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Bellarmine adds former New Albany star Whitehead

Chris Whitehead joins Knights basketball team for 2014-15 season

7/30/2014 | Men's Basketball

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-Bellarmine University Head Basketball Coach Scott Davenport announced today that former New Albany High School standout Chris Whitehead will transfer into the Knights' program for the 2014-15 season. Whitehead, a 5-9 guard who played at Fordham University last year, will have one year of eligibility.

After a stellar high school career, Whitehead went on to play at Weatherford (Texas) College before earning NJCAA Division II First Team All-America honors at Danville (Ill.) Area Community College while leading the Jaguars to a 28-4 record in 2012-13. Last season at Fordham he saw action in 29 games, starting five and registered a season-high 13 points against UMass.

"We are tremendously fortunate to have Chris Whitehead join our program," said Davenport. "He brings a wealth of winning experience to our backcourt. Chris fills a crucial void at both ends of the court. He is a very solid player with great understanding of how the game should be played.

"In speaking with Chris, our staff has been very impressed with his desire to put team first and win! His attitude has been outstanding in his transition to Bellarmine University!"

Whitehead said he chose to transfer for a variety of reasons, but the opportunity to compete for a national championship near was near the top of the list. "The main thing is to get a good education, and I can do that at Bellarmine. Secondly, I want to win (on the basketball court), and Bellarmine's been winning for a long time now," he added. "Being close to home is always a plus, and I know that Coach Davenport is a great coach."

As a high schooler, Whitehead was a two-sport star for the Bulldogs, and in the 2010-11 year was named as the Evening News and Tribune football and basketball player of the year. As a senior on the hardwood, the athletic point guard averaged 17.3 points, 6.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds a contest while also earning a spot on the prestigious Indiana All-Stars.

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Coach Davenport also announced today that junior Tanner Gibson would not be competing on the team due to health concerns stemming from injuries sustained earlier in his playing career. "Tanner will certainly be missed as a valuable part of our team," Davenport said, "but we will support him as he earns his degree. His doctors were very thorough in doing everything possible to do what was in Tanner's best interest. He is a super young man and a very talented player. I know he will use all the discipline he used in basketball and the classroom to be successful in life."

Official release from Bellarmine University sports information
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