Friday, March 25, 2011

Cherryville's Whisnant is N.C. AP boys player of the year

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Cherryville's Terry Whisnant scored all season at a prolific pace and made shooting the 3-pointer look easy.

As a result, the senior guard has been named The Associated Press men's prep basketball player of the year for North Carolina.

The Florida State recruit earned 10 of 13 votes from sports writers across the state in results released Friday. Forsyth Country Day junior Tyler Lewis, who has committed to North Carolina State, was second with two votes after averaging about 27 points and seven assists.

Whisnant averaged 31.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists to return to the AP All-State team for the second straight year. He averaged almost 28 points as a junior and finished his career as the school's all-time leading scorer, retaking a record that his father once held for 23 years before it was first broken in 2008.

“When I first came, people talked to me about it, but I didn't think it was possible,” Whisnant said. “But as the years came, I just stayed in the gym and figured I had a shot at it. I just kept working and it happened.”

Whisnant had a memorable season by any measure. He set a school-record with 124 3-pointers, the fourth-most in state history. His 950 points were the No. 2 single-season total in state history for a senior. He set a state record by scoring at least 20 points in 29 games and tying another mark by scoring at least 40 in three straight games.

His 2,561 career points rank seventh in state history.

“He put up that many points and there were times as a coaching staff, we'd sit over there and say, Shoot the ball, son,' because he'd always look to get teammates involved,” Cherryville coach Scott Harrill said. “As soon as double teams came after him, he was looking for the open man. It wasn't just about him. He could've taken more shots than what he did. It's been a pleasure to coach him.”

Whisnant did all that at a Class 1-A school while turning away inquiries to go to private schools known for showcasing star prospects. He wasn't tempted to leave, he said, because Cherryville was home.

“This is where my dad grew from and where my family is from,” he said. “I wanted to break (the school scoring record) and keep it a family-oriented town.”


Anonymous said...

Way to go Terry I played sports with your dad he was a beast too......

Anonymous said...

Number of Championships? Level of Competition? Ability to make teamates better?
Class 1A is a girls league, right?