Connors States College’s 6’ 8” sophomore, forward Willie Atwood, from Memphis, Tenn., has been named third team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American, announced by the NJCAA committee in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Atwood, who was the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference and Region II Player of the Year, averaged 20.8 points last season in leading the Cowboys to a 23-7 season record. He was also named to the Region II All-Tournament team.
Atwood is Cowboy head coach Bill Muse’s 14th junior college All-American during his 22-year coaching stint at Connors.
“This is a very deserving honor for Willie,” said Muse, following the announcement. “He has improved each year he has been here and played an instrumental part in our success the past two seasons (which included a trip to the NJCAA National Tournament last season). I know Willie will have a very successful career at the next level (Division I) at whichever school he will be attending.”
Attwood’s skills are can also be seen off the court.
“He will also be great in the class room,” said Muse. “Willie is an excellent student.”
During Atwood’s two seasons at Connors State he scored 953 points to average 15.6 points per game over two seasons. During his sophomore season he scored a career high 41 points against Independence Community College and had 11 double-doubles during the season.
Atwood shot 57.6 percent from the floor connecting on 175-of-304 attempts, which included 27.3 percent from behind the arc. At the free throw line he drained 270-of-349 attempts for 77.4 percent at the stripe, while pulling down 271 rebounds for a 9.0 per game average.
The sophomore also averaged 2.1 assists per game, while making 20 steals and 8 block shots last year.