Monday, October 3, 2016

TJ Massenburg commits to Middle Tennessee State

Augusta native TJ Massenburg, the 6'9" senior center who averaged a double-double last season at Shiloh High School, committed to Middle Tennessee State this morning. Finally cleared to play after transferring from the Augusta based GAIS Eagles homeschool program (which I coached) following his freshman year, TJ burst onto the GHSA scene in January, averaging 11 points and 12 rebounds down the stretch for the Generals, who won their region tournament and finished 24-6 after being eliminated in the 6A state quarterfinals by eventual state champ West Lake.

I am thrilled for TJ. Middle Tennessee State is the defending Conference USA champion, and the Blue Raiders knocked off Michigan State in the first round of last season's NCAA tournament before falling to Syracuse to cap a 25-10 campaign.

Looking ahead

With his future plans set, Massenburg is now free to focus on his current short term goal, which he shared with GHSA expert Kyle Sandy of winning a state title this season at Shiloh. I look forward to following that journey, beginning with Shiloh's November 12 showdown with Greenforest in the third Southwest Dekalb Shootout. The matchup includes some of the state's top inside players.

Sandy spoke with me about TJ, his impact on the GHSA, and his standing relative to the state's best centers, including those at Greenforest, in a recent AugBball feature. I embedded that audio file below, along with the other three recent AugBball features that shared information about TJ, including highlights and interviews:

Sept 13, 2016:

AugBball on the Recruiting Trail: TJ Massenburg - 6'9" C, Shiloh HS

Sept 29, 2016:

The AugBball Recruiting Show: Episode 2

Sept 15, 2016:

New from AugBball: The Recruiting Show

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