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Jocelyn Willoughby

East Orange, N.J.
Newark Academy
High School
Jocelyn Willoughby - Women's Basketball - Virginia Cavaliers

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  • Selected in the first round of the 2020 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury, and then traded that night to the New York Liberty. She is the 11th player in program history to be drafted (first since 2010) and the sixth to be taken in the first round. She was the first of eight ACC players selected in the draft
  • Recipient of a 2019-20 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, joining Cathy Grimes (1985) as the only players in program history to earn this prestigious honor
  • 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee
  • Appointed as a non-voting, student-athlete member of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee. Her tenure runs through her senior season
  • Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership Fellow (Class of 2020 cohort)
  • Lived on The Lawn during the 2018-19 academic year
  • During UVA’s 2018 Fall Convocation Ceremony, she received a certificate of Intermediate Honors, a distinction given to third-year students who are among the top 20 percent of their class in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Completed her undergraduate degree in Global Development Studies in three years and graduated in May 2019
  • Working on her Master’s degree at UVA’s Batten School of Public Policy (began in July 2019)
  • 2019 Raven Award student recipient, presented by the Raven Society


  • 2019-20 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I women’s basketball third team. She was one of 15 players nationally to be named an academic All-American. She is the seventh player in program history to earn the honor and the first to do so since Jenny Boucek in 1996
  • 2019-20 Kay Yow Award winner, honoring the ACC Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She is the first player in program history to win this award
  • Honorable Mention for WBCA All-America team
  • Regional Finalist for WBCA All-America team (a.k.a. WBCA All-Region 2), the 22nd time in program history a player earned All-Region honors
  • All-ACC First Team, the first Cavalier to be named to the first team since Ataira Franklin in 2013. She is the 18th Cavalier in program history to be named to the first team at least once in her career
  • All-ACC Academic Team honoree. She is the first four-time honoree in program history and one of just 12 players in conference history to be a four-time honoree for women’s basketball
  • Earned Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District III honors again this year, the only women’s basketball player in the ACC to earn the prestigious accolade. The honor puts her in the running for Academic All-America honors. She was also the only ACC women’s basketball player to be named Academic All-District last year (2/20)
  • Virginia athletic department’s Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, the first female to ever win the honor twice in their career
  • Added to the midseason Wade Watch List for WBCA Player of the Year honors (2/19)
  • Finished the year as the ACC scoring leader, averaging 19.2 points per game. She is the second player in program history to finish the season as the conference’s scoring leader, joining Monica Wright who did so in both her junior (2009) and senior (2010) seasons, averaging 20.5 and 23.7 points per game, respectively
  • Was on the preseason watch list for two national honors, both of which are named after Ann Meyers Drysdale. She was one of 35 players on the watch list for the USBWA Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Year honor and one of 20 players named to the preseason watch list for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and WBCA Ann Meyers Drysdale award which honors the top shooting guard in the nation. She was not on the midseason watch list for the latter but remains in contention for the former
  • Preseason All-ACC
  • VaSID Women’s Basketball University Division State Player of the Year, the 10th time a Cavalier has earned the honor
  • Hoos Choice Coach’s Award of Excellence recipient
  • Finished her career ranked No. 9 on the career scoring list with 1,677 points
  • Finished her career ranked No. 6 on the career rebounding list with 868
  • She is one of five players to be ranked in the top-10 in both scoring and rebounding at UVA, alongside Heather Burge, Wendy Palmer, Lyndra Little and Cathy Grimes
  • Ranked fifth in career free throws with 426
  • Tenth in career double-doubles with 24
  • Started every game of her collegiate career (127), the only player on the current squad to do so
  • Led the ACC with 14 20-point games this year
  • Finished the season averaging 19.2 points per game, ranked 24th in the nation
  • Ranked 10th in the ACC in rebounding, averaging 7.7 per game
  • Second in the ACC in free throw percentage at 87.0 percent, ranking 20th in the nation
  • Opened the season by scoring a career-high 31 points against Bucknell, the first 30-point game by a Cavalier player since 2010. Also had 11 rebounds for her 15th career double-double
  • Named the ACC Player of the Week (11/11) after the opening week of the season, the first ACC Player of the Week honor for a Cavalier since Faith Randolph earned the accolade on Dec. 28, 2015. This is the second weekly conference honor that Willoughby has earned in her career as she was voted the ACC Rookie of the Week on Jan. 20, 2017
  • Had a streak of 25-consecutive made free throws that spanned parts of the first five games of the season
  • Averaged 25.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game in the Cavalier Classic tournament
  • Grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds against JMU, the most by a Cavalier since Felicia Aiyeotan’s 16 against Mississippi State on Nov. 9, 2018
  • Had three-straight 20-point games against JMU, UCLA and Rutgers (11/30-12/5), and then a string of four straight against NC State (25), Duke (24), Boston College (23) and Wake (20)
  • Named to the Duel in the Desert All-Tournament team after scoring 38 points with 16 rebounds in the two games against UNLV and No. 15 Mississippi State
  • Converted 24 consecutive free throw attempts from Jan. 2-12 (UNC, NC State, Duke, BC games)
  • Earned her second ACC Player of the Week honor for her efforts against Duke and Boston College (1/13)
  • With her six rebounds against Virginia Tech (1/19), moved into the top-10 rebounders in program history, passing Dawn Staley
  • Back-to-back 20-point games in the wins over Syracuse (24) and Clemson (21).
  • After scoring 19  at Florida State, returned to the 20-point game pattern with 25 in the come-from-behind win against Miami. She had 19 points in the second half while the Hurricanes scored 22 (2/13)
  • Scored 29 points, including 17 in the second half, in the win at Virginia Tech, also picking up her ninth double-double of the year. The 29 points also moved her into the top-10 in scoring in program history (2/23)
  • Finished her career by posting her 10th double-double of the season, scoring 13 points with 12 rebounds in the ACC Tournament second round game against Syracuse (3/5)


