If Southwestern Illinois College men's basketball coach Jay Harrington wasn't familiar with the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga program, he is now.
Harrington announced on Monday that freshman point guard Greg Pryor has signed with the Moccasins program and that 6-7 220-pound forward Dominic Page from Fayetteville, N.C. will join the Blue Storm for the 2013-14 season.
Considered one of the top guards in the basketball-rich city of Memphis, Pryor signed with SWIC in the spring and was expected to compete for the starting point guard spot.
But when UT-Chatanooga offered the 6-2 Pryor a scholarship, Harrington released him from his commitment to the Blue Storm.
"That's what I've always done. If a kid is an academic qualifier and a NCAA Division I program offers him, I release them from here,'' Harrington said. "Helping the kids move on and achieve their dreams is what its all about.''
In turn, the Moccasins were key in helping SWIC land Page, who played at Seventy First High School in Fayetteville.
One of the top combination forwards in North Carolina, Page averaged 13 points, seven rebounds and 2 assists for a team which finished 28-3 and was ranked among the top five teams Class 4A teams in the state all season.
"They Chattanooga told us about Dominc because we released Pryor to them,'' Harrington said. "Dominc is an exciting player who play inside and outside.
"He can shoot it. He can rebound and he can flat out, get in the air. The kid is just a tremendous athlete.''
Harrington added that Page reminds him of a former Blue Storm standout.
"He plays like, looks like and has the mannerisms of Corbin Thomas who was an All-American here,'' Harrington said. "We've very excited about Dominic joining our basketball program. We feel he's another piece to the puzzle.''
Harrington still has two scholarships remaining for the upcoming season. Harrington knows what is seeking.
The Blue Storm coach said he is looking for one more athletic forward and would like to land another top point guard.
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