Jon Ziri is in his fifth and final season of collegiate basketball at LMU after serving as a redshirt in 2003-04. Earned valuable playing time as a freshman, playing in 25 of 29 games in his first season of action and then came through for the Lions as a redshirt sophomore when he was inserted in the starting line-up after three games. He is the only senior on this year's squad for the Lions.
2006-07 Season Notes at LMU:
Ziri played 28 of the Lions' 31 games, starting in 15 of those games. He finished the season averaging 5.3 points per contest with 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists. He was also third on the squad in steals with 30. He played 19 minutes with three points, three assists and a rebound. He responded with his best game of the season with 12 points and a career best nine rebounds. Continued hot play against UCSB (11-29-06), scoring 17 points on 6-for-13 shooting with career-best nine boards. Did not play against Boise State due to concussion. Returned against Akron (12-29-06) with seven points and then went for 12 points and seven rebounds against Monmouth (12-31-06). He added seven points, equalled a acareer-best with nine rebounds and two assists against Portland. Did not play against USF because of technical served against the Pilots (1-8-06). Returned with eight points, two assists and four rebounds against USD (1-15-07). Equalled a career-best 17 points in win over Portland (2-3-07), going 10-for-12 from the free throw line. He hit all 10 in the final five minutes. He went for eight points and four assists in 17 minutes against Gonzaga (2-5-07). Came off the bench for two points, three rebounds, two steals and five assists in win over USD (2-10-07). Came off the bench for eight points and eight rebounds (4 offensive) against USF (2-12-07).
2005-06 Season Notes at LMU:
In his third season with the program and just his second of action, Ziri was placed into the starting line-up after the third game of the year and he never left. His consistent all-around play helped the Lions win eight of their first 10 in WCC play. Ziri finished the season averaging 6.0 points per game (fifth on the team) with 4.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.6 steals. He is third on the team in rebounding and in conference games he averaged 5.6 per game to rank 11th in the WCC. He also ranked 10th with 2.86 assists and an impressive second with 2.14 steals per game in WCC contests. After averaging just over 13 minutes a game in the first three games, he would finish the season averaging 25.3 minutes. He earned first career start against South Alabama and played 26 minutes with four points and five boards (11-28-05). He then scored a career-best 16 points in win over UC Santa Barbara (12-3-05), going 6-for-12 from field and 4-for-8 from 3-point line. He chipped in nine points with three assists and three rebounds against USC (12-10-05) before getting 10 points, three assists and two rebounds against Northern Colorado (12-17-05) and ended non-conference with 14 points on 6-for-12 shooting against San Diego State (12-31-05) and had his second straight game with seven rebounds as he had seven two nights earlier against UNLV (12-29-05). Opened conference with eight points, five assists, two steals and five rebounds against San Diego (1-7-06), and on the next night he had six points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals in the win over San Francisco (1-9-06) in a career-best 39 minutes. He continued stellar play in WCC contests with 11 points, eight assists and three assists in 30 minutes against Portland (1-14-06). He averaged 8.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 4.2 apg in WCC play after three games. He had another solid outing against USF (2-4-06) in the second meeting, scoring six points, with eight rebounds, two assists, a block and two steals. His consistent play continued with eight points and seven rebounds in the win over San Diego (2-6-06). He had six points (two three-pointers) with seven assists, eight rebounds and three steals in win over Pepperdine (2-11-06) and scored 11 points with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals against Santa Clara (2-25-06). He had only two points in WCC semifinal win over Saint Mary's (3-5-06), but came through with five rebounds, five assists and a steal. To end the season he scored six points with four rebounds and two steals in WCC championship against Gonzaga (3-6-06).
2004-05 Season Notes at LMU:
Ziri played in 25 games as a redshirt freshman and averaged 8.2 minutes per game. He finished with 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds per game while hitting 11 three-pointers. He started his playing career on the Europe tour and scored 32 points in five games (6.4), earning 10 steals, second on the team. He made his debut against Northern Colorado (11-24-04) with 10 minutes off the bench, scoring first field goal and hit a free throw for three points. He added three rebounds. In the win over Denver (12-1-04) he played in second game, playing eight minutes and had an assist and two rebounds. In win over Long Beach State (12-04-04) he came off the bench for three minutes, earned two rebounds and two assists. Against 16th-ranked Washington (12-12-04) he hit first three-pointer of career and finished with five points in 17 minutes with four rebounds and an assist. He came off the bench in victory over San Diego State (12-18-04) for best game of young career to date, scoring 11 points, hitting on 4-of-9 from the field, 2-of-6 from long distance and a free throw. He played 17 minutes in win over Colgate (12-21-04) with an assist and three rebounds. Scored five points with an assist and a block in Northern Arizona (12-29-04) vicotry, going perfect from the field. He played 12 minutes and scored five points with an assist and a steal against No. 20 Gonzaga (1-13-05) and then at home against Saint Mary's (1-22-05) he played 15 minutes with nine points, three assists, two steals and no turnovers. He was 4-for-9 from the field. He gave the Lions nine big minutes off the bench late in come back win at San Francisco (2-5-05), scoring five points with two rebounds and two steals.
2003-04 Season Notes at LMU:
Served his redshirt season at LMU... earned first action as a Lion during European Tour... impressed coaches with play, averaging 6.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game during the five-game tour... was second on the team with five three pointers, hitting three in the first game win... finished with 13 points in that game... added seven assists and had a game-high seven rebounds in game two... also had four steals in game one.
Ziri is a 2003 graduate of Marcos De Niza High School in Tempe, Ariz... a two-year letterwinner while playing all four years for head coach Dave Stark... Ziri led Marcos De Niza to the 5A State Title as a junior in 2001-02 with a 60-49 win over Highland... he made three three-pointers and scored 16 points in the championship game... he finished his junior campaign averaging 17 points and nine rebounds per game... was a McDonald's All-American nominee and earned second-team all-state honors... Ziri was named to the All-Southeast Valley and All-Central Region teams following last season's state championship... followed junior season with a record senior year... was named All-American while taking home all-state, all-league, all-conference and all-city honors in his final season... was named Central Region Co-MVP.
Jonathan Bernard Ziri was born Oct. 21, 1985 in Mesa, Ariz... he is the son of Tia Cass and Joseph Ziri... he has a sister, Amina, and a brother, Joe, who plays basketball for Mesa Community College... a double major in Business Administration and Sociology.
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