Crusaders News
Men's Basketball - Tue, Jul. 16, 2013

Cameron Tackett of Franklin, Tenn., became Tennessee Temple University's latest basketball signee Monday afternoon, and he came from close by at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he has been a student the past two years. The 6-foot-5 Tackett averaged 15 points and nine rebounds a game as a 2010-11 senior at Franklin High School and got some NAIA scholarship offers but wasn't sure if he wanted to continue in basketball. While at UTC, though -- as just a student -- he decided he wanted to teach and coach and thought returning to playing status would help. So he sent out a videotape package and got some takers. Temple was one of those, and he followed that up with a phone call and a campus visit and workout. "I liked the city already, and once I came here, this was where I wanted to play," said Tackett, now a secondary education major with plans to go into Temple's leadership master's program. "He was an all-district player in high school," Temple assistant coach Ezell Dodd said. "I know he had a chance to walk on at [NCAA Division I] Lipscomb, and Trevecca and some other NAIA schools were interested. We brought him in and he had great footwork to go with his big body, and he can shoot it midrange. He doesn't mind bullying people down low, and he showed leadership even in the workout." Tackett has three years of eligibility left.