2007 Intro: Elijah Whitehead

Elijah Whitehead has more than doubled his scoring output - despite playing alongside a future UConn Husky who can really fill it up.

Elijah Whitehead wanted to get out of New York City. His grades weren't up to his satisfaction and there were far too many distractions.

``I need to get here and re-focus," Whitehead said. "This was the right decision for me academically and for basketball."

He left Curtis Kelly and Edgar Sosa – his former teammates at Rice High (N.Y.) – and departed for the slow-paced lifestyle at Proctor Academy (N.H.), where he is repeating his junior season

Since his arrival, he's become the team's second leading scorer at 23.5 points per game behind UConn-bound guard Jerome Dyson.

Whitehead is an athletic 6-foot-6, 180-pound wing who averaged just about 10 points last season while playing in the shadows of Kelly and Sosa.

The knock on Whitehead, who plays with the Gauchos in the summer, was the consistency of his perimeter shot, but it's improved dramatically since he's been under the tutelage of Proctor coach Gregor Makechnie.

``The first thing that stands out about Elijah is his athleticism," Makechnie said. "He's also very active on the glass. His perimeter shooting has been decent, but it's getting better."

Whitehead has been battling an ankle injury ever since returning from Christmas break in January, but he's finally back to full strength.

Thus far, the interest has been fairly slow from college coaches. Whitehead mentioned James Madison, Marist and Providence while Makechnie added UMass, Boston University, Boston College and Penn State all plan to catch a game in the near future to evaluate Whitehead.

``He's a terrific athlete who needs to improve his handle and passing ability," added Makechnie.

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