Posted On: 10/9/18 4:14 PM

Jerome 6-foot-1 combo-guard Xander Whitby is a sharpshooter who’s looking to make a big difference in his first varsity season this winter.

Whitby was the starting point guard last season as a sophomore for the JV, and has been working since to continue and refine his skill-set.

“I’m a shooter, my teammates know when I get hot and they get me the ball. And I like to get my teammates the ball and get into that point guard mode. I’m a great passer and am able to help create shots from my teammates and get them involved,” said Whitby.

“Some things I need to work on are ball-handling, quickness, shooting and just keep getting better for the next level.”

Although he wasn’t playing grassroots ball this past spring and summer in what would have been his 16U offseason, Whitby said he is hoping to get on with a team next summer.

Instead, Whitby spent his summer competing in camps with Jerome, and getting a feel for what his role might be with the Tigers.

“This year my role on the team will be to use my strength as a shooter, and also to play really solid defense and be able to guard the other team’s best players,” said Whitby.  

“I’ve just been working a lot on my weaknesses and trying to become a better overall player. Our team looked really good this summer, we still got to work out some kinks, but we’re looking pretty good this season.”

And with a big year ahead, Whitby has big goals for himself.

“My goals are just to help my team get to state and try and get some notice. And I want to get on a club AAU team in Idaho and get noticed that way,” said Whitby. “And be one of the top prospects in Idaho.”