Senior center John Vitkus (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) played the best basketball of his career down the stretch for The University of Scranton men's basketball team. His play was recognized this week as he was named National Jesuit Player of the Week by the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight.
Vitkus capped his career with two standout performances in the NCAA Tournament last week, averaging 20.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 steals as the Royals reached the second round.
In Friday's first-round game, Vitkus was at his absolute best, scoring 26 points on 9-for-14 shooting from the field as Scranton posted a thrilling 82-77 overtime victory over Oswego State at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. He played the final seven minutes of regulation and all of overtime with four fouls, helping the Royals complete a comeback from an 18-point deficit early in the second half.
Vitkus added seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in 34 minutes in the win over Oswego State. He also went 8-for-11 from the free throw line.
A day later, Vitkus had 15 points, five rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal in an 80-53 loss to Williams in the second round. He went 6-for-8 from the field and 3-for-3 from the free throw line.
For the season, Viktus shot 63.5 percent from the field and finishes with a career field goal percentage of 63.1 percent, the highest in University of Scranton men's basketball history.