They both wore the same number, and now, they both belong to the same club.
Before Tuesday’s matchup with the Powell Panthers, Corey Poteet joined his brother Chris in the Campbell County 1,000-point club.
On Dec. 17, during the Clinton game, Corey Poteet scored his 1,000th career point for the Campbell County Cougars.
“It’s a good feeling,” the senior said. “It just makes me remember my career here, every game. I can pretty much go back and tell you about every game I’ve played. There was something about it, just something memorable.”
Now, the Poteets have something else that can be memorable.
The two Poteets, Corey and Chris, become the first brother duo to join the 1,000-point club together.
“Tony and them have to be awful proud,” Campbell County head coach Matt Housley said. “That’s the first brother-brother duo to do that in our county, and that’s a pretty good milestone for both of them to get to.”
The two’s father, Tony Poteet, also played basketball at Campbell County.
While his boy’s weren’t the first sibling duo, he’s proud they were the first brothers to hit the mark.
“We were thinking about it once they mentioned the 1,000-point club, and there wasn’t any brothers,” Tony Poteet said. “I think there were a couple of girls, the Byrge girls (Jessica and Jamie) are in that club as far as the girls go, but I’m proud. I’m a proud Papa. It’s just a wonderful thing. I’m glad they had a great career.”
Both of the Poteet brothers were money from behind the three-point line.
For Housley, there’s nothing more potent than having great shooters like the two brothers on a team.
“It’s nice,” Housley said. “If you can shoot the three ball, you can extend the defense so much. Chris was a really good shooter, and it also helped that he was 6-foot-4. He had a high release. Corey can shoot it a little further back, so it’s the same story about spreading a defense out…they both change your game plan, really.”
However, to both of the 1,000-point club members, it was more about rivalry.
With the brothers being basketball players, it was sure to be a backyard shootout.
For Chris Poteet, he knew his younger brother would be shooting for his mark.
“It’s more of a fighting thing,” he said. “We’d be out in the yard playing horse, trying to see who would win.
“It’s always going to be a competition in the Poteet house. Always going to be a competition.”
Corey Poteet said the two were probably the most competitive brothers out there.
With numerous games of horse over the years, the two grew their shooting abilities.
However, for the younger counterpart, he was looking to one-up his older brother.
“By the end of the season, I’m going to pass him up,” Corey Poteet said with a big smile and a laugh. “It’s just like me beating him out there on the patio in a game of horse or something. It’s a good feeling though. That’s all I can say.”
It has to be a good feeling, as Corey Poteet has already passed his older brother.
Chris Poteet found his 1,000th career point in the final regular season game of his career.
Corey Poteet found it with 15 games left in his senior season. Since that Dec. 17 game, he’s managed 65 points, putting his total at 1,071.
“In my defense, he played four years,” Chris Poteet said with a laugh. “I only played two.”
No matter the totals, both Poteets have had outstanding careers for the Campbell County Cougars.
To Chris Poteet, that’s something to cherish.
“You never forget these years,” he said. “You don’t realize it until it’s gone. You don’t realize what you have until it’s gone, you know. Now, I get to watch him. It’s just like watching myself play all over again.”
As both have entered the club, they will have big things to look back on while they wore number 23.
“It brings us closer together to say, ‘Hey, we did that,’” Corey Poteet said. “All glory has to go to God, no matter what. I think we put all that to God, and we give Him the glory for it.”