As one of only five seniors on Wayne Country Day boys’ basketball team, Marcus Metcalf has learned to be comfortable in a leadership role.
A three-year member of the Charger’s varsity squad, Metcalf is continuing his basketball career this fall at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory. After initially considering a few other schools, Metcalf said a visit the Lenoir-Rhyne campus and meeting his future coaches sealed the deal.
“It’s mind-blowing to think that I’m here right now,” Metcalf said. “Just a couple years ago, I was fighting my way into the starting rotation, and now it feels like everything I’ve worked toward is paying off.
“I really feel like I’ve built up a camaraderie with the coaching staff at Lenoir-Rhyne, so I felt like that was the best choice for me.”
Lenoir-Rhyne finished 21-11 this past season and lost in the NCAA Division II Tournament to USC Aiken. The Bears play in the South Atlantic Conference along with Queens and Catawba.
A guard, Metcalf played a vital leadership role on a team loaded with young talent. Metcalf averaged 13.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game last season.
“I don’t even know what to say about Marcus,” Wayne Country head coach David Flowers said. “He’s been with me the whole time I’ve been here, and he’s been a great athlete, competitor and contributor to the basketball program. He’s been a joy to coach.
“It’s been really neat watching him grow up. You see someone with so many goals and has so many things that he’s shooting for, and it’s been really cool to watch him get them.”
Metcalf, who plans on majoring in marketing, was a crucial part of Wayne Country Day’s magical season. The Chargers finished with 20-12 overall record and won the FCA Winter Classic for the first time in school history, but it was in the NCISAA 2-A Tournament the Chargers made their most significant statement.
Unranked, the Chargers advanced all the way the state championship game against No. 1 Fayetteville Academy.
“Playing basketball at Wayne Country Day has been a roller coaster,” Metcalf said. “I had a lot of ups and a lot of downs but finishing second this year showed what we really could do.”
Now following three seasons of helping the Chargers make history, it’s time for Metcalf to make history at the next level.