Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County High School basketball standout Heston King signed a letter-of-intent to continue his education and playing career at Volunteer State Community College on Wednesday afternoon in the MCHS auditorium. Pictured at the signing are: (seated, L to R) Heston’s sister Courtney King, Heston’s mother Lisa King, Heston King, Heston’s father Jason King, Heston’s sister Marah King, (standing) Macon County High athletic director Beverly Shoulders, Tiger head coach Jason Welch, VSCC head coach Rusty Melvin, MCHS assistant coach Adam Bandy and Tiger assistant coach Brandon Mahaney.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Macon County High School basketball standout Heston King signed a letter-of-intent to continue his education and playing career at Volunteer State Community College on Wednesday afternoon in the MCHS auditorium.

Pictured at the signing are: (seated, L to R) Heston’s sister Courtney King, Heston’s mother Lisa King, Heston King, Heston’s father Jason King, Heston’s sister Marah King, (standing) Macon County High athletic director Beverly Shoulders, Tiger head coach Jason Welch, VSCC head coach Rusty Melvin, MCHS assistant coach Adam Bandy and Tiger assistant coach Brandon Mahaney.

by Craig Harris Macon County Times

Macon County High senior basketball standout Heston King signed a letter-of-intent to continue his education and basketball career at Volunteer State Community College in a ceremony held on May 9 in the MCHS auditorium.

"It's been a goal since fifth grade," King said of playing college basketball. "I've been talking to a couple of different colleges. I talked to Maryville (College) up around Knoxville.

"(Macon County High head coach Jason) Welch came and talked to me on Monday and said the Vol

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State coach wanted me to come play for him. I said, 'let's do it.' I had been talking to Coach Welch about it."

King -- a two-year starter -- was a second-team All-District 8-AA honoree as a senior. He averaged 11.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-4 center shot 60 percent from the field and 69 percent at the free-throw line.

He was also named to the 8-AA All-Defensive Team.

"I'm super proud of this young man," Welch said. "He's worked extremely hard for four years. He's had a great career here at Macon County.

"He's a much better person than he is a basketball player. I love him and wish him the best."

King helped the Tigers to a 29-5 record and to the Class AA State Tournament in 2016-17, winning the regional championship for the first time since 1999. King averaged 7.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game as a junior.

"I'm going to miss playing with the same group of guys since the fourth grade," King said. "I'm going to miss playing in front of people who have supported me for all of these years. The community is a big thing."

Macon County finished the 2017-18 season with an 18-10 overall record and a 9-5 mark in 8-AA, placing third in the district before falling to DeKalb County in the quarterfinal round of the 8-AA Tournament. It was the Tiger program's 12th consecutive winning season.

Led by the nation's leading scorer - freshman guard George Stanberry (who averaged 29 points per game and was named a National Junior College Athletic Association Honorable Mention All-American) - Vol State compiled an 8-18 overall record and a 4-14 mark in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association in 2017-18.

"I knew he could play basketball, but when they told me he had a 4.0 (grade-point average) and a 24 on his ACT (American College Testing exam), I couldn't get here fast enough," VSCC head coach Rusty Melvin said. "What he has done in the classroom is far more impressive than what he's done on the basketball court.

"We're glad to have him."

Playing relatively close to home impacted King's decision.

"It kind of was a factor," King said. "I didn't want to go far away from home. Having a support system is great.

"I'm looking forward to it. I'm pretty excited."