Radney Tutt never knew that he'd someday be good enough to play college basketball.
The talented senior guard-forward, who stands 6-3, is a product of Thomson High School, where he led the Bulldogs to another winning season and helped them get to the first round of the Class AAA state basketball playoffs, has accepted a four-year athletic scholarship to play basketball at Voorhees College in Denmark, S.C. next season. Tutt, the son of Rhonda Johnson and Gregory Leverett and Randolph Tutt, all from Thomson agreed to the terms of the offer during a special signing ceremony held in the media center of the high school last Thursday.
The 18-year-old Tutt becomes the second basketball Thomson High School basketball player from the senior class of 2009 to sign to play college basketball next year. Former teammate Richard Johnson inked earlier to play at Allen University in Columbia, S.C.
"I'm excited about getting the chance to play college basketball," said Tutt. "This is a great opportunity for me to get a college education and to play for a fine basketball program."
As a starter for the past two seasons at Thomson, Tutt averaged 12.5 points per game, six rebounds and four assists.
Thomson Head Coach Michael Thomas says one of Tutt's biggest attributes is his versatility.
"Radney can do lots of things on the court and he's a great leader," said Coach Thomas. "He will be an asset to the Voorhees basketball program. I'm very happy for him."
Tutt visited the campus of Voorhees College about a month ago. While there, he participated in a mini-camp.
"I was very impressed by what I saw," said Tutt. "I think I'm going to like going to school there and playing basketball. I'm ready for the challenge of becoming an adult."
Tutt said he never dreamed of playing college basketball.
"This is something special that just happened to have popped up," added Tutt.
Tutt says none of this would have been possible without God.
"Ever since I've been on the Thomson team, I've tried to do everything that Coach Thomas has told me to do," said Tutt. "I've gone to church and I've studied my Bible. I want to make the right decisions in my life."
Tutt said he is looking forward to becoming a Tiger at Voorhees College, "but in my heart, I'll always be a Bulldog."