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Jocelyn Willoughby

  • As of May 18, 20117

USA Basketball Notes

  • 2017 USA Basketball U19 World Cup Team trials participant.
  • Participated in the 2013 USA U16 National Team trials.

College Honors

  • Accepted an invitation to participate in the 2017 USA Basketball U19 World Cup Team trials.
  • 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman Team (coaches and media). 
  • 2017 ACC All-Academic Team.
  • ACC Rookie of the Week (1/30/17) after averaging 17.0 ppg., 7.0 rpg. and 3.0 apg. as her team went 1-1 against Virginia Tech and University of Notre Dame.
  • 2016 Cavalier Classic Tournament MVP.

College Notes

  • Accepted an invitation to participate in the 2017 USA Basketball U19 World Cup Team trials.
  • 20-13 record and the second round of the 2017 WNIT.
  • Started all 33 games and averaged a team second-best 9.8 ppg. and team-highs of 6.2 rpg. and 1.7 spg.
  • Ranked second among ACC freshmen in scoring.
  • Was the first freshman to lead UVA in rebounding since 2002 and the first freshman guard to do so since 1980.
  • Scored a career-high 25 points against Saint Joseph’s University (3/17/17) in the first round of the WNIT, also had career-highs of 11 rebounds versus Syracuse University (1/2/17) and six steals versus University of Georgia (12/19/16).
  • Posted a pair of double-doubles and scored in double digits in 15 games.

High School Honors

  • 2016 Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year.
  • 2016 MaxPreps All-America fourth team.
  • Two-time all-state and all-county first team.

High School Notes

  • Attended Newark Academy (N.J.), where she averaged 21.9 ppg., 12.8 rpg., 3.9 bpg., 3.8 apg. and 3.1 spg. as a senior in 2015-16.
  • Became the first player at Newark Academy to score 1,000 career points, doing so in her sophomore season.
  • As a freshman and sophomore, helped lead Newark to back- to-back New Jersey Prep B state titles.

Personal Notes

  • Daughter of Cheryl and Kelly (K.J.) Willoughby Jr., has one older brother, Kelly III.
  • Has participated in service missions to Guatemala and New Orleans.
  • Undecided on her major, but is considering global development studies.
  • Was a 2016 Cum Laude Society inductee and was a member of Virginia’s Dean’s List in 2017.

The Scoop

  • Started playing basketball: in second grade.
  • Favorite 2016 U.S. Olympic Team athlete: Seimone Augustus.
  • Favorite Twitter account: VirginiaWBB.
  • Top five movies of all time: “Drumline,” “Antwoine Fischer,” “Pretty Woman,” “Hairspray” and “Remember the Titans.”
  • Favorite app: Pandora.
  • Favorite sport other than basketball: track and field. 
  • Favorite class: personal adjustment and the science of happiness.
  • Favorite player of all time: Kobe Bryant. Favorite Olympian: Muhammad Ali.
  • Best player ever faced: Asia Durr.
  • Last book read for pleasure: “The Way of the Shepherd” by Dr. Kevin Leman.
  • Compares her game to: says she is still “looking to come into my own,” but others have compared her to Magic Johnson and Dawn Staley.
  • Enjoys: reading, shopping, crocheting, listening to music and relaxing with family and friends when away from the court.
  • Hidden talents: writing.
  • Traveled to Guatemala in 2014.

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College Statistics

YEAR G/S MIN/G FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST TO BLK STL
2016-17 33/33 29.9 109- 288 .378 8- 39 .205 98- 132 .742 204/ 6.2 324/ 9.8 55 94 13 55

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