When Colton Weisbrod scored 48 points to set the all-time single-game scoring mark for the Bulldogs Classic, it sent shockwaves through the Southeast Texas hardwood community.
He finished 16-for-24 from the field and 13-for-20 from the free throw line. It is also worth noting he grabbed 12 rebounds. Twitter was flooded with messages to Weisbrod and about the game.
Yet, as everyone else marveled at the performance, Nederland Coach Brian English was never shocked.
There is nothing Weisbrod can do on the court that surprises English anymore.
“Everyone asks me if I had one kid to start a team, who would I take,” English said. “It would be hard not to say Colton Weisbrod. He can do so much. He can put it on the floor, rebound and he is the best scorer I have seen in high school. He is a different player.”
Weisbrod put the 48-point performance on top OF his accomplishments so far this year.
One other occasion was the day Weisbrod signed with the University of New Orleans.
“It was great to get the signing out of the way before the season,” Weisbrod said. “This year I have just been able to play. There is no stress about what will come next.”
The future Privateers player has come a long way since the days of playing Nerf basketball with his father in the family’s living room. Those days are his first memories of the game.
Weisbrod and his teammates have the Bulldogs sitting with a 15-5 overall record and they are 4-0 in the District 20-4A standings. Nederland travels to face Beaumont Ozen tonight. The No. 2 ranked Panthers are 2-2 after a stunning 43-42 loss to Little Cypress-Mauriceville on Tuesday.
Weisbrod is averaging 26.8 points per game and 7.8 rebounds in district play. He is shooting 68-percent in 20-4A games. He averages 25.3 points per game and 8.6 rebounds for the entire year and is shooting 61-percent from the field.
“We have come a long way as a team over the last several weeks,” Weisbrod said, concerning the Bulldogs current nine-game winning streak. “We have come together as a team.”
Nederland has not lost since Dec. 14 when the Bulldogs fell 68-49 to West Brook in the Bulldogs Classic.
Weisbrod said team chemistry is the main reason why Nederland has found success.
“It is huge,” Weisbrod said. “If you aren’t close off the court, you will not be close on the court. When that happens, the team will struggle.”
So instead of simply settling for a third or fourth playoff spot like many expected Nederland would grab, the Bulldogs are thinking title.
“The district is open,” Weisbrod added. “We don’t always get too much credit but that is fine with our team. We can go out, play our game and prove people wrong. We love it.”
Weisbrod’s statistics are impressive. The most significant part of knowing Colton Weisbrod is realizing all the points in the world do not matter to him if Nederland loses a game.
“One of the first things I try to remember is to be a team player,” he added. “It is important the whole team gets going. If I take all the shots, make or miss, the defense would focus only on me. When other guys are involved and we are playing as a team, it opens the whole court up to us.”
The sky is the limit for Weisbrod and no matter where the basketball road takes him, English will still never be shocked.
“I have said it so many times but his work ethic is second to none,” English said. “I saw potential in him as a freshman but he has exceeded what I expected. We will miss him after this year. That isn’t even a question.”
PAM @ Baytown Sterling, 7 p.m.
North Shore @ West Brook, 7 p.m.
Channelview @ La Porte, 7 p.m.
Nederland @ Ozen, 7:30 p.m
Vidor @ PN-G, 7:30 p.m
Livingston @ Central, 7:30 p.m
LC-M @ Lumberton, 7:30 p.m
Hardin-Jefferson @ Bridge City, 7:30 p.m
WO-S @ Buna, 7:30 p.m
Hamshire-Fannett @ Silsbee, 7:30 p.m
Beaumont Kelly @ Houston St. Pius
Baytown Sterling @ PAM, 7 p.m.
West Brook @ North Shore, 7 p.m.
Ozen @ Nederland, 7:30 p.m.
PN-G @ Vidor, 7:30 p.m.
Central @ Livingston, 7:30 p.m.
Lumberton @ LC-M, 7:30 p.m.
Bridge City @ Hardin-Jefferson, 7:30 p.m.
Buna @ WO-S, 7:30 p.m.
Silsbee @ Hamshire-Fannett, 7:30 p.m.