Kevin Whitted Shares Memories of Pat Summitt

Kevin Whitted, Adell Harris share memories of Pat Summitt

By Tim Hower StarNews Staff
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:45 AM



During his three years at Tennessee, Kevin Whitted had many encounters with legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt.

Summitt, 64, died Tuesday morning at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville, according to her son, Tyler. Her death, five years and two months after being diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type, resulted in an outpouring of reactions from the president to people who never played for Summitt.

"I was in college when the women's game changed dramatically and she was a part of that process," Whitted said. "That's when the UConn-Tennessee rivalry took its form. She really spearheaded the globalization of the game."

As a member of the men's team from 1993-95, Whitted, who graduated from Laney in 1990, often saw Summitt around campus. One meeting in particular stood out.

"After my junior year, we were in between coaches and I saw her in the weight room," Whitted said. "A lot of people were intimidated by Pat because she always stood with her arms folded. I'm a strong person, so I walked up and talked to her. I looked at her and told her she should be coaching us.

"She stared me right in the eyes and said, 'Kevin, you guys couldn't handle me for two days.' She was dead serious, and I believed her."

The hard-nosed coach recruited Whitted and other members of the men's team to play 1-on-1 games against her players.

"She encouraged the girls to play us, because she knew it would help them be more physical," Whitted said. "She embraced a lot of the things that a lot of today's coaches are just catching up to. She was ahead of the game."

Before she became the UNCW women's basketball coach, Adell Harris spent three seasons at Division II Tusculum College, which is located a little over an hour east of Knoxville. 

Although she never met Summitt, Harris quickly found how beloved she was by the people in Tennessee.

"I'm not from Tennessee, but from spending time there, I don't think there's anyone bigger," Harris said. "Maybe Elvis? You'd have a hard time find someone who was more influential than Pat. And I think it's great, because she's a female and she did things the right way."

- Reporter Tim Hower can be reached at 910-343-2366 or Tim.Hower@StarNewsOnline.com.

Kevin Whitted Recommended by M33M as Workout Coach

Coaches, Parents & Players,

Are you in need of a workout coach? M33M recommends Kevin Whitted. Coach Whitted's bio, along with workout session prices and packages, are listed below.

Whitted started his basketball career as a Laney High School standout becoming the all time leading scorer surpassing Michael Jordan's record. Following, he had a playing career that included 972 points in three years at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Whitted, who enjoyed a seven year professional basketball career in the NBA and Europe has made impressive strides in the past eight years as a coach. He began his professional coaching career in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the Professional Basketball League (PBL). During Whitted's first two years as a head coach, he won two division championships in the ABA. His well-rounded background also includes the role of General Manager and President of Basketball Operations for the Wilmington Sea Dawgs.

After two seasons at the helm with the Wilmington Sea Dawgs, Whitted made his NBA D-League debut as an assistant with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and then went on to be the assistant coach of the Springfield Armor. The NBA D League affiliate for New York –The Westchester Knicks named Kevin the Head Coach in their inaugural year.  Whitted has also served as the Interim Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Southwest Tennessee Community College and the Assistant Coach for the Memphis Grizzlies NBA Summer League team.

In addition, he has been recognized nationally as a basketball skill developer working alongside top skill developers and NBA players: Amare Stoudemire, Vince Carter, Deron Williams and LeBron James in the Nike Skills Academies. The founder of the Kevin Whitted School of Basketball and Kevin Whitted Basketball Services, he states that skill development and developing young talent is most important in the game of basketball.

Kevin is married to De`Neia his wife of 12 years and has two daughters, Peyton (20) a junior at Penn State and a starter for the Lady Lions Basketball team and Paige (8) a starter for the Briarcrest 3rd Grade team.

High School Players:
$70/session or $300/5 sessions (individual workouts)
$50/session or $240/5 sessions (group workouts)

Middle School Players:
$60/session or $250/5 sessions (individual workouts)
$40/session or $200/5 sessions (group workouts) 

For more information, visit www.kevinwittedbasketball.com. If you have any questions or would like to inquire about scheduling workout sessions, please contact Coach Kevin Whitted at kevinwhitted@yahoo.com.

