DENVER -- A pair of outstanding performances by Andrew Romero III has earned the Johnson & Wales University senior national recognition.
Romero III, a guard on the JWU Denver men's basketball team, on Tuesday was named the Division III National Player of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) after averaging 32.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals in wins over league rivals Texas Lutheran and Southwestern, two teams that stood first and second in the SCAC standings to begin the week.
The Northglenn, Colorado, native played all 40 minutes of each crucial late-season contest and shot a remarkable 62.5 percent from the field (20-of-32), adding 10 total assists to just three turnovers.
"That award isn't just about me; it's about all of us," said Romero III, who on Monday was named the SCAC Player of the Week for the second time this season. "That award really wouldn't mean anything if we didn't get any wins. This weekend we got two really good team wins, and it's really exciting for JWU because not many people know about us. It's good to have people respect us and just put us on the map."
The two victories vaulted JWU Denver (16-6, 9-4) to second place in the SCAC, just a half-game behind TLU (14-7, 9-3). JWU's 16 wins are the third-most in a single season in program history, trailing only the 2009-10 team that won 17 games and the 2016-17 team that won 18 games.
With three games remaining on JWU's slate, Romero III leads the SCAC in scoring (24.7 ppg), ranks sixth in rebounding (6.9), seventh in assists (3.3) and second in steals (2.2.). He's already the program's all-time leader in points and rebounds and is just 21 points away from 2,000 for his career.
In a heated battle for the regular season title as a first-year member of the SCAC, the Wildcats hit the road this weekend for a game Friday at Austin followed by a matchup at Centenary on Saturday. JWU then returns home to wrap up the season Saturday, Feb. 16 against Colorado College.