2008-09: Junior at Creighton • Averaged 7.7 points and 2.2 assists per game while playing in all 35 games, including two starts. • Split time between the point and shooting guard. • Ranked 32nd nationally and second in the MVC in free-throw percentage (85.4 percent). • Had 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go with four steals in win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 20). • Had 11 points and four assists in first career start against UALR (Nov. 25). • Scored season-high 25 points in win over Oral Roberts, hitting 6-of-9 from the field, 4-of-5 from three-point range and 9-of-10 at the line (Nov. 22). • Had career-highs with nine assists, six rebounds and five steals in win over Fresno State (Dec. 22). • Drained three game-tying free throws with 3.3 seconds left in regulation to send game to overtime in win against Southern Illinois (Jan. 14). • Had 15 points off the bench in win over Evansville (Feb. 17), including nine of team’s final 11 points in five-point triumph. • Had 11 points and six assists in win at Missouri State (Feb. 24). • Had 13 games of 10 or more points off the bench.
2007-08: Sophomore at Creighton • Averaged 9.1 points and 2.6 assists while playing in all 33 games off the bench, finishing fourth on the team in scoring and second in assists. • Named to MVC’s All-Bench Team. • Hit game-winning three-pointer with 3.2 seconds left to give Creighton a 74-73 comeback win over Rhode Island (March 18) in NIT play. • Doubled his previous career-best with Qwest Center Omaha record 42 points in regular-season finale vs. Bradley (March 1). • Drained 13-of-20 shots from the floor, 4-of-6 from three-point range and 12-of-13 at the line in 34 minutes off the bench vs. the Braves. • His 42 points are tied for eighth-most in school history and were the most in one game by any sophomore nationally in 2007-08. • His 42 points, which included CU’s final 10 in double-overtime, were the most by any MVC player since Indiana State’s Nate Green had 45 points in 1999. • Named MVC Newcomer of the Week on March 3 after that win vs. Bradley. • Helped CU rally from one-point deficit by scoring team’s final six points in a 74-70 quarterfinal win over Bradley at the MVC Tournament (March 7) six days later. • Started the season 22-for-22 at the free-throw line, the longest streak of makes to start a year in school history since at least 1980. • Had seven points and three assists in 14 minutes of win over DePaul in his debut (Nov. 9). • Scored 14 points in win over Nebraska, including 10 in the second half (Nov. 24). • Celebrated his 20th birthday with 20 points in 16 minutes of play in road win at Drexel (Dec. 1). • Named MVC Newcomer of the Week on Dec. 3 for his play at Drexel and Savannah State. • Scored 21 points in win over Indiana State, including 15 in the first half (Jan. 18). • Had 14 points, all in the second half, while leading a comeback from 15 points down of a win over Wichita State (Feb. 2). • Hit 8-of-11 shots and had 19 points, five rebounds and five assists in win over Missouri State (Feb. 19). • His 301 points ranked second in the MVC (to teammate Booker Woodfox) and tied for 22nd nationally for most points scored without a start.
2006-07: Freshman at Trinity Valley CC • Averaged 10.6 points, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game as team went 20-12. • Shot 78 percent at the line and 37.3 percent from three-point land. • School is located in Athens, Texas, and boasts Nick Van Exel as a prominent alum. • Played for coach Pat Smith, who also coached former Bluejays Tad Ackerman and DeAnthony Bowden at the junior college level.
Ruskin High School • Four-year letterman for the Eagles. • Named all-district, first-team all-conference and second-team all-metro as well as first-team all-state. • Team was 25-8 as a senior and 27-6 as a junior. • Had a high of 44 points as a senior and 36 points as a junior. • Averaged 24.6 points, 6.3 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game to earn team MVP honors as a senior. • Averaged 18.6 points, 4.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game during her junior campaign. • Played for coach Gerry Marlin.
More About Cavel Full Name: Cavel Michael Witter Birthday: Dec. 1, 1987 Birthplace: Kansas City, Mo. Parents: Michael Witter and Joyce Smith Siblings: Markeese Morrell (14) Major: Photo Journalism Nicknames: Vel, Velly Career Ambition: NBA Hobbies: Video games Why Creighton?: Close to home Favorite Vacation Spot: Jamaica Favorite Athletes: Allen Iverson, Chris Paul and Usain Bolt Favorite Basketball Memory: Hitting the game-winning shot against Rhode Island Favorite TV Shows: Martin, The Wayans Bros., The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Favorite Spot on Campus: My room Favorite Sports Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Career Highs Points 42 vs. Bradley (2OT) 3/1/08 Field Goals 13 vs. Bradley (2OT) 3/1/08 Field Goal Attempts 20 vs. Bradley (2OT) 3/1/08 3-Point Field Goals 4 (2x), last vs. Oral Roberts 11/22/08 3-Point Field Goals Attempted 9 vs. Drake 1/24/09 Free Throws 12 vs. Bradley (2OT) 3/1/08 Free Throws Attempted 13 (2x), last vs. Bradley (2OT) 3/1/08 Rebounds 6 vs. Fresno State 12/22/08 Assists 9 vs. Fresno State 12/22/09 Blocks 1 (3x), last vs. Missouri State 2/1/09 Steals 5 vs. Fresno State 12/22/09 Minutes 34 vs. Bradley (2OT) 3/1/08
Awards & Honors 2007-08 MVC All-Bench Team MVC Newcomer of the Week, 12/3 MVC Newcomer of the Week, 3/3