Greer signs with Tornadoes

Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Stanley Greer, Kings College Head Coach George Pitts, DeShaun Greer, and Kim Greer at the College last Thursday for the signing.

DeShaun Greer, a mainstay on the Marshall County High School basketball team for the last three years is off to Bristol to attend King College after signing a scholarship last Thursday to play for Coach George Pitts and the Tornado.

Greer, who had offers from Tusculum University and Emory & Henry College is being looked upon by Coach Pitts to be a force down in the low blocks with his great rebounding skills.

"I am very excited about this opportunity," Greer said. "I know I can help them win and I know they will help me reach my full potential. I am going to a great program."

The 6'5", 210 pound forward was one of the major reasons for the incredible thirteen game turnaround the Tigers turned in last season, going 23-7 after winning just ten games the previous year.

"It was not an easy turnaround," said Greer. "Coach Tigert put us through some real tough stuff to get there. I was sad when we lost, but I was happy to be a part of the MCHS program and help Lewisburg bring back the winning tradition."

Greer averaged 12.7 points and 11 rebounds per game for Marshall County High School in 2007-2008, leading the Tigers to the regular season District 10AA crown with a 13-1 district record. Greer was an All-District and All-Region selection the past two years.

The Tigers were ranked in the AP Poll top 10 for much of the season, before being upset 69-65 by Spring Hill in the quarterfinals of the District 10AA Tournament. The Tigers were eliminated from the post-season at David Lipscomb in the Region 5AA opener, 75-59.

Greer will be headed to a Tornado program that completed the 2007-08 campaign with a record of 26-8. They won the regular season Appalachian Athletic Conference championship finishing the regular season on a 14 game winning streak while posting an overall 16-2 conference record.

The Tornado won their second consecutive AAC Tournament championship and qualified for their second consecutive National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic National Tournament, losing in the first round. The Tornadoes finished the season ranked 10th nationally in the final N.A.I.A poll.

Coach Pitts, who made TSSAA history by guiding Brentwood Academy to four consecutive state championships before leaving for King College in 2007, said of Greer, "He is a very strong young man that will have an opportunity to help King College immediately."

Greer will fulfill two life-long dreams at King College; one is studying law, the other being a collegiate athlete. "I always thought it would be football, but when I hurt my collarbone last year, I had to change my course."

Greer gave all the credit to his family especially his father Stanley who he said was his mentor and coach at home. "My dad always taught me about working hard and be better than the guy next to you. He taught me to look out for myself. He is the perfect example of a dad and I want to be just like him when I am a dad."

Greer is the eldest of five children and said, "I want to set an example for the rest of my family to work hard to reach your goals. I try to tell them that even when you think nobody is looking, someone always is, so always do what is right.

"I am going to miss my family and friends in Lewisburg, this is the place where I grew up, and it is my hometown.

"I am very excited about going to a new environment, a new world. I look forward to it a lot. My dad always told me to get out of Lewisburg because there are better things out there for me. He told me opportunity will open up for you."