HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - After a nearly shooting a perfect weekend — the Rainbow Warriors’ Justin Webster was named the Big West Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.
Over the two-game stretch against Cal Poly, the sophomore combined for 38 points, only missing two shots against the Mustangs in UH’s weekend sweep.
According to Webster, the stellar performance is a pay off for all of the work he put in during the most unusual off season of his life.
“It’s means a lot, it just shows me that my hard work is paying off, all the time I put in the gym throughout that long quarantine from March all the way through August and then putting in extra hours in the gym after practice or before practice is paying off.” Webster told reporters. “I give a big credit to that, I also give a big credit to my parents for them always being there and being beside me, then a big credit to my sister, you know me and her talk everyday and were always keeping each other level headed.”
The co-captain would hit 13-of-15 from the floor, along with making 8 of his 9 shots from beyond the arc and not to mention 9 rebounds, two assists and two steals — a feat Webster has never been able to accomplish before.
“I have never shot the ball like that in my life, so hopefully I can continue it, but I have never ever shot the ball like this.” Webster said. “Very efficient, missing only two shots on the weekend, I’ve never shot the ball like this, some of the shots I was making I had been missing earlier in the year in practice, but finally all of that gym time with me shooting and getting my reps up are finally paying off.”
This is the Texas native’s first weekly conference honor of his career and the ‘Bows first player selected for an award this season.
Hawaii is on a hot streak, coming off of three straight home victories, looking to keep the momentum going as Big West top dogs UC Santa Barbara come to Manoa for a two-game weekend series.
“This shows us what we are capable of as long as we stay locked in and we stay focused.” Webster said. “It’s a big confidence boost for us, were excited going into this week, we know we have a team coming in here off of a bye week and they’ve won eight in a row, so It’s going to be a good challenge for us and I can’t wait to take them on.”
Game one set for Friday at 7:00 p.m. Hawaii time on Spectrum Sports.