Former McNairy Central ballers now scholars at Blue Mountain College
A pair of former McNairy Central basketball standouts has been honored by the TranSouth Athletic Conference by being named scholar athletes. The Blue Mountain College players are Samantha Burns and Jermael Bingham.
Burns, a junior, was also honored as a NAIA Scholar Athlete for her outstanding effort in the classroom. She was one of two Lady Toppers to be honored by the conference and the NAIA.
She leads the team in blocked shots and averages 6.3 rebounds a game. This is her third season to play for BMC.
Burns, of Michie, is the daughter of Phillip & Karla Burns. She has two sisters, Rachel and Alicia. Burns is an Elementary Education major.
While playing for the Lady Bobcats, she finished her senior season by being named all-district and to the all-district tournament team. She was also voted into the MCHS Hall of Fame.
Bingham transferred to BMC after playing at Dyersburg St. Community College.
He is the son of Leverna Surratt and has one brother, Ken Bingham. He is majoring in Psychology at Blue Mountain.
Bingham was a key player for the Bobcats under coach Steve Forsythe. He averaged 14 points and six rebounds a game in his senior season.
The other Lady Toppers named TSAC Scholar Athletes were Kyesha Clark, Candace Davis, Chelsea Hussey, Amber Johnson and Shaquinta Robinson.
Ethan Ellis and Toby Roelfsema were the other players from Blue Mountain named as scholar athletes.
Scholar-Athlete Qualifications: TranSouth - Recipients must be a sophomore or above in academic standing; have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a 4 point scale. NAIA Scholar-Athlete Recipients must be a junior or above in academic standing; been in attendance at the nominating institution a minimum of one full year of attendance; have a minimum GPA of 3.50.