Thank you,

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Schwartz: Whitted 'Excited' To Bring Triangle to Westchester Knicks

By: Peter Schwartz

When Westchester Knicks general manager Allan Houston set out to find the first head coach in team history, he had the perfect guy in mind.

Last week, the former New York Knicks star named his former Universityof Tennessee teammate Kevin Whitted as the first coach of the brand new D-League team that opens its inaugural season on November 16 in Oklahoma City.

The eight-year coaching veteran knew this was too good of a job to pass up.

“I’m extremely excited,” Whitted said. “This is a fantastic opportunity for me and my family.”

Whitted brings an impressive resume to the Knicks’ official NBA Development League franchise. He spent three seasons as a coach in the D-League, including a stint as an assistant coach for the Springfield Armor which at that time was a Knicks affiliate. Whitted also coached in the American Basketball Association and Professional Basketball League.

Houston found exactly what he was looking for.

“Kevin has a proven track record of developing players and is committed to the processes and development of this team,” Houston said. “I’m confident in his ability to lead and provide an environment for players to grow on and off the court.”

A successful franchise, in any sport, tries to implement its system throughout its organization — and it’s no different with the Knicks in Westchester. Although he has no prior history with Knicks president Phil Jackson, Whitted will run the triangle offense.

“We’re going to play with a lot of continuity, which the triangle offense will allow you to do,” Whitted said. “It creates what I call an equal-opportunity type of play. So we’ll make sure that we get up and down but at the same time we’ll be playing together.”

Whitted was introduced to the triangle offense by Knicks assistant coach Jim Cleamons, who was on Jackson’s staff with the Bulls and Lakers. Whitted played for Cleamons with the Dallas Mavericks and it stuck with him.

He has used the triangle before. But when he was an assistant in the D-League, the head coaches that he worked for had different philosophies.

Now that he’s back in charge, he’s going back to his bread and butter.

“I think this is the best system that I’ve used as a coach, and I’m really looking forward to getting back into it again,” Whitted said. “We’re going to play hard and we’re going to get up and down. But at the same time, we want to defend. We’re going to play the game the right way which is so important to our organization.”

Whitted’s job is to win. He also needs to have his players ready if an NBA team comes calling. That call-up will come a lot of faster if a player defends well and can do the little things.

“What we do defensively is kind of universal across the league in terms of the pick-and-roll defense and man-to-man defense,” he said. “We’ll make sure that those principals are taught daily.”

Before playing with Houston at Tennessee, Whitted was a star at Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina, the same high school that Michael Jordan went to. In fact, Whitted became the school’s all-time leading scorer in 1990, breaking Jordan’s previous record.

After college, Whitted enjoyed a seven-year professional playing career in the United States and Europe.

Now, he’s reunited with Houston as they try to bring a winning formula to Westchester.

“It’s been great,” Whitted said. “It’s really a homecoming in terms of coming back together again. Allan is great at managing things. He has a great eye for talent. He also has a great eye for what we’re doing within the system.”

Now that Whitted is in place as head coach, the Westchester Knicks can turn their attention to putting together a roster for their inaugural 2014-15 season. Whitted and Houston worked well together at Tennessee and now they are back together with hopes of creating some special nights at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

The home opener is November 19 against the Canton Charge.

You can follow me on Twitter @pschwartzcbsfan. You can also follow the Westchester Knicks @wcknicks.

Kevin Whitted Named Asst Coach to NBA D League Team Springfield Armor

WILMINGTON, NC - July 30, 2009 -- In a press conference on yesterday at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA, the new expansion team for the NBA Development league, Springfield Armor, named former NBA player Kevin Whitted as Assistant Coach and former NBA player Dee Brown as Head Coach.

"This is truly a blessing the have the opportunity to be apart of this organization," states Whitted. "Being able to work along side Dee Brown developing young talent in a city with such a rich basketball tradition is phenomenal."

