Vulcan basketball player Salim Gloyd chosen PacWest Newcomer of the Year

The stellar athlete’s impact is felt so much by opponents that PacWest coaches voted Gloyd the PacWest Newcomer of the Year.

Salim Goyd on the court.
Salim Goyd

Salim Gloyd made an immediate impact on the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo basketball team when he put on the Vulcan jersey in January. That impact was felt so much by opponents that the PacWest coaches have voted Gloyd the PacWest Newcomer of the Year.

Gloyd was also a first-team all-PacWest selection. He was joined on the team by BYU-Hawaii’s Scott Friel, Concordia’s Stephen Gorsey, Dixie State’s Mark Ogden, Jr., and California Baptist’s Michael Smith and Gelaun Wheelwright.

A transfer from the University of Indianapolis, Gloyd (Bouake, Cote D’Ivoire/Ballard-Seattle, Wash.) led the PacWest in conference scoring with 22.9 points per game. He was also fifth in rebounding at 8.6 per game and eighth in field goal percentage at .527.

He scored at least 20 points in 13 of his 17 games, including three 30-point efforts (31 vs Holy Names and Notre Dame de Namur; 38 vs Hawaii Pacific). He posted eight double-doubles on the season with a 31-point, 15-rebound game against Holy Names.

He was the PacWest Player of the Week on Feb. 22 after scoring 31 and 38 points in consecutive wins.

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