Averaging more than 24 points game, sophomore
guard Evin Wimberly, is having another strong season for the Lady
is on top of her game
It is a wonder that Evin Wimberly gets any sleep at all. The sophomore
star has led the Lady Bulldogs in nearly every statistical category all
season, she has been a varsity cheerleader for the boys basketball team
and within a week of the end of the basketball season she will be running
track and playing AAU basketball at full tilt.
In addition to all of these activities, Wimberly still finds time to play
volleyball and study hard she maintains a 3.27 grade point average.
Though Wimberly does a lot of things, she does them well.
Last year she was a District 15 basketball all star and was selected as
an all-district first teamer. This year she is certainly a strong candidate
for the all Metro Buckeye Conference team. In track last spring she won
the district long-jump title and last fall was named second-team all-conference
in volleyball, which she admits is her least favorite of the three sports.
Even as a sophomore, Wimberly is already receiving interest from many
colleges across Ohio. According to Wimberlys family and coaches,
Ohio University, the University of Dayton and Central State University
have either expressed interest in Evin or have complimented her on her
Yet for all of her individual accomplishments and accolades, Wimberly
has difficulty talking about herself. When asked about her impressions
of the season, Wimberly stresses team accomplishments and the teams
strengths and weaknesses, without commenting on her own game.
We had an alright year. Our record should be a lot better than it
is, but we rarely put together an entire game, Wimberly said. There
were quarters when we could have played with anybody, but we just couldnt
put those quarters into the same games when it counted.
The guard also said that she and her teammates showed great improvement
over the course of the year. As a team, more and more people started
taking shots, and more people started stepping it up when we needed them
to, she said.
Wimberly did say that she is starting to see her left hand improve and
although she averages over 24 points per game, she still says she is a
better passer than a shooter.
Wimberly and her teammates will need to pass and shoot the ball as well
as they have all season to progress into the later rounds of the state
tournament. If they win their first-round game against Miami Valley on
Wednesday, Feb. 12, the Lady Bulldogs will likely meet No. 2 seed Covington
in the second round of the Tri-Valley South sectional.
Despite the potential match-up with 135 Covington, Wimberly is confident
her team can play well. She said that if they played a complete game and
gave their best effort, the Lady Bulldogs could stay on the floor with
any team, including Covington.
Last year we lost in the first round to the No. 1 seed, Franklin
Monroe. I think we were a little nervous, she said. This year
we arent going to be nervous. I am going to step it up, and I know
everybody else will too.
Wimberly says she learned a lot of the basketball from her older brother,
Reece, who also played at YSHS. But Reece says that everything Evin is
doing right now, she is doing because she has worked for it on her own.
Im amazed at her ability, I really am, Reece said. She
understands the game better as a sophomore than I ever did in high school.
Her basketball coach, Shirley Cummins, agrees, saying that Wimberly is
easily one of the most coachable players she has ever seen.
Cummins also pointed out that as a sophomore, Wimberly is ahead of most
high school players.
Recently, Springfield Shawnee standout Brittany Smart became only the
34th player in Ohio history to reach the 2,000-point mark for a career.
Seventeen games into her sophomore season, Wimberly has already tallied
798-career points. If, as one would expect, her scoring numbers continue
to rise as her game matures, Wimberly has a chance of joining Smart in
the elite 2,000-point club.
All of this individual success leaves Wimberly with difficult decisions
that are usually only reserved for high school seniors. Spring is the
season when seniors who can play college ball must decide what school
they will play for in the fall. Although only a sophomore, Wimberly is
faced with such a decision now.
Wimberly must decide this off-season whether she will stay at YSHS, or
whether she will attend another school that will offer her more exposure
and perhaps a chance to attend a big-time college basketball school.
Its a really hard decision, Wimberly said. I love
my friends, I like playing for YSHS, and we are going to be a lot better
next year. But I still havent made up my mind yet.
According to Reece, there are a number of area schools that would be excited
to have Wimberly join their teams next winter, including top-tier programs
like Chaminade-Julienne and Xenia. Of course they would want her,
theyd be crazy not to, Reece said.