Wharton guard Carr Thiam won the Alston “Mac” McGahagin Basketball Award, given each year to the top public school boys senior in Hillsborough County.
Thiam played for the Wildcats all four seasons and was twice named a captain. This past season, he provided leadership for a team that had six players graduate, including Darin Green Jr., the Hillsborough County player of the year during the 2018-19 season.
The Wildcats did not miss a step. Thiam was productive on both ends of the floor, averaging 20.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He had four games this season where he scored more than 30 points. Better still, he led Wharton to its third district title during his high school career.
He also was named MVP of the Nature Coast Holiday Tournament and was player of the game at Seminole’s Keith MacCollom and the Don Stewart Shootout. Thiam also stood out in the classroom with a 3.11 weighted grade point average.
“Carr is the ultimate ‘TEAM’ player,” Wildcats coach Tommy Tonnelli said. “He is not only our leading scorer but he also leads our team in assists and was second in rebounding. He has one of the best attitudes of any player I have ever coached. He is an outstanding teammate and is always leading by the example he sets with his hard work and team first attitude. He is one of the most coachable, hard working, and dedicated players I have ever coached.”