BY WILL WILLEMS – SPORTS EDITOR
DOVER — Western Boone senior JT Whitaker always wanted to study engineering in college.
Now he is going to have a chance to do that, and play college basketball at the same time.
Whitaker will be attending Rose Hulman Institute of Technology next year to play basketball. He had a signing ceremony Tuesday at Western Boone.
“It was a lot weight off my shoulders because I had many decisions and it was hard to narrow it down,” Whitaker said. “But once I met with the coaches, coach (Jim) Shaw really helped influence me, and it was ultimately a good decision. I felt good after I made it.”
Whitaker said in the end, his decision came down to Rose Hulman and Wabash.
“I always wanted to go into engineering, even since I was little,” he said. “That was a big emphasis on my decision. The schooling was really good and the basketball program, I liked their overall morals and ethics and they are a good team.”
Rose Hulman finished the season 22-6 and won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference to advance to the Division III national tournament for the third-straight season.
Whitaker said he believes he can come in and be a factor right away.
“They liked that I was an all-around player here,” Whitaker said. “I was good offensively and defensively. I will probably fit in the 4-position for them.” Another thing Whitaker liked was the location of the Terre Haute campus.
“The location is very nice,” Whitaker said. “I can stay close with my parents and they can come watch my games. I am also pretty close to Western Boone, so I will have a chance to come back and watch some of my friends play.”
Whitaker averaged 8.3 points and 5.7 rebounds during his two seasons on the varsity at Western Boone and helped the Stars reach the sectional title game this past season.
He said he enjoyed his experience as a Star.
“I will remember how much of a family we are here at Western Boone,” Whitaker said. “We work together and are a big team, a big family.”
Whitaker plans on studying mechanical engineering with the hopes of one day getting a job at a company like Allison Transmission or Cummins or another big company in Indianapolis.
Western Boone senior JT Whitaker, with his family, Western Boone boys basketball coach Scott McClelland and Western Boone athletic director Jason Mulligan at his signing ceremony Tuesday. Whitaker will be going to Rose Hulman to play basketball.