WPA’s Whitaker signs to play at Catawba Valley CC

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Wilson Prep graduate Tyronne Whitaker Jr. recently signed to play basketball at Catawba
Valley Community College, but he doesn’t plan to be there too long.

“My process is one and done, and they said they can get me one and done, but I got to be willing to put in the work,” Whitaker said. “It’s going to take a lot because everything isn’t easy but you can make it easy if you really put your full potential into it.”

Whitaker had an offer from NCAA Division II member Saint Augustine’s University, but didn’t feel it was the best situation for him. Pitt Community College, Wake Tech and Johnston Community College all extended offers, but he felt most confident in the Red Hawks coaching staff and liked the environment.

“It’s really like a Division I program, but it’s a juco,” Whitaker said. “They do a lot of one-on-one gym work, a lot of in the gym practicing and the people up there are friendly. It’s in the middle of nowhere, but still, it’s a lot of stuff to do up there. I get a lot of gym time. To me, it’s a lot of freedom, but only to a certain extent.”

The 6-foot-1 guard led the 20-8 Tigers in scoring, assists and steals. The son of Yolanda Whitaker and Tyronne Whitaker Sr. averaged 19.9 points, three rebounds, 2.3 assists and three steals per game last season. 

Whitaker said he needs to work on finishing and handling with the left hand while in Hickory. Whitaker said he plans to be a point guard like he occasionally was for the Tigers, but has no problem moving off the ball. Whitaker plans to major in business.