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Woolbright Collects Second USBWA Weekly Honor


For the second time this season, Western Carolina senior guard Vonterius Woolbright was today among five players dubbed an Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week, selected and announced by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) for the week ending Jan. 28.

Woolbright was among five men’s basketball players recognized on Tuesday afternoon with this week’s honorees including Tommy Bruner from Denver (Summit League), Boo Buie from Northwestern (Big Ten), RJ Davis from North Carolina (ACC), and Jordan Pope from Oregon State (Pac-12).


Additionally, Woolbright is one of just six players nationally to collect multiple national weekly honors from the USBWA, each honored twice this season. Woolbright is joined by Armando Bacot and RJ Davis from North Carolina; Zach Edey from Purdue; Boo Buie from Northwestern; and Tennessee’s Dalton Knecht.


Each Tuesday during the regular season, designated USBWA board members select five standouts from the 32 NCAA Division I conference players of the week to be recognized. It’s the 12th week this season that the USBWA has selected weekly honors. Woolbright is the only player from the Southern Conference to receive recognition to date this season.


In addition to his two national weekly recognitions this season, Woolbright is a seven-time Southern Conference Player of the Week, receiving his most recent honor from the league office on Monday afternoon.


From the USBWA Player of the Week release:


Vonterius Woolbright, Western Carolina (Southern Conference):

Woolbright has recorded a double-double in 13 straight games and currently leads the nation in double-doubles with 18. The senior guard from Albany, Ga., is one of just three players in the NCAA to have multiple triple-doubles this season. Last week, Woolbright averaged 26.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists. Against UNCG, Woolbright scored 34 points – one away from his career high – going 10-for-21 from the field and 13-for-16 at the charity stripe. He also grabbed 15 rebounds, dished out five assists, and had a steal in the contest. His 34 points marked the second time this season that he scored 30-plus points in a game. In the game with VMI, Woolbright logged his second triple-double of the season, finishing with 18 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists, and two steals to earn his second Oscar Robertson Trophy weekly honor.


Western Carolina (16-5, 5-3 SoCon) concludes its season-long three-game homestand on Wednesday (Jan. 31) night as the Catamounts welcome SoCon-foe Chattanooga (14-7, 6-2 SoCon) to Ingles Court at the Ramsey Center for a 7 p.m. start. The Mocs enter the week tied for second in the league standings with WCU sitting amidst a three-way tie for fourth place at the midpoint of conference play.


Wednesday's game will be broadcast on ESPN+ (paid subscription required) with live streaming audio from the Catamount Sports Network and live stats available online at CatamountSports.com. For tickets to WCU's home games, please visit CatamountSports.com/BuyTickets

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