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March 10, 2014

Potts picks MTSU

Athens senior selected for AL-MS All-Star game

— High school basketball fans around the state have heard about the Athens player they call “Giddy” over the last several years. At last month’s Northwest Regional Tournament, they found out what the Athens senior is all about.

Potts dropped 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead his team in a 76-72 victory No. 2 Wenonah in the regional semifinals.

After the game, Wenonah coach Cedric Lane summed it up after the game.

“I knew he was good going in,” he said. “He’s a little better than I thought he would be.”

Not that he was an unknown before, but beating the three-time defending champions put him on college coaches’ radars around the Southeast. A few days after the tournament, no less than half a dozen coaches visited Athens High School to speak with the basketball standout.

"A lot of people were waiting on us to play somebody like that," said

Athens head coach Stace Tedford. "When we beat Wenonah, they way we beat Wenonah, I had people around the state calling me and tell me, 'I didn't know he was that good.'"

One of the schools that started recruiting and offered Potts a scholarship was Middle Tennessee State University in Mufreesboro, Tenn. A short trip up Interstate 65 to visit the Conference USA school was enough to sell Potts on the program.

On Thursday, he announced his commitment to the school.

"I think he always wanted to go somewhere close enough to home where his mom could come watch him," said Tedford. "It's (MTSU) an hour and a half down the road, but he's going to get to travel all over the country. Their style of play is going to be very good for him. They like to shoot a lot of threes. If he can run and shoot it, he will do that all day long."

The Blue Raiders recently won a share of the C-USA regular season title and will be one of the favorites to win the conference tournament next week. Potts will be one of five freshmen coming in next year and will have a chance to compete for immediate playing time.

“They run our transition (offense) and they can shoot the ball,” said Potts. “I can shoot with them. I think they’re going to make it to the (NCAA) tournament.”

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