Green Runs Blount Selects JUCO

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Green Run Class of 2014 guard
normal'>Tyler Blount enjoyed a decorated career with the Stallions, who
went 58-20 the last three years with him starting on varsity and won the
Conference 9 Tournament this past season on their way to reaching the 5A-South
Region Tournament semifinals.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Blount now embarks on the next chapter of his basketball
career, opting to play for Coach James
Miller at New Mexico Junior College.
style=> Others he considered included Wallace State
Community College in Alabama, Louisburg Junior College in North Carolina,
Division II Mount Olive (NC) and nearby Division III Virginia Wesleyan.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"His dream and goal ever since he was a freshman was to
be a Division I player. I believe he's
going to keep grinding away to try to get there, and the school he is going to will
be a perfect situation for him," declared Green Run Head Basketball Coach
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Kenneth Harris.
style=> "Coach Miller really built a rapport with him
that I felt was excellent. It's a
basketball program and his résumé speaks for itself."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Blount becomes the sixth player from Virginia for the
Thunderbirds, who finished 27-7 overall this past season.
style=> Recently, the Thunderbirds inked Potomac standout
Randy Haynes, who was the VHSCA
co-State Player of the Year in Group 5A.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>A pipeline has clearly been developed in Virginia for
New Mexico JC. Previously, they've been
able to land the likes of former Booker T. Washington standouts
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Desmond Lee (NC State) and
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> 'Smoke' Waters, Norcom
product Devin Patterson (Nebraska-Omaha),
and ex-Norview guard Rashaun
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Madison.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Measuring in at about 5-foot-11, Blount overcame not
being one of the biggest guards around by sinking a bunch of perimeter jump
shots for the Stallions. He set school
records for three-pointers made in a career (236), season (88) and game (9).

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"There's no doubt they're getting a hard working,
determined, great kid who's very coachable and constantly trying to get basketball
at the game of basketball. To me, he was
one of the best shooters in the state, so they're definitely getting someone
that can do damage in that regard," added Harris.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"I also think they're getting a kid that can continue
to develop as an all-around guard and eventually a point guard.
style=> He might not be ready and a finished product
just yet, but in the four years we've had him he's made strides both handling the
basketball and defensively."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Blount's senior season was nothing short of
superb. He averaged 19 points per game
and earned Conference 9 Player of the Year honors as well as First Team All-State
by the VHSL and VHSCA. Behind his
shot-making and leadership, the Stallions finished 22-5 overall, notching their
first 20-win campaign since 1995, and advanced in the regional playoffs for the
first time in ten years.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Tyler was committed to our program from day one and
trusted our coaching staff. I really
have to commend him for his loyalty, work ethic and being a team player first
and foremost," commented Harris.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"Furthermore, he wanted to be a leader, not a follower.
style=> When the next season starts up, I'm really
going to miss him because what he did for us here at Green Run the last four
years can't be replicated. He's one of
the Top 5 players I've coached for sure and arguably one of the Top 5 in Green
Run history."



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