Jose Roman leaves his player of the week marketing to his mother. The Shoemaker forward isn’t worried about accolades, only product and progress.

“I actually didn’t know I was put up again until my mom told me,” Roman said. “It didn’t really affect anything, I just kept on playing how I played. ... I didn’t pay attention to it. I was worried about how am I improving. My mom was (paying attention).”

Roman averaged 19.5 points per game in wins against 4A No. 25 Waco University and Austin Travis last week, lifting the Grey Wolves’ to a season-opening 4-0 record and earned his second straight Player of the Week award.

“Winning the award does bring a lot of pressure, but I guess I’m going to have to step up and I’m going to have to handle it and if I mess up, I’ve just got to keep on playing hard,” Roman said. “If I don’t have a good game, then I’ll just play through it. If not, we’ll play through it as a team.”

Roman edged Killeen sophomore running back Daniel McCants by 62 votes (288-226) last week and received about the same amount of support this week, picking up 285 of the 403 votes (70.7 percent) to win the Nov. 20-26 award.

“(My mom) told me she was going to vote every hour. I don’t know how many people are voting. I don’t know who she’s voting for, I’m just letting her deal with all that. I’m just worried about playing basketball,” Roman said.

Roman’s supporters were hardly tested this week.

Ellison’s Deja Pointer finished second to Roman with 70 votes after the junior guard averaged 13 points a game in the Lady Eagles’ blowout wins over Waco and Waco University last week.

In a tight battle for third, Copperas Cove junior guard Shawntee Goff edged Harker Heights junior forward Brianna Freeman 25 votes to 23.

Goff averaged 15 points per game in the Lady Dawgs’ wins over Killeen and Austin LBJ. Freeman averaged 17 points per game in wins over state-ranked Brock (2A No. 8) and Giddings (3A No. 8), helping the 11th-ranked Lady Knights to a 9-0 start to their season.

Even though Roman is focussed on winning and getting better, he’s noticed the Grey Wolves’ support this season even if he is not watching his vote totals.

“It feels good knowing that we have a lot of fans for Shoemaker, showing their support basically coming to our games no matter if we win or lose,” Roman said. “Outside of that, having everybody in the stands and supporting us in whatever we do is great.”


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