Darius Thompson made things official Wednesday.
He is a Tennessee Vol.
The Blackman High senior became the latest signee for UT men’s basketball coach for Cuonzo Martin with a faxed letter of intent. Thompson is expected to enroll this summer.
“I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Darius and his parents, and I’m excited that he’s chosen to be a Vol,” Martin said in a press release regarding Thompson. “Darius has a very high basketball IQ, and he’s good at making individual plays and also facilitating the offense and getting others involved. At 6-4, he’s got good size for a point guard. He’s a proven scorer who can shoot it with range, and I’m confident that he’s going to be able to help us in a number of areas.”
Thompson helped lead Blackman to a 30-1 record — its best in school history. The Blaze reached the TSSAA Class AAA state quarterfinals for the second consecutive season. Thompson averaged 16.4 points and 6.4 assists for the Blaze. He is the son of current Cumberland University coach Lonnie Thompson, a former MTSU basketball player and assistant.
Blackman compiled a 56-5 record over the past two seasons.
Thompson was the headliner among Rutherford County athletes to sign on Wednesday, the first day for high school athletes to sign during the regular signing period.
Oakland High senior Aubrey Crowell signed with MTSU to play softball for former Riverdale coach Jeff Breeden. Crowell is hitting .301 with a home run and four doubles for the Lady Patriots this season. She has moved around to different positions this season due to injuries after catching in previous seasons. She’s played in the infield and outfield this season for Oakland.
Oakland’s Hannah Waggoner will be a preferred walk-on at Alabama to run track and field. Waggoner began running cross country and track and field this season. She’s also playing tennis this year for the Lady Patriots, while juggling track.
“It’s amazing,” Waggoner said. “Conner Thompson signed with Alabama and he helped me out a bunch. He was kind of a go-between.
“The coach has walk-on times they want you to hit. I haven’t hit them yet, but they think I have the potential to do it.”
Siegel outfielder Patrick Reed stayed closer to home and signed with Trevecca.
“I like the type of baseball they play,” said Reed, who is hitting .379 for the Stars. “They like to play small ball and manufacture runs. I like to bunt and steal bases and things like that.”
Reed said he wanted to attend an in-state Christian school.
“My ideal school was a Christian school like Trevecca, or a bigger school like Belmont,” Reed said. “Trevecca is the best of both.”
Middle Tennessee Christian School also had a Trevecca signee in Ashley Sadler, who will play volleyball at the school.
Other recent signings includes Oakland senior Dontae Lippert, who has signed to play basketball at Chattanooga State.