Jim participated in basketball and baseball earning three varsity letters from 1981 to 1984. Jim finished his basketball career with 511 points in two varsity seasons and was a key member of the team that went on to win the Lake Erie League in the 1983-84 season. He was a two year starter and earned All-LEL honors his senior year. Influenced by his parents and Coach John Stavole, Jim went on to further his education and playing career at John Carroll University.
While at JCU, Jim was a four year varsity letter winner, leading JCU to three consecutive Presidents Athletic League championships. A three year starter, he passed Coach Stavole’s JCU scoring total in his senior year, which put him in the top 10 in scoring in JCU history. Jim was captain and All-PAC in his senior year and was part of the first JCU team to put together a 20 win season. During his career, Jim averaged 12.5 points, six rebounds and 1.5 steals per game, tallying 116 steals in 77 games. He had 966 career points. Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from JCU.