Off to one of the best starts to a season in Catamount men’s basketball history, weekly honors continued today for Western Carolina senior guard Vonterius Woolbright as he was one of five players dubbed Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 24 by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).
Woolbright was among five honored on Wednesday with the list including Oumar Ballo of Arizona (Pac-12), Johnell Davis from Florida Atlantic (AAC), RJ Davis of North Carolina (ACC), and Jarod Lucas of Nevada (Mountain West).
Each Tuesday during the regular season, designated USBWA board members select five standouts from the 32 Division I conference players of the week to be recognized. This week's selections were delayed a day by the Christmas holiday and were chosen from a list of the conferences that did name a player of the week.
This is the seventh week this season that the USBWA has selected weekly honors. Earning the award for the first time in his career, Woolbright is the first player from the Southern Conference to receive recognition this season.
From the USBWA player of the week release:
Vonterius Woolbright, Western Carolina (Southern Conference)Western Carolina guard Vonterius Woolbright logged two double-doubles last week, securing the SoCon's Player of the Week nod for the second straight week and fourth time overall this season. Woolbright led the Catamounts to a 63-62 upset win at Vanderbilt on Dec. 19. Two days later, Western Carolina defeated Brescia, 85-47, to grab its fourth straight victory before Christmas. Against Vanderbilt, the Albany, Ga., product finished with 22 points, including the game-winning bucket with 1.5 seconds left. He also had 12 rebounds and three assists. Against Brescia, the senior recorded 16 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to go with seven assists and a pair of steals. For the week, Woolbright averaged 19.0 points, 14.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists on 12-for-28 (.429) shooting from the field and 12-for-16 (.750) from the free-throw line. After having double-doubles in both games last week, Woolbright leads the nation in double-doubles with nine this season.
Woolbright continues to average a double-double this season with a SoCon-leading 21.1 points and 12.3 rebounds per game – marks that rank him 12th and third in the NCAA. He also averages a nation-best 10.25 defensive85-47 boards per game. Woolbright is also third in the SoCon – tied for 43rd nationally – with a team-best 5.2 assist per game average.