Whitted started his basketball career as a Laney High School standout becoming the all time leading scorer surpassing Michael Jordan's record. Following, he had a playing career that included 972 points in three years at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Whitted, who enjoyed a seven year professional basketball career in the NBA and Europe has made impressive strides in the past five years as a coach. He began his professionalcoaching career in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the Professional Basketball League (PBL). During Whitted's first two years as a head coach, he won two division championships in the ABA. His well-rounded background also includes the role of General Manager and President of Basketball Operations for the Wilmington Sea Dawgs. After two seasons at the helm with the Wilmington Sea Dawgs, Whitted made his NBA D-League debut as an assistant with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants last season.

In addition, he has been recognized nationally as a basketball skill developer working along side top skill developers and NBA players: Amarea Stoudemire, Vince Carter, Deron Williams and LeBron James in the Nike Skills Academies.

The founder of the Kevin Whitted School of Basketball and Kevin Whitted Basketball Services, he states that skill development and developing young talent is most important in the game of basketball. Whitted will host an Elite basketball camp at the Wilmington Family YMCA August 3rd through the 7th. In addition he will hold the fall session for the Kevin Whitted School of Basketball in September.

Currently, Kevin resides in Kure Beach, North Carolina with his wife De`Neia and their daughters Peyton (14) and Paige (2).

For more information or to see the schedule for the Springfield Armor visit www.nba.com and click on D-League.

Kevin Whitted Basketball Services Presents Its Fall 2012 School of Basketball

PRESS RELEASE - AUG 10, 2012

Kevin Whitted of Kevin Whitted Basketball Services, is pleased to announce that registration has begun for its Fall School of Basketball, which will feature former NBA Player Kevin Whitted and International Player Willie Chapman.

August 10, 2012 (Newswire.com) - Kevin Whitted Basketball Services School Of Basketball Fall Session, Featuring Willie Chapman

Kevin Whitted of Kevin Whitted Basketball Services, and formerly of the Springfield Armor NBA D-League is pleased to announce that registration has begun for its Fall School of Basketball, which will feature former NBA Player Kevin Whitted and International Pro Player and former University of Alabama standout, Willie Chapman.

The Kevin Whitted School of Basketball strives to combine the best training in a controlled atmosphere for athletes at any age or skill level. The School is designed to deliver a large amount of information over an intense four weeks. The focus of KWSB is to teach players how to improve their fundamentals, how to execute a skill, and when and why to do it. Whitted and his staff push the intensity level for each student by structuring the academy around individual skill development.

The curriculum focuses fully on skill development as Whitted believes that it is far more important to be able to execute the fundamentals of movement, ball handling, dribbling, passing and shooting. Whitted's whole player approach to training gives athletes the physical, emotional and mental tools needed to succeed on and off the court.

Willie Chapman brings to this season's School of Basketball, six of years of professional level expertise as a player and three years coaching experience. Chapman is currently a Skills and Fundament trainer for post players. KWSB is proud to partner with Chapman this season as the pair will be a unique force for skills training.

Registration for the 2012 Fall Session of the Kevin Whitted School of Basketball is now open. This four week session will begin September 4, 2012 and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30p.m.-7:30 p.m. for ages 10-12 and 7:35p.m.-8:35 p.m. for ages 13-16. The School will be located at the Quest Center, 7130 East Shelby Drive, in Memphis TN. The tuition for the School is $200 and $175 for siblings. For more information, and to register online, please visit the website www.kevinwhittedbasketball.com. The classes are limited in size, so early registration is encouraged.


About Kevin Whitted: 
Former Dallas Mavericks NBA player, Kevin Whitted found his passion for basketball during his teen years while he attended E.A. Laney High School in Wilmington, NC. During this time, Whitted became the all time leading scorer, beating Michael Jordan's record in 1990. Shortly thereafter, Kevin attended the University of Tennessee where he was a three-year starter. Following his collegiate career, Kevin went on to play professionally in Europe and for the Dallas Mavericks.

