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Lausanne prep star Wooten chooses Freed-Hardeman

Lausanne High School’s star point guard, Damion Wooten, signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Freed-Hardeman University.

by Evan Devould
Special to the Tri-State Defender

Lausanne High School’s star point guard, Damion Wooten, signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Freed-Hardeman University on Monday (April 2) evening.

Wooten was widely considered as one of the top guards in the city. He averaged 17.3 points per game while dishing out five assists per game as well. His role in helping Lausanne earn a sub-state title game berth netted him West All-Region team honors.

 
 Damion Wooten of Lausanne is looking to contribute right away to the university of his choice, Freed-Hardeman. (Photo by Evan Devould)

Other schools in the chase for Wooten were Belmont, Lincoln University and Wright State.

So, why pick Freed-Hardeman?

“The chance to play right away,” Wooten said, noting that Freed-Hardeman is a great school academically.

The prep star has a family athletic background. His father, Harold Wooten, played football at Jackson State University, and his mother, Pamela Pointer, played basketball at Lane College.

Freed-Hardeman head coach Jason Shelton attending the signing and his excitement about Wooten’s decision was evident. Shortly after seeing Wooten play for the first time, Shelton said he got on the telephone and told one of his assistance, “If we are not recruiting this kid we better get on it now.”

Wooten’s IQ for the game and an ability to make players around him better is what caught his eye, said Shelton, who added, “I expect him to come in and contribute right away.”

Harold Wooten said his son chose to play basketball on his own and that neither parent pressured him about what university to choose. While mother and father were together on two key factors – a good academic program and a paid for education – they were determined to support their son’s choice.

Freed-Hardeman is located in Henderson, Tenn.

 

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