Mitchell, Thornton named Zaxby's Athletes of the Week

Mitchell, Thornton named Zaxby's Athletes of the Week

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Tusculum University forward Brandon Mitchell and middle blocker Tatum Thornton have been named the Zaxby's Athletes of the Week. Thornton earns this honor for a second time this year.

Mitchell, a junior from Virginia Beach, Virginia, averaged a double-double posting 14.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game for the Tusculum men's basketball team.

He tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds in Tusculum's 74-73 win over Young Harris in the Pioneers' home-opener.  Mitchell followed that effort with nine points and eight boards in 20 minutes of play in TU's 81-79 loss to UNC Pembroke.  He closed out the week with 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in an 85-80 loss to Lees-McRae.

Of his rebound total, he average eight offensive boards per contest. He also shot 55.2 percent from the floor and went 12-of-16 at the free throw line (75%) for the week.

Mitchell leads the South Atlantic Conference in rebounding averaging 10.4 boards per contest and is third on the team posting 13.8 points per game.  He is also the conference's second-leading shot blocker averaging 2.4 rejections per contest.

Thornton, a senior from Ovilla, Texas crushed 18 kills on a .351 hitting percentage and added 10 total blocks as the Pioneers went 2-0 on the weekend with SAC home wins over Anderson and Newberry.

Tusculum downed Anderson for the first time since 2015 and blanked them for the first time in six seasons. Thornton posted six kills and five blocks in a 3-0 victory over the Trojans.

On her senior day against the Wolves, she recorded 12 kills, one off of her career-high, on a .455 clip and a career-high four solo blocks, alongside a block assist.

In her 28 matches this year, she is averaging 1.55 kills and 0.86 blocks per set (13th in SAC) while posting a .251 hitting percentage (14th in SAC).

The Tusculum University Athlete of the Week Award is sponsored by Zaxby's, located at 3280 Andrew Johnson Highway in Greeneville.  The Zaxby's Athlete of the Week Award honors one male and one female athlete each week from an in-season sport.


2019-2020 Zaxby's Athletes of the Week


Male Athlete of the Week

Female Athlete of the Week

Sep. 5-8, 2019

Will Cronin (Cross Country)           

Nicole McMillen (Cross Country)

Sep. 9-15, 2019

Yago Fernandez (Men's Tennis)

Rory Church (Women's Tennis)

Sep. 16-22, 2019

Jeffery Perez (Men's Golf)

Gabby Gray (Women's Volleyball)

Sep. 23-29, 2019

Henrique Devens (Men's Soccer)

Carli Pigza (Women's Volleyball)

Sep. 30-Oct. 6, 2019

Kyler Hodges (Cross Country)

Nicole McMillen (Cross Country)

Oct. 7-13, 2019

Nikola Vujicic (Men's Soccer)

Danielle Breen (Women's Soccer)

Oct. 14-20, 2019

David Johnson (Football)

Annie & Caitlin McCullough (Tennis)

Oct. 21-27, 2019

Henrique Devens (Men's Soccer)

Nicole McMillen (Cross Country)

Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2019

Thurlow Wilkins (Football)

Tatum Thornton (Women's Volleyball)

Nov. 4-10, 2019

Trenton Gibson (Men's Basketball)

Nicole McMillen (Cross Country)

Nov. 11-17, 2019

Brandon Mitchell (Men's Basketball)

Tatum Thornton (Women's Volleyball)