Knott Central's Justice says Tennessee best fit for his game

mfields@herald-leader.comOctober 24, 2013 

Knott County Central's Camron Justice drove to the basket against Ballard's Corey Douglas as Ballard played Knott Central on Friday March 7, 2013 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff

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Tennessee's football upset of South Carolina wasn't the only good news to come out of Knoxville for Volunteers fans last Saturday.

Knott County Central junior basketball standout Camron Justice was at the game and committed to UT Coach Cuonzo Martin during his visit.

"I felt that's where I wanted to go, so there was no need to wait," said Justice, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard who averaged 25.5 points last season. "I felt like my style of play fit their style of play, and I couldn't do much better than playing in the SEC."

Raymond Justice, Camron's dad and a Knott County assistant, was a little surprised his son was ready to commit so early.

"But he told me he'd thought about it a lot and was sure about it," Raymond Justice said. "If he's that excited about doing it, I'm real excited for him. You couldn't get a better coaching staff or better college setting than Tennessee."

Camron Justice had lots of offers, including Butler, Western Kentucky and Vanderbilt. He said Vandy was probably runner-up in his decision.

UT has been after Justice since he was a freshman, with Volunteers assistant Kent Williams his main recruiter.

"Camron's got a bond with Kent Williams," Raymond Justice said. "They've really hit it off."

Raymond Justice said UT recruited Camron "to be a big-time shooter. Watching them play, they do a great job setting those screens. They're going to get a shooter his shots."

Over the last two seasons Justice has made 162 of 383 three-pointers (43 percent). He hit eight of 11 threes and had a school-record 62 points in a loss to Cincinnati Roger Bacon in the Republic Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic last December.

He helped Knott Central reach the Sweet Sixteen quarterfinals last March, and pushed his career scoring total to 1,996 points.

His goal this year is to "help my team take the next step to the final four."

Justice said since he has committed to UT, he's taken some good-natured teasing from UK fans.

"I've heard it quite a bit," he said with a laugh. "I just shake my head."

Justice won't be the first Kentuckian in recent years to cross the border to play for the Vols. Chris Lofton of Mason County and Scotty Hopson of University Heights had noteworthy careers at UT.

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes. Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com.

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