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Wednesday, July 20, 2005
NASHVILLE --- Christopher Hannah, a 6-3, 190-pound player from Georgia Class 5A state champion Wheeler High in Marietta, has signed to play college basketball for Tennessee State University, Tiger head coach Cy Alexander announced Tuesday. Hannah was a part of the Wheeler High team which rolled to a 31-1 record, claiming its second state title in three seasons at the highest classification in the Georgia High School ranks. Hannah, played mostly at the post position for the state champs, but will play a wing spot in college. "Christopher is a tremendous athlete and this is a great catch for us at this time in the summer," said Alexander. "He played the post position, but we are convinced that he can play the wing spot. We expect him to be a defensive stopper and one of the big things is that he is coming from a state championship program." Not only was Hannah a member of two state championship basketball teams, he also was the Georgia High School champion in the high jump his junior year with a leap of six feet-10 inches. "Christopher is a very gifted athlete," said his high school coach, Doug Lipscomb who played collegiate basketball at Middle Tennessee. "He was our top rebounder. Not only is he outstanding as an athlete, he is an outstanding young person." Hannah was a member of the 2003 state title team and moved into the starting lineup the following year as a junior. He averaged 11.2 points and 8.0 rebounds his senior season. He will report to TSU in August for the start of the fall semester.