GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College's Josh Pittman collected the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's (ODAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week Award Monday. Pittman also earned Guilford's Student-Athlete of the Week Award, presented by the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
The Quakers' first winner of the league's weekly men's basketball honor, Pittman averaged 20.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 assists in Guilford's 3-0 week. The 6-0, 160-pound sophomore guard scored in double-digits in all three contests, which gives him a team-high 12 games with 10 or more points this year. He led all scorers with 21 points and dished out three assists in the Quakers' 61-57 over the 12th-ranked College of St. Mary's (Md.) Jan. 3. Pittman scored 13 of his points in the second half, which helped Guilford overcome a nine-point halftime deficit. He totaled 23 points, six rebounds and three steals, all game highs, in the Quakers' ODAC win over Emory & Henry College Jan. 5 and scored 17 points in a Jan. 8 league win over Lynchburg College.
Pittman leads Guilford in scoring (17.6 ppg.), free-throw percentage (.845) and three-pointers per game (3.0). He leads the ODAC in three-pointers and ranks third in the league in scoring and free-throw percentage. Pittman has five 20-point games on the year, including a pair of 34-point efforts.
Coach Tom Palombo's Quakers (9-5, 3-2 ODAC) put their season-best four-game winning streak on the line Wednesday night when they host league-rival Bridgewater College at 7:00 p.m. Guilford visits Eastern Mennonite University Saturday in a 2:00 p.m. ODAC game. It is the first meeting with the Royals since last year's Quakers' home win in a 2010 NCAA Division III Tournament quarterfinal.
The Student-Athlete of the Week Award is presented by Guilford's SAAC, which is comprised of representatives from each of the school's 20 varsity teams. The group meets regularly to discuss the state of Guilford Athletics and seeks to build community among Guilford's student-athletes and non-student-athletes. Recent Guilford SAAC activities include a cancer awareness promotions, canned-food drives, volunteer assistance with the North Carolina Special Olympics and tutoring at New Garden Friends School.