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NCAA Basketball: Western Carolina and Purdue with latest Players of the Week

The winners of the Players of the Week are players who have won it before and arguably the two best players in the game this season.

Dec 20, 2021; Athens, Georgia, USA; Western Carolina Catamounts guard Vonterius Woolbright (2)
Dec 20, 2021; Athens, Georgia, USA; Western Carolina Catamounts guard Vonterius Woolbright (2) / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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Vonterius Woolbright - Western Carolina

Hello Old Friend, this is now the third time that the guard has won this award and there were a lot of other guys who put up huge weeks, most notably David Jones from Memphis with his 32 points and 10-rebound double-double in a loss to Tulane, but Woolbright sets the bar so high that it is going to take an absolute herculean effort to unseat the champion. Woolbright is the best player in the Southern Conference and it isn’t close. There is nothing he can’t do on a basketball court and he is one of best watches in the game.

The Catamounts did struggle over the past week and lost both of their games but Woolbright did what he could to win them both games. In a loss to Samford the guard scored 23 points with 10 rebounds and 4 assists. He was 8-13 from the floor and 7-9 from the free throw line. That is an off night for the guard given his scoring output and his prowess for rebounding the basketball. In a close loss at Furman Woolbright was back to his usual output. He scored 27 points to go along with 16 rebounds and added 6 assists. The guard was 10-17 from the floor and 6-9 from the free throw line. He also added a three pointer in this one as well. 

At this point it is not surprising to see Woolbright put up those kinds of numbers. The Catamounts have come to expect it and now the rest of the country needs to get on board and expect it as well. The guard enters play this week averaging 21 points per game, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists. That places him 13th overall in scoring, 2nd overall in rebounding, and 35th overall in assists. He won’t win the National Player of the Year but I promise you his name is going to be mentioned on the Naismith Finalists. Congratulations again to Vonterius and Western Carolina. I am sure this won’t be the last time that the guard wins this award.