Wesley Simpson named Bobcat Player of the Week, Peach Belt player of the week


Ryan Robichaud

The GC men’s basketball team has been off to an impressive start this season. Returning junior guard, Weseley Simpson, has played a big part in some quality wins, as he heads towards a breakout year this season. Simpson was named Peach Belt Conference men’s basketball Player of the Week as well as Bobcat Athlete of the Week last week.

These awards seem to barely affect the mindset of Simpson when asked about the awards. “I’ve never been one to look or chase stats. It’s all about the wins first, and stats come second,” Simpson said. With that being said, Simpson has been putting up some really good numbers throughout the beginning of the season. On Jan. 23 against University of North Carolina-Pembroke, Simpson put up a season-high 33 points while also recording 4 assists and 4 rebounds. He played 39 of 40 minutes in the 76-74 win. Through eight games, Simpson has recorded 12.8 points per game while shooting 50.8 percent from the field. He’s also averaged a respectable 6.1 rebounds per game while also adding 4.5 assists per game to his stat line.

Simpson’s game seems to be very well rounded, but according to teammate, redshirt-sophomore guard, Hunter Norman, it’s possible to pinpoint his greatest strength. “His overall court vision and understanding where defenses are going to be and making that extra pass and reading the defense. He’s really good at that,” Norman said.

Simpson has proven to be a leader both on and off of the court for his teammates. “He has definitely become the vocal leader of the team”, said assistant men’s basketball coach Ryan Aquino. “Every game his role has changed in terms of how we run the offense and what we are trying to attack based on the matchups, but his leadership has been consistent every game.”

Another strong point for Simpson is that he’s been just as valuable to the team off the court as he is on the court, as a leader and friend to his teammates. “Throughout the last few years when we ask the guys who are you friends with, who are you closest with, he seems to be that common guy,” Aquino said.

Simpson is also a fantastic student as described by teammate, Hunter Norman. “He has exceptional grades. I’m pretty sure he had a 4.0 GPA last semester. I actually planned my schedule around him. We are taking a class together, and I’m hoping we can study together on the bus rides. He really is a great leader on and off the court,” Norman said.

Overall, the Bobcats seem to be in good shape this season with players like Simpson stepping up and helping lead the team. After starting the season with a 6-2 record, it seems that the Bobcats have every opportunity to claim a Peach Belt Conference title this year as they trail only Flagler College in the regular-season conference standings.