West Headed South

Saginaw (Mich.) High is chasing a state title. However, in the midst of the title run, senior guard Daniel West visited a southern school and found comfort.

Lou Dawkins' Saginaw High team keeps on winning. The town with 60,000 residents advanced deeper into the state playoffs Monday night as senior guard Daniel West scored 27 points.

While West was clearly focused on the task at hand, earlier in the day he was making the calls to programs that won't sign him this spring. Over the weekend, the 6-foot-1 senior combo guard committed to the Tennessee Volunteers.

West fell hard, citing the Vols initial scholarship offer as the time he felt like he was at home. "They play my style," West said. "They go up and down. They've got a nice energetic coach and they got a good team. They go fast and play hard-nosed defense."

West is Dawkins' third D-I prospect in as many seasons. He'll have Draymond Green at Michigan State next year and Larry Wright is a sophomore at St. John's.

"For a young man to come out of nowhere in an 8 month time period to one of the top players I believe in the nation … with a great player in Draymond Green (on his team) he's a real floor general," Dawkins said. "He's a great guard."

Tennessee's win over Memphis, its ascension to No. 1 in the polls for a week and its animated coach have the attention of recruits. Basketball, not football, is front and center in Knoxville this month.

"It was real big. That was the center of Tennessee. With them being No. 1 that made it big. They showed me love and everyone around there was showing them love."

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