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Thursday, December 1, 2005
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State men's basketball program's recruiting for the 2006-07 season has gotten off to a fast and successful start with a standout from both the high school and junior college ranks set to join the Tigers. A.J. Pigram, a 6-1, 170-pound guard from Memphis and Southwest Tennessee Community College and Obinna Hurt, a 6-6, 200-pound forward/guard from Baldwin High in Milledgeville, Ga., are set to join Cy Alexander's program. Pigram, who plays both the shooting and point guard positions, is underway in his sophomore season at Southwest Tennessee. He averaged 17.5 points, 4.0 assists, and 4.0 steals a game as a freshman for the team which played for the state title. Pigram converted 39 percent of his 3-point shots. He was named to the All-Tennessee Junior College team. "It is a great atmosphere in both athletics and learning at Tennessee State University," said Pigram. "I love the coaches and feel a good, tight bond with them. I look forward to working toward earning a couple of conference championships." Pigram has helped Southwest to start this season with a 5-1 record. He is one of the latest of several standouts that played high school basketball at Trezvant High. He was an all-district selection in high school. He is currently majoring in psychology. Hurt is a versatile performer, playing a number of positions for Baldwin High. He helped lead Baldwin to an Elite Eight appearance in the Georgia playoffs last season. He averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and had a couple of blocked shots a game. "I fell in love with the campus and the coaches as soon as I got there and knew it was the place where I wanted to attend college," said Hurt. "Also, the players made me feel very welcome and I look forward to coming there next season." Hurt has been ranked as high as the eighth top prospect in the Georgia high school ranks. Hurt is leaning toward majoring in business administration with an emphasis in sports marketing at TSU. The new signees will enroll for the fall semester in 2006. The pair will join a Tiger program that has made strides of improvement under the direction of Alexander in his first two seasons of leading the program.