KCChronicle.com/preps Athlete of the Week: St. Charles East's Cole Gentry
Why Gentry was selected: Gentry capped a career-high 30-point night Saturday with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that clinched a 60-57 home win against Evanston.
St. Charles East sophomore point guard Cole Gentry cited an urgency to compensate for teammate Kendall Stephens' foul trouble after scoring a then- career-best 12 points at Batavia last month. Torching Evanston for 30 points on Saturday – including the buzzer-beating trey that won the game – he mentioned Stephens' upcoming season-ending shoulder surgery as motivation. Although he might like to try, Gentry cannot share recognition as the latest recipient of the St. Charles Bank & Trust-Kane County Chronicle Athlete of the Week award. Chronicle sports reporter Kevin Druley caught up with Gentry about his banner night. The following is an edited transcript:
When did everything about Saturday night sink in?
It kind of sunk in (Sunday) afternoon. It was a pretty crazy feeling, actually, and just hit me how big of a win that was for our team.
Over break, how much basketball did you play during your idle time? Or did you let it breathe?
After we played at Proviso West in that holiday tournament, I was very disappointed in how I shot the ball. So after that, I got in the (St. Charles) XSport gym a lot and put up shots so I'd be ready. Because I realized there'd be more shots for me to take with Kendall [Stephens] out. So I knew I had to be ready for that, so I lived in the gym a lot.
What's your toughest final coming up?
Algebra II honors. I'm doing pretty well in all my classes. That's the one I really have to work really hard at.
What's your favorite sports movie?
Probably "Glory Road," the movie about Texas Western, their whole team [becoming the first all-black starting lineup to win a national championship in 1965-66]. I think it's a good movie, their whole story and how they overcame things as a team.