Whitworth signs with Cumberland

Friday, May 6, 2016
Cassi Whitworth is flanked by her parents David and Anna Whitworth as she signs her Letter of Intent to play basketball next season at Cumberland University at Lebanon. Back row from left is, Kevin McGehee (MCHS Athletic Director), Cumberland assistant coach Jessica Pace and former MCHS Coaches Jeri Henry Vincent Yarbrough. Submitted photo

Cassi Whitworth, who transferred from Forrest to Marshall County High School for her senior season, made the best of the move as she recently signed a Letter of Intent to attend Cumberland University at Lebanon on a basketball scholarship.

"I just want to thank the coaches at MCHS for helping me develop and feel comfortable," said Whitworth. "They helped me tremendously develop my basketball skills and fundamentals."

JV start

Cumberland is bringing back its junior varsity program next year and Whitworth will be part of the plan according to Cumberland assistant coach Jessica Pace.

"We wanted to grow the junior varsity program without going out and doing a lot of recruiting," Pace said. "We have a young team and bringing Cassi into this freshmen group was part of the plan of future development."

Pace plans to start Whitworth off as a shooting guard and also will try to develop her skills at the point guard position.

Whitworth, who will major in sports management at Cumberland said, "I chose Cumberland because I was impressed with the coaching staff, they have a strong athletic program and they are on point with an excellent academic program."

Coaches pleased

Former Tigerettes' coach Jeri Henry used Whitworth a lot this year and said, "Coach (Vincent) Yarbrough and I are very proud and very pleased that Cassi has been given this opportunity to play at the next level. Cassi's senior year was one of dedication and determination in improving her skill level."

Although she did not play varsity basketball at all at Forrest, Henry welcomed Whitworth to the squad last year and saw her develop as the season progressed.

"Cassi has all the tools to be successful at Cumberland University," Henry said. "She has heart, integrity, character and the maturity to make a successful transition to the collegiate basketball level."