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Jimmies' Mason Walters repeats as GPAC player of the year

The Jimmies had five players honored this year, up from four in the 20-21 season.

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University of Jamestown's Mason Walters (33) puts the ball to the basket with a jump over Dakota Wesleyan's Koln Oppold (1) Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at Harold Newman Arena.
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After a sophomore season in which the University of Jamestown hooper Mason Walters was named the GPAC Player of the Year, Walters has become the first player in program history to repeat the feat.

Walters is joined in the GPAC awards by second-team selections, Will Cordes and Marc Kjos, and honorable mention selections Cole Woodford and Devon Schultz.

This season, Walters averaged 24.5 points per game, 11.5 rebounds per game and 2 assists per game.

In the campaign, Cordes is averaging 13.6 points per game, 2.2 assists per game, and a 1.7 assists to turnover ratio. Kjos’ season averages are 11.2 points per game, 1.2 steals per game, 3.8 rebounds per game.

Woodford is averaging 10.7 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game and 2.3 assists per game. Schultz is 6.5 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game and 1.4 blocks per game.

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The Jamestown native, Walters, grew up rooting for the Jimmies attending games at the Jimmies Civic Center, which makes his history-making achievement all the more special.

“I grew up watching guys playing here at Jamestown,” Walters said. “I looked up to a lot of players, and tried to emulate my game and look up to guys like that. It’s pretty cool to have that.”

One of the biggest things that Jimmies head coach Danny Neville said stands out about Walters is his work ethic.

“Looking back when we were recruiting him we knew he had a chance to be pretty good,” Neville said. “He’s taken everything he’s gotten and done so much more with what he’s gotten and done so much more with what was given to him. He took it and ran with it. I’m super proud of him, he’s put a lot of time in the gym, grinded it out and to get those accolades is a true test of his hard work and his leadership.”

In order for the Jimmies and Walters to sustain their level of play into the upcoming national tournament, Walters said.

“I think just keep doing what we’ve been doing,” Walters said. “Just because we go to nationals, nothing really changes. The same mindset, play as a team and keep getting better.”

After a sophomore season in which the University of Jamestown hooper Mason Walters was named the GPAC Player of the Year, he has become the first player in program history to repeat the feat.

Walters is joined in the GPAC awards by second-team selections, Will Cordes and Marc Kjos, and Cole Woodford and Devon Schultz, who were honorable mentions.

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This season, Walters averaged 24.5 points per game, 11.5 rebounds per game and 2 assists per game.

The Jamestown native, Walters, grew up rooting for the Jimmies attending games at the Jamestown Civic Center, which makes his history-making achievement all the more special.

“I grew up watching guys playing here at Jamestown,” Walters said. “I looked up to a lot of players, and tried to emulate my game and look up to guys like that. It’s pretty cool to have that.”

One of the biggest things that Jimmies head coach Danny Neville said stands out about Walters is his work ethic.

“Looking back when we were recruiting him we knew he had a chance to be pretty good,” Neville said. “He’s taken everything he’s gotten and done so much more with what he’s gotten and done so much more with what was given to him. He took it and ran with it. I’m super proud of him, he’s put a lot of time in the gym, grinded it out and to get those accolades is a true test of his hard work and his leadership.”

In order for the Jimmies and Walters to sustain their level of play into the upcoming national tournament they have to continue their effort, Walters said.

“I think just keep doing what we’ve been doing,” Walters said. “Just because we go to nationals, nothing really changes. The same mindset, play as a team and keep getting better.”

In the campaign, Cordes is averaging 13.6 points per game, 2.2 assists per game, and a 1.7 assists to turnover ratio. Kjos’ season averages are 11.2 points per game, 1.2 steals per game, 3.8 rebounds per game.

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Woodford is averaging 10.7 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game and 2.3 assists per game. Schultz is 6.5 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game and 1.4 blocks per game.

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My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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