Games against top teams Hillgrove, Allatoona and Buford all went down to the wire as the Purple Hurricanes lost by an average of four points.
One constant in the three games was the performances of senior guard Corey Tobin, who was recognized among the state’s best last week as the HoopSeen.com Class AAA senior of the year and an all-state selection.
“I felt good about it,” Tobin said. “I’m definitely surprised. I guess I never thought about what if I get it or what if I don’t or anything like that, but it shows all the hard work I’ve put in.”
Tobin averaged 18.4 points, 4.1 rebounds per game and 3.7 assists. He also made 107 3-pointers this season, a school record, and shot 42 percent from behind the arc in helping lead the Canes to the state quarterfinals.
This season, he was awarded the Northwest Georgia Tip-off Club Co-player of the Year, the Region 5-AAA Player of the Year and the Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival MVP.
This season, Tobin saved his best for the biggest moments, scoring 24 points against Allatoona, 27 against Model in the Rome News-Tribune Holiday Festival final and 30 against Buford in the state quarterfinals.
“My dad [Cartersville head coach Mike Tobin] was talking to me about [playing well against tough competition]. He said three of my best games have been against Buford, against Hillgrove, which is AAAAAA, and then Allatoona, which was No. 1 in AAAAA,” Corey Tobin said.
After playing at Woodland High his first two years, Tobin followed his father to Cartersville for his junior and senior seasons.
In the past three years, the pair put together an 80-8 record, won three regular season region championships and won two region tournament championships.
Tobin finished his career with 285 made 3s, 1,528 career points and three all-region team selections.
“I definitely thought I did a lot better than I expected going into my freshman year,” he said. “Other than not winning a state championship, I feel like me and the class of 2014 did everything we could have possibly done.”
Cartersville lost to the eventual state runner-up in Buford in the quarterfinals, but Tobin had 24 points in the first half.
“After the Buford game, I wanted to feel terrible about it, but I was thinking about how great our team did and I was just so proud that we grew up together and we did so well,” he said. “I definitely think that when me and my dad came here junior year, I did not expect to go 27-3 and have the best record in school history.”
Tobin is joined by Tookie Brown of Morgan County, Chris Cokley of Savannah and Rakim Lubin and D’Marcus Simonds of Buford on the all-state team.
Brown was named player of the year, but Tobin was awarded senior of the year over Lubin, who is committed to play at the University of Connecticut next year.
Tobin believes his performance against Lubin in the playoffs helped earn him the recognition, along with his outside shooting stroke.
“Honestly, in the Buford game I wanted the ball in my hands. That feeling, I felt it at the Allatoona game, I felt like that and at the Rome News Christmas tournament against Model,” Tobin said. “When I don’t think, I just play the way I know I can, I feel like I’m the best shooter in the country.”