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Joziah Wyatt-Taylor Named NJCAA Division III Player Of The Week

Posted January 25, 2024 at 11:57 am

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Pennsylvania Highlands sophomore Joziah Wyatt-Taylor the Division III Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of January 17-23.

Joziah Wyatt-Taylor, Men’s Basketball

A native of Johnstown, Wyatt-Taylor averaged 33 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 57.7 percent from the floor in the two contests this past week for the Black Bears, which included a 98-65 victory over the Wolfpack of Westmoreland County Community College, a Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference foe.

He also set a new school record for points in a game after tallying 46 against the Wolfpack, breaking the previous mark of 45 set by Cliff Eddins in December 2016.

“It’s truly an honor to receive this award,” Wyatt-Taylor stated. “I appreciate my coaches, my mom and dad, and everyone at the College. Their support means a lot to me. I just want to keep working to get better and see what I can accomplish. My goal is to strive for greatness.”

Wyatt-Taylor became just the third men’s basketball player in school history to earn a National Player of the Week honor, joining Tim Biakapia and Matt Forbes.

“We are all proud of Joziah and his accomplishment,” stated Sue Brugh, Director of Student Activities & Athletics. “He has put in a tremendous amount of work on the basketball court. He does everything he can to score and grab rebounds, while doing his part to help make our team the best it can be.”

Through 18 games, Wyatt-Taylor leads the Black Bears in points per game (22), rebounds per game (9.6), and minutes per game (28.4).

His points per game average ranks 12th in the nation for Division III, while currently sitting 33rd for rebounding. In Region 20, Wyatt-Taylor ranks first in points per game and third in rebounds per game.