Freshman Tyler Whatley getting his high school # retired

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Freshman Tyler Whatley getting his high school # retired

Postby BestOfBreed on Fri Jan 06, 2006 4:23 pm

Nice article on freshman Tyler Whatley getting his high school jersey # retired tonight.

Whatley's #25 will be retired
Barrow County News ... 4748.shtml

Tyler Whatley, the former Apalachee basketball standout is progressing steadily through his freshman season of collegiate basketball at Wofford University.

On Friday, though, Whatley will return for another Apalachee/Winder-Barrow game. This time, Whatley will become the first athlete in Apalachee history to have his jersey and number retired.

The 6-foot-9 center led the Wildcats' basketball program to early success in his first four years. Whatley will be honored Friday night when the Wildcats host Winder-Barrow. The retirement ceremony will take place in between the girls and boys varsity games.

Whatley led the team to the Class AA Final Four in 2003 and 2004. Moving up to AAA, Whatley again took the team to the playoffs his senior year.

"He was a huge part of why we were successful," said Head Basketball Coach Kevin Morris. "He was the centerpiece of two Final Four berths."

During his four-year career at Apalachee, Whatley totalled up 1,685 points, 976 rebounds and 351 blocked shots.

Whatley was an honorable-mention All-State selection his senior season, ior year and an honorable mention his sophomore season. In his junior year, Whatley received Player of the Year honors for Region 8-AA.

Whatley was named to the first-team All-Northeast Georgia team by the Athens Banner-Herald each of his final two seasons.

During his senior year, Whatley shot 58 percent from the floor and 44 percent from behind the three-point line. He averaged 22.1 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 2.0 assists per game in his final year of high school ball.

Whatley has been adjusting to the play of collegiate ball, but has shown steady improvement on the year contributing when he gets minutes.

Facing King College on Monday, Whatley put up 8 points and grabbed a rebound in his 9-minutes of playing time in the 60-40 Wofford victory.

"Every time I put (Tyler) in the game, he does something to help our team," said Wofford Head Coach Mike Young after the game. "I've made note of that and his minutes in the next couple of weeks will reflect that."

Whatley's season-high performance came during a blowout of Toccoa Falls where he scored 10 points, picked up 5 rebounds, 1 assists and 1 steal in 24 minutes of action.

Wofford is 5-8 this season after having their first .500 Division 1 season last year. The team had only 13 home games and went on the road to face such tough opponents as Miami, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and Auburn. The Terriers defeated Auburn and lost a close game to Georgia in overtime.

The team from Spartanburg, S.C. will begin their conference schedule play at home on Wednesday against Elon. Whatley will travel to Davidson N.C. on Saturday to take on region opponent Davidson.

Originally published Wednesday, January 4, 2006
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