St. Luke’s Whyte going to Boston University
Published 1:51 pm, Wednesday, October 12, 2016
In his two years at St. Luke’s, Walter Whyte has developed into a superstar.
In the 2015-16 season Whyte played an integral role on a team that won both the FAA and NEPSAC Class C titles, and after a recruitment process that included more than 30 schools, Whyte announced via Twitter Tuesday that next fall he will be attending Boston University.
“From the beginning I had a great relationship with (BU coach Joe Jones),” Whyte said. “We talk mostly about things besides basketball and that’s big to me. This is going to be a lifetime relationship so I wanted it to be a good one that we’ve been building for a while.”
At 6-foot-5 Whyte is a three-star prospect according to Rivals and was part of ESPN’s Top-100 recruits as a junior last season.
Whyte didn’t develop into the specimen he is today until his sophomore year.
In his freshman year at Simsbury and on the Nike AAU circuit with the PSA Cardinals, Whyte learned to be a role player,mastering the fundamentals of the game, which gives him an edge over pure-scorers.
“He was a role player and a late bloomer, so in order to survive before getting all his notoriety he embraced doing all the dirty work,” St. Luke’s coach Drew Gladstone said. “After he became who he is, regardless of the team he’s on he is able to stay on the floor because he will be able to affect the game even when he’s not scoring.”
And he’s constantly trying to get better.
Last season Whyte led the Storm with 20 points and nine rebounds per game.
He also shot 33 percent from 3-point range last saeason, and while that percentage isn’t earth shattering, it is much more impressive when taken into account that in his sophomore campaign Whyte hit only one 3-point field goal.
“He’s a very humble kid and he understood if we wanted to play at a high level in college, at his size, he would have to play on the perimeter and be able to shoot,” Gladstone said. “Early in his career he was stuck under the basket because he was a big, athletic kid and he took it upon himself to develop himself and he got up 1,000 shots a day and that was evident last year.”
Completing the recruitment process before his senior season began was of high importance to Whyte, as he wants a clear head in the Storm’s pursuit of back-to-back titles.
“It’s a big relief,” Whyte said. “I want to have a great senior year and not be stressed with trying to find a school and that goes hand-in-hand with my season. I wanted to be focused and the only thing I want to worry about is getting another championship.”
As far as Whyte’s intangibles, the list is extensive, but one stat in particular stood out to Gladstone, and it’s something that is seen rarely in players of White’s caliber.
“He knows what it takes to win and that’s doing the little things that make you great,” Gladstone said. “He did that for us last year. He led us in taking charges, which you never see from a high-major prospect, and that tells you a lot.”
The little things are what have gotten Whyte to where he is today, and he has no plan to change that as he inches towards the next level.
“I’ll do whatever it takes to win,” Whyte said. “If coach tells me to go be a facilitator I’ll be a facilitator. If they want me to be a rebounder, I’ll do that. If they tell me to score, I’ll definitely do that — it’s a part of my game. I’ve learned to adapt, and not a lot of guys are like that. … If you just stay patient and do what you have to do to stay on the court, you’ll find a way to be successful.”