#3 T.J. HEATHERINGTON
Guard, 5-10, 170 pounds
Hometown: McKeesport, Pa.
High School: Serra Catholic
Coach Rager: “T.J. is the catalyst of our team. We expect big things from him and to run our offense. He is fully healthy after a knee injury last year, he has lost weight, he is quicker. We need him to produce offensively with points and assists and to set our tempo. He has a great feel for the game, sees the floor and can be a high scorer.”
Profile: Heatherington is the Pioneers’ point guard, and he missed 12 of the last 13 games of the 2010-11 season with a knee injury he suffered Jan. 15. But he is healthy again and ready to take on the form that had him as an all-conference second team pick as a freshman. Heatherington is a scoring point guard who is relied on to push the ball up the court in coach Rager’s fast-paced, up-tempo style of play that is focused on scoring. Heatherington is the key to the Point Park offense running at the pace that Rager likes. When healthy, he has started every game of his career. He has career averages of 14.9 points and 5.3 assists per game.
2010-11: Heatherington started the first 13 games before the season-ending knee injury versus Cedarville. He was third on the team with 13.4 points per game. He was in double digits in scoring nine times with five of those being 20-point games. He had 23 points versus Wilberforce, 22 versus Siena Heights and had 21 points in the both games versus WV Tech. Heatherington directed what was the second-highest scoring offense in the country before his injury. His scoring average went down from his freshman year as Kris Douse (20.1 ppg) and Jimmy Sherwood (17.8 ppg) became the top scorers.
2009-10: Heatherington averaged 15.9 points and 5.9 assists per game as a freshman. He ranked sixth in the AMC in scoring and was second in assists. He was tops among AMC freshmen in scoring and assists, and his assist average ranked fifth in NAIA Division II. Heatherington led Point Park in scoring in 10 games, which included a career-high of 26 versus PSU-Fayette. He scored in double figures 19 of 23 games and he eclipsed the 20-point mark eight times. He shot 41% from the field and a team-best 79% from the foul line. His career-high of 12 assists were in the second meeting with PSU-Fayette.
High School: Heatherington was a two-time all-state player during his standout career at Serra Catholic High School. He averaged 25.0 points per game as a senior, and scored 1,108 career points. As a two-sport athlete, Heatherington was a two-time all-state selection in basketball and football at Serra Catholic. In basketball, he was a Fab 5 pick by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette East and a Tribune-Review Terrific 10 selection. He was twice named the Male Athlete of the Year by the McKeesport Daily News. He was a two-time All-WPIAL selection and a two-time WPIAL all-section choice. As a junior, he led Serra Catholic to championships on the WPIAL and PIAA level. As a senior, he led his team to the WPIAL finals by scoring 50 points in the semifinals, which set a WPIAL single-game playoff record. On the football field, he was a all-state quarterback who ran an option offense. As a senior, he was the Black Hills Conference Offensive MVP after totaling 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards passing for the second straight year. Personal: Born Feb. 1, 1991…son of Paul and Kelly Heatherington…undecided on a major.