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Thursday, May 20, 2004
NASHVILLE --- Reiley Ervin, the Most Valuable Player of the 2004 Tennessee High School AAA State Tournament, has signed a grant-in-aid to play college basketball for the Tennessee State University Tigers. "We are delighted that Reiley is joining our program and I think he was one of the top three point guards in the state this past season," said TSU head coach Cy Alexander. "We look forward to the future and he will have a positive impact on our program." Ervin, 5-10, 170-pounds, was a member of three state title teams for White Station High and coach Terry Tippett. He averaged 15 points, 5.8 assists, and 3.0 steals a game during the season as White Station finished with an overall 39-2 record. He made 80 percent of his free throw attempts, shot 40 percent from 3-point range, and shot better than 50 percent overall from the field. In three games in the state tournament, he averaged 18.0 points, 4.7 assists, and 3.o steals. In the Spartans title game win over Jackson North Side, he tallied 26 points, handed out six assists, and recorded three steals. "Reiley will have a positive effect on Tennessee State's basketball program, both on the court and off the court," said Tippett. "He is a tremendous young man, leader, and the TSU fans will certainly enjoy watching him play over the next four years." In addition to his success on the court, Ervin is also an outstanding student in the classroom. He is looking at several areas to study at TSU. The White State team won the AAA state title three of Ervin's four seasons and has captured the crown four of the past five seasons.