Mitchell's Efforts Earn NWC Student-Athlete of the Week Honors

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University senior post Cameron Mitchell (Portland, OR/Grant HS/U. of Redlands) had three outstanding games against a trio of talented opponents this past week, as he averaged 22.0 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.7 blocked shots per game. His efforts have resulted in his selection as the Northwest Conference Men's Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week through games played on Sunday, Jan. 3.

Mitchell scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds against NCAA Division I opponent Portland State University on Dec. 29 and finished the game with exactly 1,000 career points. Willamette, which completes in NCAA Division III, lost to Portland State, 97-90.

Against Whitworth University on Jan. 2, Mitchell provided the Bearcats with 16 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots. Whitworth hit 16 of 32 three-pointers and defeated Willamette, 95-76, in the NWC opener for both teams.

Just 24 hours later, Mitchell produced 22 points, 17 rebounds and eight blocked shots to barely miss a triple-double in Willamette's NWC game against Whitman College. The Missionaries downed the Bearcats, 87-60.

During the week, Mitchell shot 51.1% from the field (24 of 47) and made 18 of 29 free throws. He scored 66 points, brought down 37 rebounds, earned 11 blocked shots and registered three steals.

Mitchell has scored 1,038 career points and recorded 785 career rebounds. He spent his freshman year at the University of Redlands before transferring to Willamette for his final three seasons. He has scored 896 points and registered 617 rebounds as a Bearcat.

Willamette returns to the basketball court this weekend for a pair of NWC games. The Bearcats will take on the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., at 8 p.m. (PST) on Friday, Jan. 8. WU will return to Salem on Saturday, Jan. 9 to host nearby rival Linfield College at Cone Field House at 8 p.m. (PST).

WU is currently 3-9 on the season and the Bearcats are 0-2 in the Northwest Conference. Mitchell leads the NWC with 20.4 points per game and 12.5 rebounds per game.

Cameron Mitchell has scored 1,038 points and grabbed 785 rebounds during his college career.

Cameron Mitchell has scored 1,038 points and grabbed 785 rebounds during his college career.