EUGENE – For the second straight season, head coach Dana Altman has landed the junior college national player of the year.
Kavell Bigby-Williams, who was selected as the Spalding® NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Year by the NJCAA DI Men’s Basketball Committee on Wednesday, has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Ducks.
“We’re certainly looking forward to what Kavell will be able to add to our team,” said Altman. “He is a very skilled, very dynamic big man and I think our fans will be really excited to watch what he can do.”
Bigby-Williams had 28 double-doubles in 36 games as a sophomore for Gillette (Wyo.) College in 2016, averaging 16.8 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 blocks per game. He led the nation with 211 blocks this season and shot 59.2 percent from the field in earning NJCAA first team all-America honors.
Prior to his time at Gillette, the London, England, native played for Great Britain’s Under-20 and Under-18 national teams.
Bigby-Williams is the second straight NJCAA national player of the year to sign with the Ducks. Forward Chris Boucher, who set an Oregon record with 110 blocks in 2015-16, was the 2015 NJCAA national player of the year for Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming.
Bigby-Williams is the fourth recruit signed by Oregon for the 2016 class, joining highly rated high schoolers M.J. Cage (Santa Ana, Calif.), Payton Pritchard (West Linn, Ore.) and Keith Smith (Seattle, Wash.).
KAVELL BIGBY-WILLIAMS, F, 6-10, 225, London, England (Harris Academy Beckenham / Gillette College)
Named the 2015-16 Spalding NJCAA Division I Player of the Year … Rated as the No. 3 junior college prospect nationally with a four-star ranking and a grade of 94 by 247Sports.com … Played in 36 games as a sophomore for Gillette (Wyo.) College in 2015-16, averaging 16.8 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 blocks per game while earning NJCAA first-team all-America honors … Led the nation with 211 blocked shots … Shot 59.2 percent from the field … Led the Region IX Conference in defensive rebounds, total rebounds and blocks while finishing second in rebound average per game … Helped lead Gillette to a 35-2 record and a third place finish at the junior college national tournament … Recorded five triple-doubles throughout the season, including a 22-point, 16-rebound, 12-block performance in a win over Casper on Feb. 20 … Recorded a double-double in 28 of 36 games … Played in 32 games for the Pronghorns as a freshman in 2014-15, averaging 10.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest … Earned third-team All-Region honors while helping lead the Pronghorns to their first ever trip to the national tournament … Before going to Gillette, played for Harris Academy Beckenham in Beckenham, England … Named the defensive player of the year and the conference player of the year after averaging 20.7 points, 15.4 rebounds and 6 blocks per game as a senior in 2013-14 … Also played for Great Britain’s national Under-20 and Under-18 teams, averaging 8.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game between the two squads.
“With Jordan Bell, Chris Boucher and now Kavell Bigby-Williams, it will be hard to find a better trio of shotblockers than what Oregon has,” Hoopniks.com.