Top High School Player in Tennessee Committing to West Virginia Soon?

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — Emerson “KJ” Tenner, the 2024 AAAA Tennessee “Mr. Basketball”, has been granted a release from his National Letter of Intent commitment to play at Drake, and his recruitment is now re-opened.

Tenner, who played for Cordova High School in Memphis, Tennesseee, averaged 23.5 points, 4.8 assist and 2.7 steals per game this past season. Although he is undersized at 5’11 and 150 pounds, Tenner is one of the best natural scorers in the nation and could blossom into a superstar in a few years.

In his statement posted on social media today, Tenner said the following: “First and foremost, I want to take the time to thank God as well as my family for helping me through this process and journey.

I would also like to thank Drake University Athletics for their hospitality and treating me with the utmost love and kindness. After the news of Coach DeVries leaving the program, and with prayer and careful thought and consideration…

I have made my decision to reevaluate my options and have been granted a release from my National Letter of Intent from Drake University.

My family and I will take this time to determine the best decision and path for my college career.”

That path, of course, will likely lead him to Morgantown, West Virginia under new head coach Darian DeVries. Tenner “liked” Tucker DeVries’ announcement that he is coming to play for the Mountaineers for his senior season recently and several sources close to his recruitment believe he will ultimately join DeVries at WVU.

Because of his lack of size, Tenner did not have a lot of offers from Power 5 schools but did have multiple offers from schools like Drake, Bradley, Arkansas State, Central Michigan, College of Charleston, Rice, Samford, Morehead State and North Alabama.

Tenner’s personal statement, as listed on the NCSA College Recruiting website, is: “What makes me a good candidate for any coaches team is that i am a leader, hardworker, i play on both sides of the ball, i am coachable and i take care of my busniness on and off the floor. What makes me different from other recruits is that i am willing to listen to things that will better me in life, I take academics very seriously, I know how to conduct my self on the floor and in the classroom, I want to be a professional basketball player but i also want to be a well rounded man, I will give my best effort everytime I step on the floor and I am always respectful even if I disagree or agree with someone.”

Check out Tenner’s highlights below: