Colvin Goes Out In Style As State Champion

Future Iowa State Cyclone point guard Chris Colvin could not have written a better script as he helped lead his Whitney Young team to an Illinois 4A state championship this past Saturday.

"It feels really good and I've been pretty much waiting for this to happen during my four years here at Whitney Young," said Colvin. "We finally got here because of the hard work we put it. I can finally say that I got what I wanted."

Chris was huge in their 59-54 semi-final victory over Thornton High School on Friday scoring 12 points and leading his team in rebounds (6) and assists (5). He then added 7 points and 6 assists in their 69-66 state championship victory over Waukegan High School which features Illinois-bound Jereme Richmond who is one of the best junior forwards in the country. Colvin felt the fact that their road to the title was so tough made it even sweeter. "The whole tournament was tough," he said. "But to have our final five games against Morton who had already beaten us earlier in the season, De La Salle, Hyde Park, Thornton, and Waukegan was unbelievable."

So what were the keys to Whitney Young winning a state championship? "Our leadership was huge this year," said Colvin. "After each practice myself and the other five seniors would always sit down and talk about being state champs and we all really took it to heart this year because this was our last chance. The other big thing was our defense as we really stepped it up to where it carried us through many of our toughest games."

Chris feels that winning a state championship capped off his high school career perfectly. "These past four years at Whitney Young have been the best of my life because we wanted to get the program back winning and we did that," he said. "It was great because we had a pep rally on Sunday that a lot of people came out for. Most of the 1998 state championship players came back to show us their support. Quentin Richardson couldn't obviously make it but it was really special that they were there."

Chris also had a big supporter there watching him at the state championship. "Coach (Daniyal) Robinson was there at my games and that meant a lot," said Colvin. "I talked with him after the championship and he congratulated me and was breaking down how I played. He was telling me that he feels with me and the other recruits coming in that we can start trying to win some Big 12 championships and I was agreeing with him because I want to win championships at Iowa State."

Chris feels that his game continued to get better throughout the season and that he has really improved in one specific area. "I really feel my shot is a lot better," said Colvin. "When I came to Whitney Young a lot of people told me that I had a terrible shot and I believed them. I now have a lot of confidence in my shot because I worked so hard on it and it has completely paid off. It's a way better asset for me now and has really helped make me a triple threat when I have the ball."

Colvin is very sad to be leaving Whitney Young but now realizes he is heading a new challenge at Iowa State. "It's going to be really hard to leave this coaching staff at Whitney Young because they are like family," he said. "Hopefully I'll be one of the best freshman in the Big 12 next year. I have big goals for my college career and I just hope that I can fulfill them."

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