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Queens' Shaun Willett all in for hauling down rebounds - Nov 16, 2018

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by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

It is all about rebounding for Shaun Willett (193-F). The points take care of themselves.

The Queens Royals (4-1) senior forward has four double-doubles in their first five games. He tied his career-high 22 points in their 90-73 win against West Georgia (1-2), and produced 14 boards.

'I just try to go get every rebound I can, every time I can, not just for myself, but just to give us a second chance on offense, or to get it on defense,' Willett said. 'I just focus on trying to get boards.'

Said junior point guard Daniel Carr: 'He'll tell you, 'when you shoot it, man just shoot it. I'll go get it if you miss.' He does focus on rebounding more than he does scoring. He knows the points are going to come.'

Willett produced a career-high 16 rebounds in Queens' season opening 101-87 win against William Jewell in the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic. He is second on the team in scoring, with 92 points, behind Daniel Carr's 96. Carr scored a career-high 27 points against the Wolves.

'He is a monster on the glass-an absolute beast on the glass,' Carr said. 'You can almost put up anything. If it comes off, Shaun is going to go get it. He is a beast.'

Said Queens coach Bart Lundy of Willett: 'He has really dedicated himself to the defensive end, like maybe he hadn't done in part of his career. He has always been an excellent offensive rebounder. Now he is a great defensive rebounder as well. He and Danny provide us with grit and toughness that is hard for other people to match.'

Willett, who transferred to Queens from Indian River State College in 2017, was a role player off the bench in the Royals' 32-4 season, the best in program history. He made one start in 36 appearances, averaging 9.3 points per game and 4.9 rebounds. While former Royals like Ike Agusi, Jalin Alexander and Todd Withers propelled last season's run in the NCAA tournament, Willett is stepping into that leadership role.

'Last year I really had guys bring me along like Ike, Jalin and Todd,' Willett said. 'Just watching them from last year made it easier to convert myself into being a leader this year, and really just bringing guys along with me. Guys like D.C. and Lewis [Diankulu, a senior center] help me every day in practice with having that vocal energy.'   

Jordan Murphy moves to second on Minnesota's all-time scoring list during win over Louisville - 16 hours ago
Jordan Murphy (201-F-97) continues to make history at Minnesota. Murphy played a huge role in the Gophers' 86-76 victory over Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, scoring 18 points and grabbing six rebounds in the win. It marked the first tournament win for Minnesota under head coach Richard Pitino and the first tournament victory since 2013 for the program. But Murphy made a little personal history, moving up to No. 2 on Minnesota's all-time scoring list on Thursday. H...   [read more]

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Walter Hodge selected the top Virgin Islander playing abroad in last week's games - 1 day ago
We bring you last week's top performances from Virgin Islanders who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. John Collins (208-PF-97) led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA in Wednesday night's game.    [read more]

Murphy comes to the twilight of his memorable career with Gophers - 1 day ago
DES MOINES, Iowa - With a casual gait, Jordan Murphy(201-F-97) led the Gophers men's basketball players onto the court for the team's shootaround Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center. The senior forward also was the last to leave. This isn't a surprise. During his four seasons at Minnesota, Murphy has never missed a practice. Not for a twisted ankle, dislocated finger, a random bout with the flu, or most likely, the accumulation of bumps and bruises (or something worse) from the banging he ex...   [read more]

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