  • 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-District III, the first UVA women’s basketball player to earn the honor since Jenny Boucek did so in 1996 and the only ACC WBB player to earn the honor that season
  • Named the Virginia Athletics Department’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the Hoos Choice awards
  • Voted to the All-ACC Academic Team for the third-straight year
  • VaSID All-State Second Team
  • Became the 35th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points on a jumper with 1:59 remaining in the third quarter of the Louisville game (2/21)
  • Led the team in both scoring (14.8 ppg) and rebounding (8.3rpg), the first Cavalier to do so since Monica Wright in 2010
  • Finished the year ranked  seventh in the ACC in rebounding
  • Posted six 20-point performances and 24 double-digit scoring efforts
  • Has started every game of her collegiate career, the only player on the current squad to do so
  • Scored a team-high 14 points with eight rebounds at ODU, going 7-of-7 from the free throw line (11/18)
  • Grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds against Saint Louis (11/25)
  • Had the Cavaliers’ first 20-point performance of the season, matching her career high by scoring 25 points against American, going 5-of-7 from three-point range (12/5)
  • Named to the Florida Sunshine Classic All-Tournament Team after scoring 23 points in the comeback victory over South Florida (12/21)
  • Grabbed the 500th rebound of her career at Clemson (1/6)
  • Had a 25-point game at Syracuse, going 10-of-13 from the free throw line. Also grabbed 12 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season (1/31)
  • Scored a career-high 26 points in the overtime victory over BC, her second 25-point performance in a three-game span. She took 27 shots in the game, which was the most by an ACC player in a single game this season (as of 2/7)
  • Head her second-straight double-double and second-straight 20-point game, scoring 20 points with 10 rebounds in the win over Duke (2/10)
  • Five-straight double-doubles against BC, Duke, UNC, Louisville and Georgia Tech (2/7-24)
  • ACC Academic Honor Roll
  • VaSID All-State Academic Team


  • All-ACC Academic Team, second time earning the honor
  • Started all 33 games for the Cavaliers; was the only player to start every game this season; has started every game of her career
  • Third on the team in scoring with 9.6 points per game and second in rebounding at 5.4 per game
  • Scored a team-high 19 points in the win over Central Connecticut and followed that with a 17-point performance against Georgia (11/16)
  • Scored 11 points in 22 minutes against UNCG, going 5-of-7 from the field (12/2)
  • Led team with 14 points at Rutgers (12/4)
  • Scored 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting with 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season at BC (1/11); followed that with a second straight double-double at Duke with 11 points and 10 rebounds
  • Scored eight points with 10 rebounds (including six O-boards) at FSU (2/8)
  • Went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to seal the victory over Cal (3/16). Was 10-of-10 in the NCAA Tournament from the free throw line
  • Played 35 minutes in each of the two NCAA Tournament games, scoring 13 points with six rebounds against Cal and six points with seven rebounds against South Carolina


  • Attended USA Basketball U19 Women’s World Cup Team trials at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 18-21)


  • All-ACC Freshmen Team
  • All-ACC Academic Team
  • Started all 33 games for the Cavaliers, averaging 9.8 points and a team-high 6.2 rebounds per game, also grabbing 55 steals with 55 assists
  • Second among ACC freshmen in rebounding (6.2 per game) and led the conference rookies in steals per game (1.7 per game, 55 overall)
  • Second among ACC freshmen in scoring at 9.8 points per game
  • Became the first freshman to lead UVA in rebounding since Brandi Teamer in 2002 and the first freshman guard to do so since Chrissy Reese in 1980
  • Only player on the 2016-17 UVA team to have two 20-point games in the season
  • Was in the starting lineup for her collegiate debut against Middle Tennessee, scoring 13 points with a game-high nine rebounds (11/11)
  • Started the Coppin State game going 8-of-8, scoring all 21 of her points in the first half (11/13)
  • Had her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds against St. John’s (11/25)
  • Had her second double-double of the season at Georgia, with 13 points and 10 rebounds while also grabbing a season-high six steals (12/19)
  • MVP of the Cavalier Classic Tournament with a combined 27 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals in the two games (12/29)
  • Named the ACC Rookie of the Week (Jan. 30) after helping lead the Cavaliers on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor against No. 19/21 Virginia Tech and No. 8/9 Notre Dame. Led the team in scoring in both games, including scoring 18 points in the 76-27 win over Virginia Tech, going 6-of-8 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the stripe against the Hokies
  • Scored team-high 17 points in ACC Tourney win over Wake (3/2)
  • Scored a career-high 25 points in WNIT win at Saint Joseph’s, including scoring nine crucial points in the fourth quarter (3/17)


  • 2016 Gatorade New Jersey Girl’s Basketball Player of the Year
  • 2016 MaxPreps All-America Fourth Team
  • Two-time First Team All-State and All-County
  • Averaged 21.9 points, 12.8 rebounds, 3.9 blocks, 3.8 assists and 3.1 steals per contest her senior season
  • Became the first female player at Newark Academy l to score 1,000 career points, doing so in her sophomore season.
  • As a freshman and sophomore, she helped lead Newark to two-straight seasons with 21-or-more wins and back-to-back Prep B girls’ basketball state titles.
  • Ranked the No. 8 wing in her class and No. 47 player overall by ESPN-W and No. 5 at her position and No. 28 overall by Prospects Nation


  • Daughter of KJ and Cheryl Willoughby
  • Older brother, Kelly III