Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College men’s basketball team showed their youth and lack of depth at times, but continued to improve and make huge strides throughout the 2007-08 season, finishing with four victories on the year.
Brevard entered 2007-08 knowing the challenge ahead of them, as the Tornados did not have a senior on their roster and were returning only one starter from a year ago in sophomore Jonathan Whitson.
After falling in their first two games in Anchorage, Alaska, against the then No. 13 nationally ranked Seawolves of the University of Alaska of Anchorage, the Tornados fell to 0-4 on the season with two losses at the Bobby Lutz Invitational hosted by Pfeiffer University.
Coach Jones’ picked up their first win of the season on the road at Virginia Intermont on November 24, an overtime thriller that put the Tornados at 1-4 on the young season.
The Tornados then dropped four straight games, including a loss to NCAA Division I provisional member USC-Upstate, before scoring their second win of the season, again defeating Virginia Intermont this time at home in Boshamer Gymnasium.
BC picked up a win over North Greenville on January 26, as they hit a season-high 17 three-pointers in the road victory.
The Tornados won their first game of the season over a SAC opponent on February 27, as they defeated the Newberry Indians, 74-68, at home, the Tornados fourth and final win of the extremely tough season.
Sophomore forward Jonathan Whitson (Clyde, NC) led the Tornados in scoring and in rebounding, averaging 18 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Whitson was in the top-six of the South Atlantic Conference in scoring all season long and remained in the top-10 in rebounds all year. He was the top-scorer for BC in 21 of 28 games this season and scored in double figures in 27 of 28 games on the year, while pulling in a team-leading eight double-doubles on the season.
Sophomore sharp-shooter Andrew Freeman (Asheville, NC) was second on the team in points, averaging 9.1 points per contest, while leading the team in three-pointers made with 54 on the season.
Junior Joseph Chilton (Brasstown, NC) came on strong late in the season to finish the year averaging 8.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while blocking a team-high 37 shots on the year.
With no seniors and all the players set to return for the 2008-09 season, the Tornados will look to build on this year, which had a lot of positive and exciting points throughout the year. Head Coach Jones and Brevard College will look to the experience of her younger players to step up and perform well while also continuing to build on the progress that the Tornados made in 2007-08.