Nash Central's Cash signs with Averett University

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Nash Central's Montre Cash has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Averett University.


Sports Writer

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Montre Cash knows coaching is in his future.

That’s why when the Nash Central guard considered college, he had two options. He could go to East Carolina as a student, where he would serve as a manager for the men’s team. After a year, he would try to walk on. Or he could find a place to play. 

Cash signed with Averett University on Thursday, putting off that coaching career for a little bit longer. The decision came with the guidance of his mother, Nash Central girls’ basketball coach Terri Cash.

“My mom was like ‘I don’t think you would like managing. That’s not you. You want to play,’” Cash said. “And I didn’t know if managers could play in practice."

Cash averaged 20.2 points and 4.5 assists a game for Nash Central this season, leading the team to a Big East conference tournament title. He announced his commitment to Averett on April 22. He saw an offense that would allow him to eventually shine, as well as a solid coaching network to break into. He said he hopes to work a summer skill development camp at Duke, an early benefit of his college choice.

Averett went 12-15 last season, finishing first in the Conference USA season standings. He will be coached by David Doino, who won the conference coach of the year award and was formerly a N.C. Wesleyan assistant. 

Cash said coaches want him to serve in a spot-up shooter role, something he did well throughout his Nash Central career. He said he’s expected to get bigger, but he will play behind returners next season.

“I feel like I knock down shots, and that is what they like to do,” Cash said. “They like to take and make shots, and I feel like I will fit in great there.”

Nash Central lost in the opening round of the NCHSAA tournament to Chapel Hill. That loss triggered Cash’s competitive streak more, and Averett earned a commitment out of it. 

“Toward the end of the season, I was really comfortable and I didn’t think I wanted to play basketball anymore,” Cash said. “I had a good high school career.

“But the way we went out, I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t end on that note, and I knew I wanted to keep playing.”