34 Sam Willard
34 Sam Willard
Height: 6-9
Weight: 225
Year: Senior
Hometown: Pierre, S.D.
High School: T. F. Riggs HS
Position: Forward
2009-10 (Junior): Continuing to emerge as one of the top big men on the west coast, Sam earned All-Big West Conference Honorable Mention honors ... After an outstanding CollegeInsider.com Tournament, he earned all-tournament honors ... In the tournament, he averaged 15.8 points and 11.3 points per game ... He led the team in points (11.7 ppg), rebounds (8.4 rpg), free-throw percentage (.786), free throws made (81), rebounds (8.4 per game) and minutes (30.8 per game) ... Sam was second in the Big West in rebounding (8.4 rpg), sixth in field goal percentage (.485) and fifth in free throw percentage (.786) ... He had a career best 23 points and 17 rebounds against Loyola Marymount on March 17 ... Sam tallied eight double-doubles last season, including a stellar 20 points and 11 rebounds on March 6 at Cal State Northridge ... Willard had a career-best 15 rebounds at Santa Clara on Dec. 21. 2008-09 (Sophomore): Sam started all but one game for the Tigers in 2008-09 and is the team's top returning scorer and rebounder ... In the three games of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, Sam averaged 13.7 points per game ... Willard scored in double-figures 12 times on the year, including seven of the last 10 games ... Sam had four double-figure rebound games on the season ... He was fourth in the Big West in rebounding (6.7 per game), third in offensive rebounding (2.5) and eighth in defensive rebounding (4.1) ... He had a career-high 19 points and seven boards against Portland on Mar. 7, hitting 7-of-9 shots from the field ... Willard tied his career-high with 14 points at San Diego on Feb. 21 ... He scored 14 points against Fresno State on Dec. 6 ... Willard had a career-high 11 rebounds at Pepperdine on Dec. 13 ... He had his first career double-double against UC San Diego on Nov. 19, with 12 points and 10 rebounds ... He led Pacific with 7.7 rebounds per game in the Tigers' three-game fall trip to Canada ... Willard's best effort was a nine-point, 10 rebound performance against University of Vancouver Island on Aug. 30. 2007-08 (Freshman): Sam launched his career at Pacific with promise for future seasons after making 61.1 percent of his shots with 32 points on the season ... He averaged 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per game for the Tigers, with 30 rebounds at the end of the season ... Sam's best performance of the season came against Pepperdine on Dec. 8, when he scored 13 points in his longest outing of the season after 22 minutes of play. High School: Willard came to Stockton from T. F. Riggs High School in Pierre, S.D. ... He was an "AA" All-State First Team selection his senior year, after averaging 15.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game ... Sam was also the McDonald's All-American nominee from South Dakota after his senior year in addition to being a finalist for South Dakota's "Mr. Basketball" award ... He led the Governors to a fifth place finish in the state tournament in 2006-07 ... As a junior, Sam led his team to a 20-4 overall record and to a second place finish in the state tournament ... During the 2005-06 season Willard recorded 14.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, earning First Team All-Eastern South Dakota Conference and second team all-state honors ... Willard finished his career first on the all-time rebounding list at T. F. Riggs HS ... Sam earned Academic All-State honors in each of his final two years of high school. Personal: Samuel Steven Willard was born in Elyria, Ohio ... He is the son of Steve and Marla Willard ... Sam is a sports management major in his fourth year at Pacific ... When not playing basketball, he enjoys golf. Coach Thomason on Willard: "Sam is an inside-outside player who is a really good free-throw and three-point shooter. We just want him to take his confidence to the next level knowing that every night he plays; he's better than who he's playing against. Sam is the team captain and we know he will be successful leading our team."