The road to success has only just begun for 2020 North Murray grad Korbin Tipton.
The versatile wing recently committed to play basketball at Lenoir-Rhyne, a private, liberal arts university in Hickory, N.C. The Bears are an NCAA Division II program in the South Atlantic Conference.
“I picked it because it felt like home and I loved the area,” Tipton said. “I haven’t gotten to meet the team, but I have seen them on social media and everything. It seems like they are very close and that’s what I wanted in a school. It’s perfect for me.”
Tipton finished as the second leading scorer in school history, averaging 17 points per game this past season. Tipton was the centerpiece of a North Murray team that had an up and down season, finishing 12-14 overall but 10-7 in region play.
“She developed into a complete player,” said North Murray coach Randy Watson. “Great shooter that became a great scorer. She is going to do great things in college.”
Lenoir-Rhyne finished 11-18 overall and 9-13 in a very tough South Atlantic Conference this past season. Tipton picked the Bears over North Greenville, which was also courting her. She said Lenoir-Rhyne gave her the best opportunity and it felt the most like home.
“It was pretty hard to choose,” Tipton said. “I really liked both coaches. I visited both and chose Lenoir-Rhyne.”
Tipton will not only have to get used to college life, but doing so while trying to muddle through COVID-19 restrictions.
“They haven’t really said much,” Tipton said. “I know we are going to get to go to class in August. We’ll definitely get to go back. I’m sure all the athletes will have to take a COVID test, which is going to stink, but other than that they haven’t really said anything yet.”
Tipton is doing a team prescribed workout regimen while she waits to get started in the fall. There’s reason to believe she can go in and help the team get better.
“(Coach) doesn’t really use positions like we did in high school,” she said. “He said I would be one of the wings, so probably like a three or four like I was in high school.”
Tipton, who is the artistic type, will be majoring at graphic design at Lenoir-Rhyne. She’s not sure what career path she’ll take afterward, but is passionate about graphic design.
“I know people in a lot of different jobs in graphic design,” she said. “Interior design can kind of fall into that. I like drawing so I could make, for example, business cards and signs.”
Tipton’s senior year was disrupted by the COVID-19 scare and it was, unquestionably, uncharted waters for everyone. When asked to reflect on the bizarre nature of it all, Tipton said she was taking it in stride.
“God has a plan,” she said. “You have to trust it. It stunk not being able to do all the fun stuff that comes with going to 13 years of school. I got through it, did all my college classes online, finished those. I liked doing the work online better than being in the classroom, but at the same time, it stunk not being around my friends and schoolmates, especially since I will never see most of them again.”