Whisnant Leaves ECU to Pursue Pro Career
Sixth-year East Carolina coach Jeff Lebo announced in a statement on Monday that shooting guard Terry Whisnant has decided to forgo his senior season in order to pursue a professional basketball career. Whisnant was ECU’s second-leading scorer this past season — averaging 12.3 points per game on 46 percent shooting — and pumped in a team-best 77 3-pointers. "While we are disappointed to see Terry leave, we understand his desire to do what's best for him and his family," Lebo said in a statment. "We wish him all the best in the future and thank him for his dedication to our program." Prior to arriving at ECU, Whisnant spent his first two years at Florida State. Then, shortly after the Pirates won the CIT Championship in 2013, Whisnant felt Greenville was the perfect location for him to return close to his hometown of Cherryville, N.C., and compete in a respected basketball conference. In the statement, Whisnant commented briefly on the relationships he built with coaches and players during his two years at ECU. One of which was a transfer year that was mandated in accordance to NCAA rules. “This decision was very tough for me because of my teammates, who I like to call brothers," Whisnant said. "Ultimately I've decided to forgo my senior year and pursue my dream of playing professional basketball at the next level. I'd like to thank coach Lebo and the entire coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play in front of the Pirate Nation." Whisnant was the only Pirate to start every game of ECU’s 14-19 campaign last season. However, he now joins fellow guard Greg Alexander as the two scholarship players to leave the program since the season ended.
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