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#14 Ben Louis
Position: Guard
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 200
Year: Senior
City/State: Melbourne, Australia,
High School: St. Francis Xavier
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  • All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Represented JMU at CAA awards banquet by claiming CAA All-Academic Honorable Mention as well as being recognized as JMU's nominee for the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award
  • Played in the second-most games in JMU history with 123 in his four-year career
  • First points (5) of the season at Radford while sharing team-high honors with four assists in 20 minutes
  • Three-pointer and assisted three on consecutive possessions sparked key 10-0 run against Marshall, finishing with season-high five assists
  • Season highs of seven points and seven assists in home win over Towson
  • Seven points and four assists in season-high 23 minutes at William and Mary
  • Seven points on 3-3 shooting and three assists vs. Georgia State
  • Moved into second in JMU career history in games played (121) last week at VCU


  • Played in each JMU game. Has made 21 starts overall, including the team's last 10 games.
  • Had 51 steals, matching JMU's No. 4 all-time season mark and its best season mark since 2002-03.
  • Among CAA players tied for for seventh in steals per game (1.5).
  • Played 36 minutes and had a career-high 17 points Feb. 22 vs. Longwood. Hit on seven of 14 shots (both career highs) and had six rebounds and a career-best five steals.
  • At Canisius in a career-high 37 minutes had eight points, a team-high five assists, two rebounds and a career-high-tying two blocked shots.
  • Gave JMU its 69-66 win vs. Towson Jan. 9 with a three-pointer with 1.5 seconds left. Also ended the first half with a three and had 10 points and five rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench.
  • Matched his then-season high of 35 minutes vs. VCU Feb. 13 and had four points, rebounds and assists and three steals.
  • Vs. William & Mary Jan. 27 had eight points, four rebounds and three steals. Had eight straight JMU points while the Dukes raised a 28-27 lead to 38-30 by halftime.
  • Vs. Fordham tied his then-career highs of 11 points and four field goals and had a career-best three three-pointers. Had had no more than one three-pointer in a game before.
  • In 32 minutes as a starter vs. Delaware had four points, a season-high eight rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.
  • At Gardner-Webb matched his then-season high of 35 minutes and had five points, four rebounds and a career-high eight assists.
  • Played 32 minutes and had a then-season-best 10 points at Florida International. Had six rebounds, three assists and a steal and hit on four of seven shots.
  • Set another then-season high by playing 35 minutes vs. North Carolina Central. Had eight points, five assists and three rebounds and steals. Hit on four of five shots.
  • Played 35 minutes again vs. Maryland-Baltimore County and had seven points, seven rebounds, four assists and a career-high-tying four steals. Had his first three-pointer of the season.


  • Appeared in all but three JMU games and played 10 or more minutes in 23 outings, including 14 of the last 15 and 16 of the last 18 games. Played 26, 24, 25 and 36 minutes in four games from Jan. 31-Feb. 11. Played 15 or more minutes in 11 straight games through March 6 vs. William & Mary.
  • Made his first career start and played a then-season-high 19 minutes at George Mason. Started in place of Devon Moore in three February games.
  • Led the team or tied for the team lead in assists eight times and in rebounding three times.
  • Had five points and tied for the team rebounding high (6) Feb. 25 vs. Virginia Commonwealth. Blocked two shots.
  • Had a career-high six assists at Delaware Feb. 28.
  • Had a career-high 11 points and his first career double-figure scoring effort vs. Old Dominion Jan. 28. Had career bests of five free throws attempted and four made free throws. Tied his then-career highs of four assists and three steals in 15 minutes.
  • Jan. 31 at UNC Wilmington played a then-career-high 26 minutes and had nine points, a career-high nine rebounds and a team-high three assists. Hit on two free throws with 0:08 to play for the game's final points.
  • At Georgia State, had four points and career-high-tying marks of four assists and three steals. Had a three-point field goal.
  • Vs. George Mason Feb. 7 had five points, five rebounds and career highs of five assists and four steals.
  • In 36 minutes at Virginia Commonwealth tied his career high of 11 points and had four rebounds in a career-high 36 minutes. Hit on five of eight shots.


  • Freshman who appeared in all but two of the Dukes' games.
  • Saw his first extended playing time at Virginia Military Institute and had six points, three rebounds and a blocked shot in 16 minutes. Hit on each of his three field goal attempts, all during nine first-half minutes.
  • Had his most-extended playing time in 11 games vs. UNC Wilmington Jan. 12 -- 12 minutes. Had two points, a rebound and an assist.
  • Played an average of 17.0 minutes in JMU's six games before appearing for five minutes Feb. 20 vs. Old Dominion..
  • At Virginia Commonwealth had four points, a career-high-tying three rebounds and an assist.
  • In 12 minutes Feb. 9 at UNC Wilmington had four points, two rebounds and two assists.
  • Played a season-high 25 minutes at George Mason Feb. 2 and had four points, two rebounds and an assist.
  • Played 16 minutes Jan. 30 vs. William & Mary and had three rebounds and two steals.
  • Had a three-point field goal in seven first-half minutes vs. Radford.
  • Had two points in both of JMU's games at the College of Charleston's Jim 'N Nick's Cougar Classic. Hit on two free throws and had two rebounds vs. South Carolina State and had a field goal and a rebound vs. College of Charleston.
  • At Hofstra had an assist and a blocked shot in three minutes.
  • At Old Dominion had two points, two rebounds and two steals in nine minutes.
  • Had an assist and two steals in nine minutes vs. George Mason Jan. 19.
  • Had two points, a season-high-tying three rebounds and a season-best two assists in a season-best 21 minutes at Towson.

