EWU sophomore from Boronia is one of five first team selections featured by Australia’s “The Pick and Roll” basketball web site
Eastern Washington University’s Venky Jois has been selected as one of the top five collegiate men’s basketball players from Australia in a feature story on the sophomore forward by “The Pick and Roll.”
The basketball web site (www.pickandroll.com.au) is counting down its five first team selections on its All-Australian team. Oregon State center Angus Brandt is the only other selection revealed thus far.
Jois, who stands 6-foot-7 and is from Boronia in Australia, will serve as one of EWU’s co-captains in the 2013-14 season. He has also been selected as a second team selection on the College Sports Madness preseason All-Big Sky Conference team. He and his Eastern teammates open the season at home on Nov. 10 versus Pacific University.
Jois finished his freshman season in 2012-13 as the Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year, after averaging 12.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.4 blocked shots, 2.0 assists and nearly one steal per game. He won the award despite a mid-season ankle injury that kept him out of three games and limited him in several others.
He was also the lone Eagle on the BSC All-Conference team, earning honorable mention accolades. College Sports Madness selected Jois on its All-Big Sky second team, as well as the league’s Freshman of the Year. Jois was also one of a school-record nine Eagles to be selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team.
Jois finished the season with nine double-doubles to lead the Big Sky and rank 69th in NCAA Division I, but none after suffering an ankle injury against Montana State (1/31/13) when he finished with career highs of 14 rebounds and seven assists, as well as eight points. He last double-double came when he had 20 points and 13 rebounds at Portland State (1/28/13).
With 66 blocked shots for the season, he originally broke the school record of 51 set by Paul Butorac in 2006, but was passed by teammate Martin Seiferth (68). Despite playing just one season as an Eagle, Jois already ranks seventh in career blocked shots (66) on EWU’s all-time leaders list. The record is 99 held by Paul Butorac (2004-07).
Jois had his best game as an Eagle with 22 points and 13 rebounds on 10-of-14 shooting against Cal State Fullerton (11/30/13) in EWU’s 79-75 win to earn Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honors.
More on Jois may be found at: http://www.goeags.com/sports/m-baskbl/2013-14/Bios/jois_venky_9n1p