"I didn't think he had that great of a game, and I look up, and he's scored 25 points," said White Plains coach Spencer Mayfield. "In the fourth quarter, he really helped us, scoring 11 points."
"Coach has been trying to drive home to me: rebound, rebound, rebound," said Sean Kilpatrick. "We did a good job of keeping Kevin Jones off the boards. Second chances are what it's about. Coach told me not to rush my game, and I didn't."
His shots weren't falling early, but Kilpatrick stayed hungry, and didn't let it distract him. His hustle points, board work, and transition offense- helped along by guard Spencer Smith, who found him time and again on the break- were critical for White Plains in the fourth quarter.
"He's a money player," said Mayfield. "He's a superior athlete. He can make plays in traffic. He knows how to score, and he's great in the open court. He's an excellent finisher."
Kilpatrick had impressed us with his ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter in the past as a reliable catch-and-shoot guy, but on Monday, he was great in transition, and he persevered on the glass. He's got very good body control, and is good at getting into the gaps.
"I think my offensive game and my rebounding are my biggest strengths," said Kilpatrick, who is averaging 18.1 points on the year. "I still have a lot of work to do with my defense."
Sean has drawn preliminary interest from St. John's, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Siena, Fordham, and Rutgers. Fordham head coach Dereck Whittenburg and assistant Jared Grasso were on hand Monday for the local rivalry, as was Rutgers assistant Darren Savino (Mount Vernon guard Mike Coburn has inked with the program).
White Plains is traditionally one of Westchester County's top programs and year-in, year-out produce excellent defensive teams, led by longtime head man Mayfield, who does an outstanding job. Recent alums include Devon Austin (Manhattan), David Boykin (Fordham), and Quentin Martin (St. Peter's).
Kilpatrick plays with the accomplished Westchester Hawks team that features a number of players from top Westchester County programs, including Mount Vernon's Kevin Jones and Ketema Brooks, Peekskill's Mookie Jones, and a contingent from St. Anthony of Jersey City. The team is coached by Rob Rizzo.