Prior to Western Carolina: Spent the final three years of his prep career at Cherokee High School where he was a three-sport athlete ... Completed his prep career with 1,064 points as he averaged 14.8 points per game over just three seasons at Cherokee ... Spent freshman year at Choctaw Central High School in Choctaw, Miss. ... As a senior, was named to the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association All-District Second Team ... Named the Most Valuable Player at the Coaches versus Cancer Shootout ... Was a two-time all-conference honoree ... Named All-Western North Carolina as a senior ... Earned Honorable Mention All-Conference as a junior ... Was a two-time Honorable Mention All-Western North Carolina ... Earned all-conference accolades in both football and baseball throughout his three-year career ... Led Cherokee to the 2013-14 and 2015-16 Big Smoky Mountain Conference Championships ... The team also advanced to the second round of the State Championships his sophomore season, the third round his junior year and eventually the fourth round as a senior.