Ashley High School’s all-time career scoring leader Tyre’ Gathright became the latest local student-athlete to sign a National Letter of Intent as the senior standout announced his intentions on Thursday to continue his basketball career next year at the University of North Georgia.
“We are very excited for the opportunity Tyre’ has before him,” said Ashley Coach Web Guthrie. “I believe Tyre’ has a tremendous upside at the next level. His combination of work ethic, athletic ability, and the desire to be coached and improve will give him the opportunity to have much success at the next level.”
Gathright helped guide the Screaming Eagles to several impressive wins this past season, including the program’s first-ever victory inside James Hebbe Gymnasium at Hoggard. Ashley finished the year 12-13 overall, 7-5 in a tough Mideastern Conference and clinched a spot in the 4A playoffs.
He averaged 23 points per game, shot 43 percent from the field and 77 percent from the free-throw line as a senior. He set the single-season scoring record, was named first-team all-conference and second-team all-district.
While Gathright’s on-the-court numbers helped get him to the point of becoming a college athlete, Guthrie has been more astonished with his desire to take care of business inside the classroom.
“What is more impressive to me is that Tyre’ has risen his grade point average and made improvements on his SAT scores,” said Guthrie. “He truly has excelled in every area in his senior year. I am beyond proud of his accomplishments. He has been a pleasure to coach on and off the court and a great representation of what being a student-athlete is all about. I am excited to support his future with the University of North Georgia.”
At North Georgia, Gathright will be reunited with one-time teammate T.J. Williams, a former Ashley standout (2010-2013), who transferred from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The NightHawks went 15-11 overall this past season and 9-10 inside the Peach Belt Conference as part of the NCAA Division II classification.
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