Every team needs a leader. Andre Noble, Imhotep Charter head coach, has a good one in Khyree Wooten, a quiet leader. Wooten, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, just goes out and plays extremely hard every game. Imhotep Charter has a lot of young players on this year’s team. Wooten is one of the key players who helped Imhotep win the Public League and the PIAA Class AA state championship last season.
“He’s naturally a quiet kid,” Noble said. “So, he has to be a little more vocal for us. He’s a great leader for our young kids. Actually, Khyree and Brandon Austin (Imhotep Charter teammate) are the experienced players. They know what the youngsters need to do in order to be successful. They’re learning each day from them.”
Austin is a terrific player too. The 6-foot-6 guard/forward is a junior. He can handle the ball, play defense, pass and shoot from the outside. Austin and Wooten give Imhotep two players who can put the ball in the basket.
“I feel good about our team,” Wooten said. “We just have a group of young guys. We have to pick them up a little bit, but they can play. We’ll be all right. We just have to continue to work hard and stay together.”
Wooten has put in a lot of time on the court. His efforts have really paid off. He’s averaging 17.3 points a game. He was named one of the Most Valuable Players in the Philly vs. New York Classic game at Ben Franklin two weeks ago. He’s also getting close to breaking the 1,000-point mark. Right now, he has 880 career points.
“I’ve been working in the gym to get better,” Wooten said. “I just love being in the gym. I like to work hard. That’s where I am every day. I’m working on my jump shot and ballhanding. It feels good to have a chance to score 1,000 points. It means a lot. I’m in a league with other great Philadelphia basketball players.”
Wooten would like to play college basketball next season. He doesn’t know where he’s going to school. He still has time to make his decision.
“I would like to play Division I basketball,” he said. “I’ve gotten some looks. I just have to wait and see what happens.”
Noble feels Wooten has a great deal of potential on and off the court. He has watched him develop his basketball skills from last year to this year.
“Khyree has played some good basketball for us,” Noble said. “He does a lot of things for us on the court. He plays great defense. He can score and drive to the basket. He’s just a great kid. He’s a wonderful person. I’ve had a lot of kids here, but Khyree is one of my best. He’s done very well.”