Tavelyn James

Position: Guard
Height: 5-7 • 170 cms
Weight: 142 • 64.4 kgs
School: Eastern Michigan '12
Hometown: Detroit, MI

USA Basketball

  • Named as a member of the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s Pan American Games Team on Sept. 27, 2011.

College Honors

  • All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) first team in 2010 and 2011.
  • Twice named MAC West Player of the Week in 2009-10 (1/20 and 3/7).
  • Scholar Athlete of the week twice in 2009-10 (1/13 and 1/4).
  • MAC All-Freshman Team in 2008-09.

College Notes

  • As a junior in 2010-11, started in 36 of 37 games played and averaged a team high 17.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game to help her team to a 24-13 record.
  • Fourth player in school history to surpass 1,500 points in a career, with 1,616.
  • With seven 3-pointers attempted at Akron (1/22), became the EMU career leader in three-point field goals attempted.
  • Set the EMU single-game standard for free throws made with a 15-of-16 performance from the charity strip (3/5/11), and finished the game with a season-best 36 points.
  • In 2010-11, also led her team in field goals made (227), 3-pointers made (74) and free throw percentage (.776).
  • Scored in double figures 33 times in 2010-11, including 14 contests with 20-or-more points.
  • As a sophomore in 2009-10, started in all 31 games and averaged 20.7 ppg., 2.9 rpg. and 1.8 spg. in 31 mpg. to help her team to a 22-9 record.
  • Led the MAC in scoring and 3-pointers made in 2009-10.
  • Ranked 11th nationally in points per game (20.7) in 2009-10.
  • The fastest Eagle to hit 1,000 points, doing so in just 57 career games.
  • First EMU player since 1985-86 to average more than 20.0 points per contest in 2009-10.
  • EMU single-game record holder with 40 points, twice, against Toledo (3-2-10) and Buffalo (2-3-10).
  • Top all-time scoring sophomore in MAC history in 2009-10, surpassing the previous standard of 635 points set in 1983-84.
  • Her 641 points ranked ninth in the single-season conference records.
  • Set EMU single-season record for points in a season in 2009-10.
  • Recorded 16 games with 20-or-more points in 2009-10.
  • Led the team in field goals made (220), 3point field goals made (86), free-throws made (115) and points per game (20.7) in 2009-10.
  • Tied the EMU single-game record with eight 3-pointers at Siena (11/20/09).
  • As a freshman in 2008-09, started in 20 of 29 games played and averaged 14.7 ppg., 2.9 rpg. in 30.8 mpg. as Eastern Michigan finished 8-21.
  • Her 14.7 ppg. and 426 total points made her the fourth leading scorer in the nation among freshmen and the first collegiate rookie to lead the Eagles in scoring since 1997-98.
  • Also averaged 1.7 apg. and 2.9 rpg. in 2008-09.
  • Scored more than 20 points seven times including a 31-point performance against Miami (3-11-09) in 2008-09.
  • Her 77.1 free throw percentage was second on the team in 2008-09.

High School Honors

  • An all-state selection all four seasons.
  • All-state second team, Detroit All-Metro first team and All-City first team as a senior in 2007-08.
  • Earned All-City second team and All-State third team accolades as a junior in 2006-07.
  • As a sophomore and freshman (2005-06 and 2004-05) named All-City honorable mention.

High School Notes

  • Played her senior season at Mumford High School in 2007-08 and three years at Mackenzie High School (2004-05 through 2006-07).
  • Averaged 23.2 ppg., 3.7 rpg., 3.7 apg. and 4.4 spg. her senior season for the Mustangs in 2007-08.
  • Second in the state in scoring.

Personal Notes

  • Born Tavelyn Brittany James on Feb. 2, 1990 to Columbus and Evelyn Gray in Detroit, Mich.; has one brother, Tremaine, and two sisters, TaShana and TaWana.
  • Majoring in Biology.
  • Graduated high school summa cum laude as an honor Roll recipient.

College Statistics

YEAR
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2010-11
37/36
227-599
.379
74-256
.289
114-147
.776
111/ 17.4
642/ 17.4
61
3
69
2009-10
31/31
220-550
.400
86-257
.335
115-144
.799
91/ 2.9
641/ 20.7
46
1
57
2008-09
29/20
155-391
.396
52-178
.292
64-83
.771
85/ 2.9
426/ 14.7
48
1
50
Totals
97/87
602-1540
.391
212-691
.307
293-374
.783
287/ 2.9
1709/ 17.6
155
5
176