Holland “Boo Boo” Woods Named First Team All-Big Sky Conference, Nuhu Honorable Mention
Portland State Athletics — Portland State point guard Holland “Boo Boo” Woods continued his climb into the upper echelon of Big Sky Conference Basketball this season and has been named first team All-Big Sky Conference. Teammate Sal Nuhu, the Vikings’ starting center, has been selected as honorable mention All-Big Sky in voting by league coaches.
Woods has a remarkable resume from this season, setting three Portland State records, a Big Sky Conference record, rising into the top five of all-time scorers at PSU, and leading his team to a number-four seed in this week’s Big Sky Conference Tournament.
Woods, a junior from Phoenix, AZ, led the Vikings in scoring at 17.7 points per game, averaged 5.2 assists and 2.1 steals. He ranks fifth in scoring in the Big Sky, second in assists, leads in steals and is fifth in free throw percentage (.842).
Moreover, Woods set a new PSU career record for assists in a Dec. 28 win against Northern Colorado. Now with 521 helpers, he currently ranks seventh all-time in the Big Sky Conference. Woods set a second Portland State career record in a win at Montana State on Jan. 11 when he eclipsed the steals mark. Appropriately enough, he scored 30 points and hit the game-winning shot with 2.4 seconds left in that game. Woods enters the post-season with 165 career steals – already 37 more than any other Viking in history.
Woods established a new Portland State and Big Sky Conference record when he made 21-21 free throws in a win over Montana on Jan. 30. It was the most free throws ever made in a game without a miss as Woods finished with a career-high 39 points.
In addition, Woods became the 19th Viking in history to pass 1,000 career points this season. He has risen all the way to fifth all-time at PSU with 1,387 points. He has scored more points than any Viking in the past 15 years.
Woods has been the leader on a Viking team that wrapped up the regular season with an 18-14 record, 12-8 and fourth in the Big Sky. As a freshman, he was the Big Sky Freshman of the Year. As a sophomore, he earned second team All-Big Sky.
“A lot was expected of Boo Boo this year and he delivered,” said Viking Coach Barret Peery. “He has grown into a very good leader and continues to get better and better as an all-around player with his experience. I am very happy for him, proud of him, and know the best is yet to come.”
Nuhu, a senior from the Bronx, NY, averaged 10.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots this season. He leads the Big Sky in blocked shots and ranks fourth in the league in rebounding. Nuhu had five double-doubles in league games, six on the season. He bounced back from an early-season ankle injury that caused him to miss a month of action. In just two seasons, he has moved to third in Portland State’s all-time shot blocking list (120).
“Sal really has grown a ton as a player and fought through major injuries to have a very good conference season. I am very excited for him to get this honor,” Peery said.
The Vikings (18-14, 12-8), winners of six in a row, open play in the Big Sky Conference Tournament on Thursday when they face fifth-seeded Montana State (16-15, 10-10) at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, ID. Tip-off is 2:30 p.m. MT/1:30 p.m. PT. The game will be televised on Eleven Sports and live streamed on Pluto TV Channel 531, www.pluto.tv and www.WatchBigSky.com. Live stats are available at www.bigskystats.com.
2019-20 Big Sky All-Conference Team
Mason Peatling, Eastern Washington; Sayeed Pridgett, Montana; Jonah Radebaugh, Northern Colorado; Harald Frey, Montana State; Holland Woods, Portland State
Jacob Davison, Eastern Washington; Jerrick Harding, Weber State; Kendal Manuel, Montana; Trevon Allen, Idaho; Bodie Hume, Northern Colorado
Joshua Patton, Sacramento State; Cameron Shelton, Northern Arizona; Kim Aiken Jr., Eastern Washington; Brooks DeBisschop, Northern Arizona; Jubrile Belo, Montana State
Bernie Andre, Northern Arizona; Cameron Oluyitan, Southern Utah; Sal Nuhu, Portland State; Cody John, Weber State; Izayah Mauriohooho-Le’afa, Sacramento State
Individual Award Winners
Most Valuable Player: Mason Peatling, Eastern Washington
Newcomer of the Year: Jubrile Belo, Montana State
Freshman of the Year: Derrick Carter-Hollinger, Montana
Defensive Player of the Year: Jonah Radebaugh, Northern Colorado
Top Reserve: Kai Edwards, Northern Colorado