WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - At 6-foot-8, Silas Love stands out, but so do his skills on the basketball court.
Three weeks into his college career, Love, who plays for Brunswick Community College, was named the National Junior College Athletic Association player of the week for Nov. 12-18 after averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds per game.
His transition from playing at Hoke County High School to college has been a smooth one.
“In high school, I was playing mostly little kids,” said Love. “People thought when I came here it would be different playing against people more my size.”
“I knew Silas was a talent,” Brunswick coach Walter Shaw added. “We are lucky to have him, and we are interested to see what his future holds.”
Love is carrying the scoring load for the Dolphins (13-2), averaging 23 points and 9 rebounds in 15 games, but he credits his teammates for creating shot opportunities.
“They are good teammates and they pass the ball,” said Love. “There is no selfishness on the team.”
“For a coach, you always want to play the game inside out,” Shaw added. “If you have a guy that can do damage inside, it makes everyone else’s life easier. Teams adjust to try to stop him and the other guys get to do what they really want to do and that’s take care of business from the outside.”
Even with the early success, Love continues to work on his game. His goal is to earn a Division I scholarship offer.
“I am working on my outside game because I normally play the post,” said Love. “I am trying to work on my jump shop, my handle and stuff like that.”