Montgomery, Ala.-- JaTarvious Whitlow again showed he is one of the best all-around high school athletes in the state when he earned Most Valuable Player ?honors for the South team on Wednesday night at the Alabama High School Athletic Association All-Star Game.
The LaFayette High School senior led his team in scoring with 24 points, in rebounds with eight and assists with five while turning the ball over just once. Only Auburn hoops commitment Austin Wiley, a 6-10 center for the North squad, had a more impressive performance as the Spain Park High scored 30 points and pulled down 15 rebounds.
A 6-0, 190 point guard in basketball, Whitlow plays quarterback and defensive back in football. Now that the all-star week is done he is turning his focus to football.
“I am looking forward to earning a ring--that is all I want,” Whitlow told Inside the Auburn Tigers when asked what his goal is for his senior football season. He has already earned a ring for a state championship in basketball.
“I want to become more coachable and put my work in every day to become better,” he added. “I just have to work hard to get it.”
The two-sport star said he enjoyed the all-star experience, which ended Wednesday night at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on Alabama State’s campus as the North All-Stars used a big size advantage to take an 84-73 victory.
“It has been a really good week,” he said. “I met some guys I have never played against and some I have played against. It was a good week that I will always remember.”
Austin Wiley (left) and JaTarvious Whitlow (right) won the MVP awards in the basketball all-star game.
With football practice starting soon, Whitlow said, “I have to get on the weights now.”
On Saturday he plans to make a return trip to Auburn where he visited for football and basketball camps.
“Coach (Wesley) McGriff has invited me to come to a picnic for recruits on the 23rd (Saturday) and I plan to be there,” said Whitlow, who picked up a scholarship offer from the Auburn defensive backs coach after a strong performance at an AU football camp in June.