GREENWOOD, SC – Every successful basketball team has to have players that know their roles within the team. Some want to be scorers, others point guards who rack up assists as they get their teammates involved. Very few players in today’s game accept the role of “doing the dirty work,” by playing hard-nosed defense and rebounding, doing things that go unseen in the box score.
Greenwood Eagles’ center Terrance White happens to be one of those rare players.
“I definitely take pride in doing the dirty work,” White said. “Whatever it takes for our team to get the ‘W’, I’m willing to do.”
After starting the Region I-4A schedule at 1-4, the Eagles have rattled off consecutive road wins to move to 3-4 in region play. White poured in 15 in an Eagles’ 61-60 upset win in overtime, followed by a 13 point performance in the Eagles’ 59-52 triumph over J.L. Mann.
“T White has been in our program at the varsity level for three years now,” Greenwood Head Coach Jim Still said. “He knows what we expect from him and has become a senior leader, leading by example much of the time.”
White, who is currently averaging 10.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest, explained that his versatility on offense has allowed him to contribute more during his senior season.
“I feel like I’m versatile, can do a lot of things,” White said. “I am comfortable shooting the mid range jumper, can get my teammates involved with the pass and create space for others to score. We have a young team, so I know that our veterans have to step up and be leaders.”
White’s increased scoring role in region play has proved to be a welcome addition to the Eagles’ overall arsenal.
“He (White) has always been able to shoot the ball, so we have done a lot of pick and pop with him in the past,” Still said. “He has good touch and soft hands, but the area he has improved a lot in is playing with his back to the basket. Over the past three or four games, he has been one of our most consistent scorers, and learning to play with his back to the basket has influenced that a ton.”
As the Eagles prepare to host Woodmont Friday night with a chance to move to 4-4 in Region I-4A play, the young squad has a new found confidence. Tipoff is set for 7:30.
“We all know we have to come ready to work every day in practice,” White explained. “We just have to try to get better every day.”