Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week - Marcus Wilhite

Jan 29, 2014 10:10 PM

The Oroville High School boys basketball team is 15-4 on the year and for senior guard Marcus Wilhite, it's been a great season he hopes to make even greater, as making a run in the Division-3 playoffs is something he thinks about often, especially in his final season as a Tiger.

"We expected it to be a good season, we all knew that if we worked hard and gave it our all, we'd be where we're at now, it was time to put Oroville back on the map," said Wilhite.

Where they're at now is a position that not many Oroville High sports teams have recently experience, first place in the E.A.L.

"We weren't really looked at as a team that people should look out for and it was time to change the way our community looks at us," said Wilhite.

At 15-4 overall and 2-0 in league play, the Tigers have done just that.

On Tuesday they beat Chico for the first time since 2007.

Wilhite as been a big reason why and coach Rob Anderson refers to him as the team's glue, a leader who puts aside his individual numbers for the betterment of the team.

"He'll defer to other guys and make sure that they shine at the expense of his own game, just shows how good of a person he is and how good of a leader he is," said Anderson.

That leadership stretches from the court to the classroom where Wilhite carries a 3.3 GPA.

"Sports are a privilege and if you have good grades than you can play sports so that's how I look at it," said Wilhite.

He's smart, works hard and possesses an unselfish attitude, qualites that make Wilhite a coaches dream and even though the Tigers have played their way back on the map, the young leader says they've still got a lot more work to do.

"We're looking forward to making it to playoffs and making it pretty deep in the playoffs," said Wilhite.

Oroville High School's Marcus Wilhite is our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.


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