Whitted stopped playing basketball in 1999 and switched gears and coached two successful teams: the Atlanta Vision ABA and the Wilmington Sea Dawgs PBL. Whitted also served as assistant coach to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants NBA D-League and the Springfield Armor NBA D-League, which is the affiliate to New Jersey Nets.

Whitted has recently focused his career on training and development. As CEO of Kevin Whitted Basketball Services and the founder of the Kevin Whitted School of Basketball, he focuses on developing young and professional players through individual and specialized training. Additionally, Whitted is a Nike Skills trainer in which capacity he works with several NBA players' summer camps throughout the country. Most recently, Whitted worked in Nike Skills camps with NBA All-Star and 2012 Champion, LeBron James as well as with Kevin Durant, Deron Williams and Amare Stoudemire. This summer, Kevin served as the assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzles Summer League Team in Las Vegas.


About Willie Chapman: 
Former University of Alabama at Birmingham standout and three year letterman, Willie Chapman began his professional basketball career as an International Pro Player in the Dominican Republic in 1994. Following his performance there, he went on to successfully play for teams in Brazil, Argentina, Estonia, France, Switzerland, Finland and Israel. After which, Chapman retired to pursue his coaching career. Currently, Chapman is a highly sought after skill developer for post players. 
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Kevin Whitted named first head coach of the Westchester Knicks (Oct 2014)

The New York Knicks hired Kevin Whitted to coach their exclusive D-League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks on Oct. 8. The Knicks decided to operate their own D-League franchise after being affiliated with the Erie Bayhawks the previous three seasons (2011-14).

“Kevin has a proven track record of developing players and is committed to the processes and development of this team,” said Westchester Knicks general manager Allan Houston. “Our relationship goes back to when we both attended the University of Tennessee. I’m confident in his ability to lead and provide an environment for players to grow on and off the court. This is an exciting time for this organization and community.”

Whitted, who played with Houston at Tennessee, most recently served as the interim head men’s basketball coach at Southwest Tennessee Community College. He also played seven years professionally – in the U.S. and Europe – and has eight years of professional basketball coaching experience including three seasons in the D-League. In addition, Whitted has been nationally recognized as a basketball skills developer, training and developing elite level players in the NIKE Skills Academies.

Whitted started his coaching career in the n the American Basketball Association (ABA) and Professional Basketball League (PBL), where he won his first won his first two division championships as head coach. He then spent two seasons as the President of Basketball Operations for the Wilmington Sea Dawgs (PBL) before joining the D-League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants as an assistant coach. Following his stint with the Mad Ants, Whitted joined the Springfield Armour, who were affiliated with the Knicks at the time. He also spent a summer as an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies summer league team.

Westchester will play their home games at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, N.Y. and opens the season at home versus Canton on Nov. 19. Westchester picked up 16 players in the D-League expansion draft including several players with NBA experience – Jeff Adrien, Craig Bracken, Luke Harrongody, Curtis Jerrells, Jerome Jordan, Kris Joseph and DaJuan Summers. In addition, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the Knicks second round selection in this year’s draft, is expected to spend the entire year in the D-League to continue his development.

Former Chicago Bulls guard Craig Hodges was considered for the Westchester Knicks head coaching position. He could be added as an assistant to Whitted’s staff.

Laney Hall of Famer to Hold Basketball Skills Clinic on Halloween (Oct 2015)

WILMINGTON, NC (RELEASE) — Former Laney High School basketball standout and renowned coach Kevin Whitted returns to where it all began to host The Workshop basketball skills clinic at his alma matter E.A. Laney High School Michael Jordan Gymnasium (2700 North College Rd) October 31st from 8a.m.-4p.m.

As an E.A. Laney Hall of Fame Inductee and the all-time leading scorer it’s time for this standout to pass along his wisdom and profound knowledge of skill development to the next generation from a place so dear to him.

No matter where Coach Whitted goes as a Nike Skills Developer, Former NBA Player and Former NBA D-League Coach he knows where it all began. The clinic is open to middle school & high school boys and girls. The $99.00 registration includes a t-shirt and lunch. Please bring a basketball and water.

