RIDGELY — Kendron Wayman was honored before North Caroline High’s boys’ basketball game against Queen Anne’s Thursday night for joining the Bulldogs’ 1,000-point club.
The senior center reached the milestone during Tuesday’s game at North Dorchester. He was five points shy heading into the game, and scored three layups early in the contest to get him over 1,000.
Officials paused the game to allow teammates, coaches, opponents and fans to recognize the accomplishment.
“It was a great feeling,” Wayman said. “It doesn’t happen all the time for a big man. I couldn’t even contain myself. It was just a great moment.”
North Caroline went on to win that game 74-43. The Bulldogs were hoping he’d reach the milestone during a home game, but this allowed them to honor Wayman twice: with the game-break and with Thursday’s pregame ceremony.
North Caroline head coach Steve Perry was happy for Wayman.
“It’s an accomplishment for him and his family,” Perry said. “There’s not many big guys you see in high school that get 1,000 points. He’s been with me ever since he was a freshman. It’s a big accomplishment for him.”
Wayman has scored 364 points so far this season. With three regular-season games remaining — plus playoffs — 400 points is within reach. Perry added that would be an impressive feat for a big man.
Wayman is committed to play football at Wake Forest. He also throws discus and shot put during outdoor track and field, for which he’s won multiple state championships last spring. He said the other sports help him with football, but he also enjoys just competing in other sports during the offseason.
“This is conditioning,” Wayman said. “It prepares me mentally for football, getting ready for games. It’s always great to be an athlete, (to) be good at everything, (and to) leave your legacy.”