Corella and Washburn earn Co-Player of the Week honors

Simpson University Sports News


Simpson Co-Player of the Week: Ian Corella

Ian Corella has been the paint power house for the Simpson University men’s basketball team for the past three years. As a junior in the program, Corella has used his dominance in the key on defense and quick turn-around post moves to help the Red Hawks offensively in this season.

Corella’s accomplishments include being named the California Pacific Conference Freshman of the Year in the 2011-2012 season and being named Second Team All-Cal Pac his freshman and sophomore years. His academic accomplishments include making the Dean's List. He is currently averaging 11.21 points and 4.29 rebounds a game.

Corella finished with 24 points for the Red Hawks and shooting 11-for-16 from field goal range in Simpson’s 81-80 semi-final overtime win against William Jessup University on Saturday, March 1.

“I believe our last game really showed our team’s heart and character,” said Corella. “We didn’t give up when we were down and fought hard when faced with adversity. It was a fun win but our focus is on the championship game now.”

Simpson Co-Player of the Week: Jonnie Washburn

Jonnie Washburn has proven to be a key player for the Simpson University men’s basketball team. A transfer from Seattle Pacific University and entering his second season playing with the Red Hawks, Washburn has led on and off the court with his wisdom, tenacious defense and ability to shoot the ball.

Washburn was a four-year starter on Cascade Christian's basketball team, located in Puyallup, Wash. His athletic honors include being a three-time team captain and MVP, three-time first team all-league selection, an all-state selection, and a state champion. He earned high honors all four years of high school. Washburn currently averages 8.35 points per game and 2.85 rebounds per game.

Washburn finished with 16 points and hit several big three’s in Simpson’s 81-80 semi-final overtime win against William Jessup University on Saturday, March 1.

“I’ve been reading this book called Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick. It’s really helped me with my confidence in life and it has translated to the basketball court,” said Washburn. “I always expect and believe we can win, no matter who we’re playing or what the score is at any point in the game. I’ve just tried to pass on that attitude to our team. It’s been easy because we have other great leaders and are a confident team as a whole. That’s why we’ve won so many close games. We always believe.”


Written by Nichole Jones

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