Troy Nance ‘00
Troy Nance ‘00
The boys varsity basketball program has a history of success on both the team and individual level. Team championships are commonplace, as are Cape Henry alumni on college rosters across the region. This program’s legacy has been built over the course of the past 40 years, and Troy Nance, Class of 2000, is one of the key building blocks in that history.
Troy’s basketball career at Cape Henry began upon his arrival in the Sixth Grade. Playing Middle School basketball, it is commonplace for student-athletes to remain on their grade-appropriate team, but Troy was advanced enough as a player to move up to the Eighth Grade team immediately. His nickname throughout his Middle School basketball career was basketball-savant because his basketball IQ was far ahead of his peers. Upon entering the Upper School (1996-1997), Troy became a fixture on the Varsity Basketball Team, but his freshman season was cut short by a hip injury during a game in the Christchurch Tournament. The Dolphins finished the 1997 season in up and down fashion, and former Head Coach Dave Cameron admitted that the team missed the floor general that Troy had become even as a freshman.
Once he hit the floor again as a sophomore, Troy resumed what would turn out to be an illustrious Cape Henry career. With an on-court poise that calmed his team in the most crucial of moments, and a crossover dribble for which the best opponents could not match, Troy left his mark on the region. Over the course of his three-year career, Troy amassed 1,165 career points, and he still reigns as the career assist leader with 510 for the Dolphins. He was selected to the All-TCIS Team and the TCIS All-Tournament Team during his junior and senior years (1999, 2000), and he was named the TCIS Tournament MVP during his senior year (2000). Arguably the best pure point guard in the history of Cape Henry basketball, Troy helped lead teams that were consistently ranked #1 or #2 in the Tidewater area, and he helped lead the Dolphins to the first of seven straight TCIS titles (2000). In addition to the Dolphins’ conference achievements under Troy’s direction, he helped lead Cape Henry to the semifinals of the State Tournament in both his junior and senior seasons.
Upon graduating from Cape Henry, Troy attended Old Dominion University, where he earned a starting spot on the Monarchs Division I basketball team as a freshman. His collegiate career included twice being named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Player of the Week, and Troy was awarded the Paul Webb award his senior year as the player who “best represents ODU basketball.” Troy’s career with the Monarchs spanned from 2001-2004, where he remains 10th in the record books for career assists.