., 2 asst., 2 stl.

HIGH SCHOOL/PERSONAL
James Joseph Sotos … born Sept. 4, 1998 in Arlington Heights, Ill. … son of Jim and Katy Sotos … father played professional basketball in Greece after playing collegiately at Aurora College … has three older brothers, who all have played college basketball … the oldest, Tommy, played at the University of Chicago; Christian played at Carroll University; and Danny will be a senior at Lake Forest College … played three varsity seasons for coach Tom McCormack at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, Ill. … grew from 5’2” as a freshman in high school to 6’3” by his senior year … as a senior helped lead his team to a 27-5 record … earned Chicago Sun Times All-Area honors … Second Team All-State 3A/4A … Illinois Prep All-State 4th Team selection … averaged 16.3 points, 4.4 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals while shooting 48% from the field and 84% from the foul line as a senior … helped his team to area and conference titles and a berth in the final eight of the state playoffs as a junior … averaged 16 points and 4.5 assists as a junior, while garnering area and conference player of the year honors … played AAU ball for Young Legends and played on the UnderArmour Circuit … majoring in economics.