State Fair sophomore guard Kevin Punter has been named the NJCAA player of the week.
“It feels good but I’ve just got to keep working hard,” he said. “I can’t get too satisfied so I’m just ready to move on.”
Punter earned the honor after a32-point performance in a triple overtime win over MSU-West Plains on Wednesday and 22 points as the Roadrunners came from behind to beat Mineral Area on Saturday.
Punter said his big week came from the work he was putting in.
“Just getting up every single morning and taking shots I’d normally take in a game,” he said. “It’s just playing with confidence, no type of swagger, just doing what I do best.”
For the season Punter is averaging 20 points per game while hitting 55.2 percent from the field and 36.9 percent from 3-point range. He is one of four Roadrunners averaging in double figures in scoring this season with Joe Thomasson averaging 18.3 points per game, Kedar Edwards averaging 15.2 and Dondre Alexander averaging 11.7. With Thomasson, Punter had the experience of playing together last season, but he has had no trouble getting used to newcomers Edwards and Alexander this year.
“As the season goes on, guys get used to the game,” he said. “It’s just something that comes natural. We’ve been playing with each other since the summer time and chemistry forms. We push it from there.”
Those teammates have helped, not only in drawing defensive attention away from him, but also in finding him with passes. Thomasson had six assists in the win over Mineral Area and against West Plains, Thomasson had seven assists and Edwards had eight.
“They do a great job of making the extra passes and swinging the ball,” he said.
With plenty of season left, Punter knows there are still places where he can improve.
“I just want to continue to grow as a person, grow as a player,” he said. “I just want to continue to be a great teammate.”
Punter and the Roadrunners will be back in action on Saturday at Three Rivers.