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MTSU senior JaCorey Williams was awarded with Most Valuable Player of the Challenge in Music City Tournament. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward averaged 24 points, 7.3 rebounds in the three-day tournament at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.
“I just give all the credit to my teammates,” said Williams. “I just do whatever I can to help the team win, whether it’s score, rebound, bring intensity. Whatever I need to do, I just try to help my team win.”
During Sunday’s matchup with Evansville, Williams totaled 25 points and 10 rebounds earning his first career double-double.
“I feel like I can go after a lot of rebounds, I just feel like sometimes they don’t fall to me,” said Williams. “But I was very active tonight and I’m proud I got my first double-double.”
Rebounding has been an emphasis for Williams all season from coach Davis and tonight’s performance may be a start of a new trend for the big man.
“I’m proud of JaCorey. You know he has a great competitive spirit to win,” said Davis. “Tonight was his first double-double and I’ve been harping on him and harping on him to get double-figure rebounds.”
The Birmingham, Ala. native ended with a career-high 31 points in Saturday’s overtime victory against Toledo. Through seven games, Williams averages 21.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest, proving he is a force to be reckoned with in college basketball.
2016-2017 Challenge in Music City All-Tournament Team
JaCorey Williams, Middle Tennessee (MVP)
Giddy Potts, Middle Tennessee
Denzel Ingram, UNC Wilmington
Steve Taylor Jr., Toledo
Jaylon Brown, Evansville
2016-2017 Challenge in Music City Final Standings
1. Middle Tennessee
2. UNC Wilmington