Marshall Player of the Week: JP Kambola

Position: Center          Class: Senior          Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Kambola recorded his first career double-double with 14 points on 5-8 FG and 12 rebounds in Saturday’s victory over North Texas. Kambola also reached double-digit scoring in Thursday’s win over Rice when he scored 10 points on 4-7 FG, which included two 3-pointers. For the season, Kambola is averaging 5.5 PPG on 51.7 percent shooting and 3.9 RPG, but since being reinserted into the starting lineup against UTEP on January 24th, Kambola is averaging an impressive 10 PPG and 6.8 RPG the last five games. It is no coincidence that Kambola’s improved play has coincided with more team success as the Herd have won four of its past five games.

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Kambola is a big man at 6-foot-9 and 244 pounds, and his impact is finally starting to match his size this season. After playing 13 minutes total as a freshman, averaging a meager 3.5 MPG as a sophomore and missing all of last season due to an NCAA eligibility issue, Kambola has emerged as a reliable and productive big man as of late. His effort on the offensive glass has led to second-chance opportunities for the Herd, while his size, solid build and technique makes him a very effective screener. However, unlike many players his size, Kambola has also showed he can knock down threes when defenses lag off of him.

Head coach Dan D’Antoni on Kambola’s resiliency: “He is a great young man, who has run up against the wall as a senior and he’s had all of those previous experiences, and it’s started to dwindle down. A lot of guys with a lot less character would have quit, but you know that he’s come back and picks all of it up shows who he is.”

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