Wildcats 6-foot-9 senior post Xavier Cork signed a letter of intent Wednesday, April 17, to play college basketball for the Western Carolina Catamounts. Western Carolina is located in Cullowhee, North Carolina.
Cork, the son of the late Kevin Cork and Reshemah Wright, said the Catamounts scouted him at the Wildcats bi-district game against John Tyler. They told him they liked the way he played, crashing the boards, boxing out and running the court.
Cork said he visited Cullowhee and found it to be a pretty place with trees, flowers and the mountains of western North Carolina. Cork believes he will play some center and power forward for the Catamounts.
He said his years of going head to head with former Wildcats Victor Iwuakor and Godsgift Ezedinma helped him develop his skills. Cork told Wildcats Coach Clark Cipoletta last summer that he was serious about spending more time to improve his overall game.
To adapt for the next level, Cork said he needs to work on his jump shot and on handling the ball. Cork began to hit three point baskets as this year’s season progressed. He said he was proud the Wildcats went to the state tournament, calling it a very big deal.
Cork plans to study kinesiology and hopes one day to become a basketball coach.