“He came in and he helped set a standard and lay a foundation for other kids to follow, by coming in and working hard.”
David Crockett Basketball Coach
By COLLIN BROOKS
There is no doubt that senior Dustin Day will be a pioneer forever, but just for good measure, Day signed with the Tusculum College Pioneers to continue his basketball career on Wednesday, May 4.
Day’s numbers are impressive, with 1,529 career points and 470 rebounds, but they barely show the amount of work that he has put into the game.
“He came in and he helped set a standard and lay a foundation for other kids to follow, by coming in and working hard,” David Crockett coach John Good said. “He made his dream of playing college basketball come true by the work he did. He is going to play for a great school and a really good coach in Michael Jones.”
Part of that dream was staying close to home, according to Day, who realized that as he inked with the Pioneers just down the road in Greeneville.
“I just felt like that was the place that God wanted me to be, my whole family has been praying about it,” Day said. “God led me there. That is where I wanted to be and that is where he wanted me to be and they just made it happen. It feels like a dream come true, I know that I have a lot more work to do, but I will just keep on working hard and see where it leads me.”
One of his partners in crime, who had a heck of a career himself as a Pioneer, made sure that Day and his teammates always had a good day.
“We built a chemistry together that some people may not have because we put so many hours in the gym together,” teammate Patrick Good said. “Deep down, he went through all the things that I went through and he deserves a lot more credit that he didn’t get.”
During his signing, the library was packed with family, teammates and supporters of Day, all smiling as he inked to continue his basketball career.
“They did not want me to go away at all,” Day said. “They didn’t want to have to drive to all of my games, so they are happy that I am staying around here.”
Day reflected on his four years at David Crockett, which concluded with the Pioneers reaching their first-ever state tournament.
“The three years that coach Good was here, some days I hated him, but he is the greatest coach I have ever had,” Day said through a smile. “I just love him to death and I love all my coaches to death, without them, I wouldn’t be here.”
Day plans to major in sports management at Tusculum.