Blackman High made history last season as one of the few Tennessee teams to sweep both the boys and girls basketball state titles in the same year.
One of the main reasons for the boysâ€™ success, Reid Pierce, has decided to attend Motlow State Community College starting this fall. It is another addition to a Bucks team looking for more success this season under second year head coach Matt Slign.
â€śPierce makes winning plays night in and night out,â€ť Slign said in a press release earlier this week. â€śHe has developed under one of the best high school coaches, not just in the state of Tennessee, but in the entire country in Barry Wortman. He plays extremely hard and he was vital in Blackmanâ€™s state championship run.
â€śI believe he will flourish in our program because of his excellent work ethic and commitment to improve. He will also be a great teammate and will have total buy-in with what we do as a program from day one. We really emphasized adding talented in-state student-athletes who would fit our Motlow community well, and he fits that perfectly.â€ť
During his three years as a member of the Blaze, Pierce help lead the program to three straight trips to the TSSAA state tournament. He was a member of the Team Nashville AAU team under head coach Carlton Battle and he becomes the third member of the AAU team to sign with the Bucks during the off season, joining Jordan Darden and Jacob Saunders.
Wortman also believes his former pupil will be a good fit for the MSCC program.
â€śReid Pierce is a young man with his best basketball ahead of him,â€ť Wortman said. â€śHe has great instincts and a knack for coming up with the ball. He is a talented rebounder who can get baskets running the floor as well as scoring facing the basket or with his back to the basket. He is a special kid, great teammate, and he will thrive under the guidance of Coach Slign.â€ť
Currently, the Bucks are a member of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association and play in Region VII of the NJCAA. The school sponsors four sports, menâ€™s and womenâ€™s basketball, baseball and softball.
Last season, the MSCC menâ€™s basketball team finished 14-14 in its first season under Slign, which included a trip to the semifinals of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament before losing to eventual champion Columbia State, 122-121, in two overtimes.