James Jurries was a first team academic and athletic All-American and national freshman of the year during his career with the Green Wave.
July 4, 2012
New Orleans - The Tulane Athletics Class of 2012 features Jeff Cummings, one of best men's basketball centers in school history, Deva Fowler, TU volleyball's first All-American, James Jurries, a former baseball All-American and National Freshman of the Year, and Olympic swimmer Linda McEachrane, as it was announced today by Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson.
The Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be inducted on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 6-9 p.m. at the Lavin-Bernick Center on the Tulane University Uptown campus. The group will then be honored at halftime of TU's homecoming game against Rice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday, Nov. 3. For banquet reservations, please contact Sue Bower at (504) 865-5513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This foursome each completed their standout careers at Tulane as trailblazers in each of their respective sports by achieving unparalleled marks of success during their time with the Green Wave. Cummings was one of the few players in his era to rank among the top performances in the country in both scoring and rebounding, while Fowler was the first TU women's volleyball player to earn All-America honors. Jurries completed his career as the first TU student-athlete to earn both first team athletic and academic All-America honors in the same season and McEachrane represented her home country, Trinidad & Tobago, in the 2004 Summer Olympics.
"We're very pleased to announce this group of distinguished honorees as the 2012 Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame Class," Dickson said. "As accomplished as each of these individuals was as Tulane student-athletes, they have continued to excel as ambassadors and leaders throughout their lives. Tulane is very proud of the standards they have established and the legacies they have created for our student-athletes of today."
A local native from nearby Metairie, La., and graduate of Archbishop Rummel High School, Cummings played his first two seasons at SMU before transferring to Tulane, where he became one of the school's most dominating players. From 1975-77, Cummings averaged a double-double with 20.2 points and 11.6 rebounds per game and reached double figure scoring in 51 of 54 career games, including a career-best 33-point performance against the University of New Orleans as a junior. He scored 20+ points in 27 games and completed his career with 1,052 points, which ranked 11th-best upon his departure. In the rebounding department, he grabbed 625 boards for his career, averaging 11.1 rebounds as a junior and a 12.0 as a senior.
Cummings led Tulane in scoring, field goals and blocks as a senior and field goal percentage and free throws made as a junior. He led the squad in both minutes played and rebounding in each of his two seasons and is one of only three players in school history to score 500+ points in a single season on two occasions. He remains ranked 25th among the school's career scoring leaders and 14th for career rebounds.
Cummings earned first-team All-Metro Conference honors as a senior in 1977 and was a third-team academic All-American and All-Metro academic performer as a junior. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics and also played professionally in Europe (Italy and France).
Fowler, who hails from San Diego, Calif., re-established the Tulane records books during her illustrious career and not only led the Wave to one of its best four-year runs, but cemented her name at the top of the list of Tulane greats. She became the first player in Tulane volleyball history to earn All-America honors from the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association), claiming honorable-mention recognition as a junior in 2003, and was also named to the AVCA All-Midwest Region team that same year.
A four-year starter at middle blocker from 2001-04, Fowler played in 126 matches and 449 sets and tallied 1,438 kills, a .261 attack percentage, 84 assists, 95 service aces, 424 digs, 114 solo blocks, 450 block assists and 564 total blocks during her career.
She helped lead the team to a combined 79-45 record, which marked the first time the Wave had posted four consecutive winning seasons since 1988. Fowler was twice named to All-Conference USA team, earning first-team honors as a junior in 2003 and second-team honors as a senior in 2004. She concluded her career ranking among Tulane's top-10 in nine career categories.
One of the most prolific players in the 106 seasons of the Tulane baseball program, Jurries came to New Orleans from Lake Jackson, Texas, in 1998 and left his mark as one of the top performers, both on and off the field. Jurries became the first player in Tulane athletics history to claim first team athletic and academic All-America honors in 2002, and is the only player in C-USA history to earn first-team all-league honors four consecutive years. He also became just the second player in conference history to be named both C-USA Freshman of the Year (1999) and Player of the Year (2002).
Jurries was a four-year starter in the infield and outfield where he helped lead Tulane to a combined 178-79 overall record and a 77-33 Conference USA mark, including a C-USA runner-up finish in 1999 and 2000, the 2001 C-USA regular-season championship and C-USA Tournament titles in 1999 and 2001. He helped guide the Wave to four consecutive NCAA Regionals, including No. 1 seeds in 1999 and 2001, and the school's first trip to the College World Series in 2001.
Jurries earned National Freshman of the Year by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and College Baseball Insider, first-team All-America by College Baseball Insider, second-team All-America by Baseball America, Baseball Weekly, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and Freshman All-America by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball in 1999 after ranking 13th in the NCAA with 1.38 runs per game.
As a senior, Jurries was named second-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, third-team All-America by Baseball America, and NCBWA District VII Co-Player of the Year after becoming the first Tulane player to hit .400 since 1985 and setting a new standard with 20 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season. He led the Wave in nine statistical categories and set three single-season records.
Jurries owns the school career mark for runs scored (284) and ranks among the top-10 in 12 different categories. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the sixth round of the 2002 MLB Draft and spent five seasons with the organization where he hit a combined .269 (461-for-1716) with 101 doubles, 10 triples, 69 home runs, driving in 257 before retiring from the game following the 2006 season.
McEachrane was one of Tulane's first recruits when the women's swimming & diving program returned to the sports line-up in 2004. A native of Port of Spain, Trinidad, she wasted little time in leading the young program into the national spotlight from both an individual and team standpoint.
During her freshman campaign, she was named the National and C-USA Swimmer of the Week on Dec. 8 and led the team in scoring at the C-USA Championship with 56 individual points and 118 relay points. She won league title in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle while finishing third in the 100 breaststroke. McEachrane was tabbed the C-USA Freshman Swimmer of the Year and was an NCAA Championship participant.
The following summer, she represented Trinidad & Tobago in the 2004 Summer Olympics in the 100-meter freestyle. She qualified for Olympics after posting a 58.00 time in the 100 free at a meet sanctioned by the Trinidad & Tobago Olympic Committee in Trinidad.
Less than a year later, she led Tulane to its only Conference USA title in 2005. Although her career was sidelined due to Hurricane Katrina, she remains the school record holder in the 100 Freestyle, and 100 Breastroke as well as the 400 Medley Relay, and 400 Freestyle Relay. She is also second all-time in the 50 Free.
The Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1977 to recognize those who have enriched and strengthened the Green Wave athletic programs either through their prowess on the field or through contributions off the field. In addition to having rendered outstanding service in the field of athletics, each inductee has exhibited other qualifications, such as outstanding sportsmanship, character, and integrity, and each inductee is a person who has brought great distinction to Tulane University.
The charter members of the Hall of Fame are: Bill Banker (football), Bernie Bierman (football coach), Jerry Dalrymple (football), Lester Lautenschlaeger (football), Emmett Pare (tennis coach), Warren Perkins (basketball), Eddie Price (football), Hamilton Richardson (tennis), Clark Shaughnessy (football), Claude Simons, Jr. (football), and Clifford Wells (basketball coach).
Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2012
Jeff Cummings Men's Basketball 1975-77 Deva Fowler Volleyball 2001-06 James Jurries Baseball 1998-02 Linda McEachrane Women's Swimming 2003-06