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DeShon Minnis was a third team NCSAA high school All-American at Atlantic Christian School last year.

September 7, 2011

LUBBOCK, Texas – DeShon Minnis has signed a scholarship to play basketball at Texas Tech University, announced Red Raider basketball coach Billy Gillispie.

“We are really excited to have Deshon here,” said Gillispie. “I have never seen anyone work harder or with more determination than coach (Chris) Walker did to recruit DeShon. He did fantastic work and got the job done.”

Minnis, a 6-3, 200-pound incoming freshman from Atlantic Christian School in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., is a native of Philadelphia, Pa. He played two seasons at Atlantic Christian after transferring from South Philadelphia High School.

“We are extremely happy to have DeShon here on campus,” added Gillispie. “He is a strong and very versatile player, who is highly regarded. He has the ability to play more than one position and he is the type of guy that we like to coach. Moreover, he is a great young man, who we think will get along great with our other players and gives us a great chance for success.”

At Atlantic Christian, Minnis earned third team NCSAA high school All-America honors as a senior. He was a two-time NCSAA Northeast Super Regional honoree and TSCAC All-Conference selection. He averaged 18.5 points, 6.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game in 2010-11, after chipping in 17.1 points, 4.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game as a junior.

“I am excited for the opportunity,” said Minnis. “After talking with coach Walker and coach Gillispie, I feel like this the best fit for me. I think we have a chance to be successful.”

As a sophomore, he led South Philadelphia to the Philadelphia Public League Class AAAA Championship, after averaging 15 points and four assists a game. He earned first team All-Public League and third team All-City that season.

In May of this year, he was selected to represent South Philadelphia in the city’s high school all-star tournament challenge, where Minnis earned all-tournament honors for his efforts.

Minnis was also being recruited by West Virginia, Marquette, St. John’s, UCF, Marshall, Providence and Penn State.



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