ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Joe Whalen leads unbeaten Beavers

By: Jenn Chapman Email
By: Jenn Chapman Email

"My teammates help me get open and when I get open I just try to make the shot," says guard Joe Whalen.

Making shots is no problem for the Augusta senior, who boasts the area's top scoring average with 26points per game. Additionally, Whalen leads his team in rebounding and is second with assists.

"A lot of teams put their attention towards me and that leaves my teammates wide open and then I get them involved too," adds Whalen.

"He works hard and he's good at what he does," says teammate Bradley Grunewald. "He's good at scoring the ball, putting the ball in the hole, and he's good at defense too."

"He's a play maker. He wins ball games for us," says teammate Jamie Sieg.

Personal stats aside, Joe is leading the Beavers to a remarkable season as they are currently undefeated.

"You know his scoring jumps out but how well he does those other things for us on the floor," comments Augusta head coach Paul Henrich's. "He's one of our captains, one of our leaders and he gets guys involved. And that's something that can't happen in the high school game enough. And Joe is definitely an all-around basketball player which is exciting."

College coaches are calling for the 6'2 guard, who has remained undecided of where he'll play next.

"Joe definitely wants to play at the next level," says Henrichs. "And that's something with guys defending him the way they are now, that's what college basketball is all about."

For now, Joe's number one concern is bringing home a championship to the supportive, Augusta community.

"Our fans are awesome, they support us 100%," says Whalen. "I think some other teams don't like our fans because they are behind us so much, but I like it."

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