Registration forms can be found online and payments can be made via pay pal fromWhitted’s webpage. Register today! Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged! Contact Kevin Whitted Basketball offices at 1-888-780-2216.

About Kevin Whitted:

Former Dallas Mavericks NBA player, Kevin Whitted found his passion for basketball during his teen years while he attended E.A. Laney High School in Wilmington, NC. During this time, Whitted became the all-time leading scorer, beating Michael Jordan’s record in 1990. Shortly thereafter, Kevin attended the University of Tennessee where he was a three-year starter. Following his collegiate career, Kevin went on to play professionally in Europe and for the Dallas Mavericks. Whitted stopped playing basketball in 1999 and switched gears and coached two successful teams: the Atlanta Vision ABA and the Wilmington Sea Dawgs PBL. As an assistant coach Whitted has coached the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, and the Springfield Armor both in the NBA D-League. The Armor is the affiliate to the Philadelphia Seventy Sixers, New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets. Outside of coaching Whitted is a Nike Skills trainer. In addition, Whitted is CEO of Kevin Whitted Basketball Services and the founder of the Kevin Whitted Basketball Services where he focuses on developing young and professional players through individual and specialized training.

Kevin Whitted Named Westchester Knicks Head Coach

Eight-Year Coaching Veteran Becomes First Head Coach in Franchise History

WHITE PLAINS, October 8, 2014 – The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, have named Kevin Whitted as the team’s first head coach in franchise history. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 

The Westchester Knicks will tip off their inaugural season this November and play all home games at the historic Westchester County Center in White Plains. 

“Kevin has a proven track record of developing players and is committed to the processes and development of this team,” said Westchester Knicks general manager Allan Houston. “Our relationship goes back to when we both attended the University of Tennessee. I’m confident in his ability to lead and provide an environment for players to grow on and off the court. This is an exciting time for this organization and community.” 

Whitted brings eight years of professional basketball coaching experience to Westchester, three of which were spent in the NBA Development League. Beginning his coaching career in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and Professional Basketball League (PBL), Whitted won his first two division championships as head coach. After two seasons as the President of Basketball Operations for the Wilmington Sea Dawgs (PBL), he became an assistant coach first for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, followed by the Springfield Armor, who at the time were affiliated with the Knicks. Following a stint in the NBA Summer League as an Assistant Coach with the Memphis Grizzlies, Whitted most recently served as the interim head men’s basketball coach at Southwest Tennessee Community College. 

Before enjoying a seven-year professional basketball career in the United States and Europe, Whitted accumulated 972 points as a three-year starter for Tennessee. A four-year letterman at Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina, Whitted became the all-time leading scorer in 1990 with 1,554 points, surpassing the record previously held by Michael Jordan. 

Whitted has also been nationally recognized as a basketball skills developer, training and developing elite level players in the NIKE Skills Academies. 

“This is an incredible opportunity and I am very excited to be in Westchester,” said Whitted. “I look forward to working closely with Allan and the entire Knicks organization in building a development system that is both fruitful and competitive.” Inaugural Season Tickets are on sale now. For Westchester Knicks ticket information, visit westchesterknicks.com or call (914) 559-6889. Fans can stay up-to-date on team news by following the team at: @wcknicks on Twitter at twitter.com/wcknicks and on Facebook at facebook.com/wcknicks.

Former Laney Standout Kevin Whitted Hosting Basketball Skills Clinic

Published: Thur. Oct 22nd 2015

Written By: John Smist, Sports

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Former Laney High School Basketball standout Kevin Whitted is returning to Wilmington. Whitted will host The Workshop basketball skills clinic at Michael Jordan Gymnasium October 31 from 8a.m. to 4p.m.

"We are excited about having Kevin Whitted back. He is in the Hall of Fame here at Laney. He had a great career and to give back to the community and help with our camp and host a camp of his own it's great for the community" said Laney men's basketball coach Nathan Faulk.

Whitted is the programs all-time leading scorer, and went onto play at Tennessee. He had a brief stink in the NBA, before coaching in the NBA D-League. 

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