Before JMU

  • Summer signee to the JMU program.
  • Has been a member of Australia's 16-and-under, 18-and-under, and 20-and-under national teams, providing an extensive background in international play and competing in several world championship competitions.
  • For two years attended Australia' Institute of Sport in a training program for the nation's elite young athletes.
  • Competed in junior league play for the Dandenong Rangers and attended St. Francis Xavier High School.
  • Competed in Australian rules football.

Career Statistics

Minutes Total 3-Point F-Throws Rebounds
Year gp-gs min avg fg fga pct fg fga pct ft fta pct off def tot avg pf fo ast t/o blk stl pts avg
2007-08 28-0 236 8.4 16 40 .400 1 6 .167 7 12 .583 12 18 30 1.1 44 0 11 18 3 9 40 1.4
2008-09 33-4 505 15.3 33 90 .367 8 29 .276 23 33 .697 22 50 72 2.2 64 4 59 32 6 33 97 2.9
2009-10 33-21 895 27.1 74 174 .425 14 54 .259 17 31 .548 24 80 104 3.2 101 9 82 57 12 51 179 5.4
2010-11 29-1 252 8.7 18 41 .439 10 28 .357 4 6 .667 3 25 28 1.0 49 2 31 18 3 10 50 1.7
TOTAL 123-26 1888 15.3 141 345 .409 33 117 .282 51 82 .622 61 173 234 1.9 258 15 183 125 24 103 366 3.0

Career Highs

Getting to Know Ben...

Why did you choose JMU?
Great campus, nice people, the perfect place to go to college.

What is your favorite thing about JMU?
The students and staff.

What's your major? Why did you choose it?
Sports and Recreation Management. I'm interested in the business side of sports, as well as playing.

What's your favorite JMU memory outside of basketball?
Too many. But one was the giant snow storm we had and the aftermath of sledding and snowboarding.

What are your plans after JMU?
Go home to Australia and play pro.

What are your hobbies outside of basketball?
Enjoy all other sports and watching movies.

Who is the most influential person in your life?
Father- Jean Phillipe Louis

Who influenced you to get involved in basketball?
My dad at first, but a number of great coaches along the way got me hooked to the game.

What are your goals this season? Both individually and as a team.
Individually it is to provide a strong base of leadership and strength for our team. As a team we all only have one goal in mind "2011 CAA CHAMPS"

Most embarrassing moment during a game?
Probably getting dunked on after a missed shot last year at UNCW.

Most memorable basketball moment? (JMU, AAU, HS, etc.)
Being a member of my junior under 19 national team which competed in the 2007 world champs in Serbia, was a very special moment for me

What team do you look forward to playing more than any other?
Would say ODU, they are the team to beat. If we want to be the best we have to catch them.

What's the best advice you've ever received?
Control the things you can and the rest will take care of itself.

What advice do you have for someone aspiring to play college basketball?
Don't be afraid to venture outside of athletics, college is a time to find out who you really are.

What's your pre-game ritual?
Don't really have one. Get changed, get taped, get on the floor.

Best player you've ever played against? Played with?
Played against Nicholas Batum. Played with Patty Mills.

Is there significance to the number you wear?
No, not really. Number 5 wasn't available when I came so 1 + 4 = 5

What do you enjoy most about playing your position?
Having the ability to make plays for my teammates and being able to control the tempo of a game.

When you leave JMU basketball, how do you want to be remembered?
As a tenacious player who was well liked and respected in the community.

Who do you consider your biggest supporter at games?
Becky Greenawalt.

What are you going to miss most about JMU when you graduate?
Great friends.

Who is the funniest person on the team? Trevon Flores
Who is the most fashionable on the team? ME
If you could be on a reality show, which would you choose? Jersey Shore
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpower to be? Super Speed
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be? Leonardo Da Vinci
What can't you live without? Air or water.

NFL team: Patriots
MLB team: Red Sox
TV Show: Dexter
Book: Warren Buffet: Keys to becoming a millionaire.
Class: Fly fishing
Color: Blue
Movie: Jaws
Song: Lost- Coldplay 
Food: Italian
Vehicle: Lexus LFA 
Place to eat on campus: D-HALL
Website: Facebook




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  Fordham 12/23/09



  8x, last Willam & Mary 2/02/11



  Old Dominion 1/28/09



  UNC Wilmington 1/31/09



  Gardner-Webb 12/17/09



  3x, last Canisius 2/20/10



  Longwood 2/22/10



  Canisius 2/20/10