Weber State senior forward Frank Otis was already leading the Big Sky conference in shooting percentage before he went 22 of 28 from the field in his last three games.
In that same stretch, Otis -- "Mook" to his friends and fans -- also tallied the three highest scoring totals of his career, going for 17 points against Montana, 20 against North Dakota and 15 against Northern Colorado.
The Oakland, Calif., native who transferred to Weber State as a junior after beginning his career at Southern Methodist says he's just trying to help his team. He's now shooting 68.1 percent from the floor, nearly seven percent higher than his nearest Big Sky competitor.
WSU coach Randy Rahe says the game is slowing down for Otis.
"Just slowing myself down helps me to be more comfortable," he said. "I can read the defense better so if one of my teammates is open, I can kick it; if I have one-on-one, I can take advantage of that."
Fellow senior Scott Bamforth has been impressed by Otis' play.
"He's playing slow, he's playing strong, he's not trying to do to much," he said. "He's just playing the game, playing at a good pace. He's comfortable getting in to his moves, his mind's slowing down a little it. He's just reading ... making the right reads."
Otis is scoring in the lane with up-and-under post moves and has also been aggressive in putting the ball on the court and driving.
"Honestly, I think the whole team has," he said. "The Montana trip helped us to learn that we've got to step it up a notch. We got kind of satisfied at the point that we were at and we've got to turn it up now."
After redshirting in 2010-11, Otis was injured for much of his junior year and only played in 12 games.
"This year is really his only year to have a career," Rahe said. "This is his first season of college basketball. He's finally starting to get comfortable, getting some rhythm and starting to believe he can play. When you sit out that much and don't play that much, it takes awhile. He's worked really hard at it and a lot of it is, he's given up himself to try to lead the team. When you give up yourself for the team and don't worry about yourself, you play better. He's really done that."
Weber State's football team played its homecoming game in September; the basketball Wildcats will have most of the month of February for their homecoming.
After playing eight of their first 12 Big Sky games on the road, WSU can look forward to having six of its final eight league games in the Purple Palace.
"It's going to feel good to be at home, man," he said. "We've been on the road for awhile. I'm tired of traveling, I'm tired of staying in these hotels. I'm just ready to be home to play in front of my family and friends."
ESPN will announce Weber State's BracketBusters pairing today. The Wildcats are designated as a road team in the final year of the BracketBusters event, featuring 122 teams from 15 conference, to be held Feb. 22-23.
Weber State football team will hold its annual Football Signing Day Party this Wednesday, Feb. 6, to announce the 2013 signing class. WSU head coach Jody Sears and the rest of the Wildcat coaching staff will announce the newest Wildcats to the public.
The Wildcat Club will host the signing party which will begin at 6 p.m. on the third floor of Stewart Stadium. Admission is free and all fans are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
Weber State's Wildcat Club luncheon scheduled for today has been cancelled. The next luncheon will be held Feb. 25 at noon at the Ogden Marriott Hotel on 24th Street. For more information, call the Wildcat Club at 801-626-6576 or visit weberstatesports.com.
Roy Burton covers Weber State sports for the Standard-Examiner. Follow @RoyBurton on Twitter, read more about the Wildcats at blogs.standard.net/wsu-sports-blog or reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.