Chipola is one of the top junior colleges in the country. They finished seventh in the national tournament after arriving as one of the favorites. Among their sophomore players, they have six players headed to Division 1 schools including Kansas and Wichita State. Teel is a freshman guard who was among the top scorers for Chipola in most of the national tournament games. The 6'3" guard scored 19 against Seward County and 18 against Paris Junior College.
On a team with so many Division 1 players, Teel's efforts were impressive. "Vernon played really well out in Hutchinson (KS)," said Chipola Head Coach Greg Heiar. Coach Heiar was on the road to Mississippi when I spoke to him on his cell phone. Chiploa is full of Division 1 talent and Coach Heiar has to hit the road to find top players to restock his loaded roster each year.
After struggling with grades in high school, Teel had a 3.0 grade point average at LIU and majored in business management. His work ethic and his drive to succeed have put him in position to reach his goals. According to Coach Heiar, schools such as Hawaii, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, and Virginia Tech are keeping track of Teel.
No matter where he winds up, Vernon Teel's long journey will bring him more success in the future. BleedTechBlue.com will continue to track Teel's career and keep you updated on any future developments.