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May 20, 2014

Dunn works his way to the top

MILLEDGEVILLE — Baldwin High basketball fans celebrated another victory Monday afternoon in the school’s library, as senior point guard Marshall Dunn Jr. signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for Reinhardt University.

Traveling about two and a half hours from his hometown to Waleska, Ga., Dunn joins an Eagles basketball team that went 18-13 this season with a trip to the first round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics playoffs in March.

Dunn takes his passion for the game, his work ethic and his desire to defy all of the odds to a program that developed an NAIA All-American this season, and many Appalachian Athletic Conference honors as well.

“Coach [Jason] Gillespie was impressed, even in our phone conversation, you know, even in watching film he was impressed and wanted to see him immediately,” BHS head coach Rechard Larkin said. “Once he got him on campus it was a done deal. He see’s the things we’ve seen in Marshall, and he see’s what I saw in Marshall — the growth, the potential.”

As Braves’ assistant coach and parent, his mom Charlene Dunn looks forward to this opportunity for her son and admits Gillespie has helped make this decision easier for the entire family.

“Coach Gillespie has been great — he’s been wonderful,” she said. “I’m excited for him — it’s a nice college with wonderful surroundings. It’s small, but it’s pretty. We’re just excited about him going, and hope that he does his best and does move to that next level, and receives his degree.”

Having played only one year in the starting lineup on the varsity squad for BHS, Dunn was not the most sought-after recruit — averaging 4.5 points, two assists and less than a steal per game.

For the five foot nine inch senior, it was Gillespie’s interest that sold him right away on the scenic North Georgia institution.

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