Knott Central star Camron Justice pulls commitment to Tennessee

broberts@herald-leader.comFebruary 2, 2014 

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One of the best basketball players in Kentucky re-opened his recruitment Sunday.

Knott County Central junior guard Camron Justice announced that he has decommitted from Tennessee, a decision he said he had been pondering for the last two weeks.

"I've been thinking about it. It didn't just happen overnight," Justice told the Herald-Leader. "I just don't want to feel like I made the wrong choice when I get there. I just want to make sure I make the best decision for me."

He originally committed to Tennessee in October.

Justice isn't closing the door on the Volunteers. He said he considers Tennessee and Vanderbilt his top two schools at the moment. "It's not like I was going to rule them out of the equation," he said of Tennessee. "I just felt like I made my decision a little early."

The 6-foot-3 prospect called the coaches at Vanderbilt to let them know he had re-opened his recruitment. Because he's in the Class of 2015, he is permitted to start taking his official visits at any time. Justice said he has no plans for any official visits anytime soon, adding that he might take some at the end of the summer.

In a pre-season poll of state coaches, Justice was ranked the No. 2 player in Kentucky behind Ballard senior Quentin Snider, who has signed with Louisville. Rivals.com and 247Sports rank Justice among the top 150 players nationally in the junior class.

Other schools that have offered scholarships include Butler, Wake Forest, UAB, Western Kentucky and Clemson.

Louisville Coach Rick Pitino called Justice shortly before his commitment to Tennessee and said he was interested in recruiting the in-state standout. Justice said Sunday that he has never had any contact with Kentucky.

Though he grew up a Duke fan, Justice said he would definitely be interested in either of the big in-state programs if they offer a scholarship down the road. "You can't rule them out," he said. "That would be hard to do."

For now, Justice will concentrate on his junior season at Knott Central, one of the top teams in the state and a contender to win the 14th Region title and return to Rupp Arena for the Sweet Sixteen. Justice is averaging 23.7 points and making 47 percent of his three-point attempts, according to the KHSAA.

He is in no rush to make another college commitment.

"I'm just going to take my time," he said. "Just to make sure it's what I want to do and it's going to work for me."

Ben Roberts: (859) 231-3216. Twitter: @NextCats. Blog: ukrecruiting.bloginky.com.

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