Adrain Tolbert named NJCAA DIII national player of the week

Adrain Tolbert named NJCAA DIII national player of the week


CARROLLTON, Georgia -- For the second time this school year a West Georgia Tech student-athlete has received national player of the week honors. 

Adrian Tolbert, a 6’7 freshman center on the men’s basketball team, was named National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Men’s Basketball National Player of Week, the league office announced on Thursday.

Tolbert is the second WGTC men’s basketball player to win the national player of the week award, joining Martize Spearman who won the award last year. 

WGTC women’s basketball sophomore Jacky Jones won national player of the week honors in late-November.

“We are proud of the fact that we have now produced two national player of the week athletes and we are just a little more than halfway through both basketball seasons,” said West Georgia Tech Director of Athletics Todd Pratt. “All of our programs are committed to excellence in the classroom and in competition, so we are excited and proud when one of our student-athletes achieve individual honors such as this one.” 

Tolbert was recognized nationally for his 18-point, 12-rebound effort in WGTC’s conference opener, a 68-55 victory against Georgia Northwestern on December 14.

The Newnan, Ga. and Northgate High School product has recorded double-digit rebounds in all but four of West Georgia Tech’s 15 games so far this season.

Tolbert averages 11.5 points per game for the Golden Knights while averaging 10.9 rebounds per contest, which is second in the conference. 

He leads the conference in overall rebounds (142), offensive rebounds (50) and defensive rebounds (92). He is third in the conference in blocks, with 26.

“Adrian has had a huge first half for us,” said WGTC head coach Niki Okolovitch. “He’s held his own against any level of competition that we have played and, for the most part, has outplayed the other teams’ post players. He is really building a solid reputation while getting a lot of attention from four-year programs.” 

Okolovitch also touted Tolbert’s work in the classroom.

“Most importantly, he has been as successful in the classroom as he has been on the court,” Okolovitch said. “The sky is the limit for him right now, so I’m excited to see what the second half of the season has in store for him.” 

West Georgia Tech is 6-11 overall, 1-0 in conference play against a schedule that mostly includes NJCAA D-I programs. The Golden Knights open up the season’s second half Saturday evening with a 6 p.m. tip at Gadsden State (Ala.) Community College, another NJCAA D-I program.

A very important game looms next Monday, when the Golden Knights entertain conference rival Southern Crescent Tech (7-6, 0-0) in Carrollton. First place in the early portion of the GCAA conference standings will be at stake when the Golden Knights and Tigers collide following the women’s game, which tips at 5:30 p.m.