May 10, 2011
Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin announced Tuesday that Quinton Chievous (pronounced: CHEE-viss) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Tennessee and play for the Volunteers beginning with the 2011-12 season. The Niles, Ill., native is expected to enroll at UT this summer and plans to major in communications or sport management.
A 6-5, 200-pound combo guard who attends Notre Dame College Prep, Chievous is the son of former collegiate All-America and NBA player Derrick Chievous, who holds the career scoring record at Missouri. Derrick Chievous was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 16th overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft and spent five seasons in the NBA with the Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers.
"Quinton has a lot of the characteristics coaches love," Martin said. "He's a hard worker who's dedicated to putting time in to continue to enhance his skills. He's very athletic and is a great competitor. He has the tools to be a really good player because he can do a lot of different things ."
As a senior this past season, Chievous averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds per game while leading his team to the IHSA Class AAAA state tournament and a 23-7 record. Though it was just his third year playing organized basketball, he was the leading scorer in the formidable East Suburban Catholic Conference and earned second-team All-State honors from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and The News-Gazette in East Central Illinois.
"I really love the atmosphere and the family environment at Tennessee," Chievous said. "I just feel comfortable there. But the main thing that really drew me to Tennessee was coach Martin. I felt like he could help me improve and succeed at the next level, both on and off the court.
"Coach Martin is all about turning young men into men, and I like that a lot. I think at Tennessee I can really, really grow on the court and as a person."
In his first two seasons of high school basketball, Chievous helped lead the Dons to consecutive IHSA regional championships in 2009 and 2010. He played summer ball with the Mac Irvin AAU program.
He chose Tennessee over Saint Louis University and is the fourth member of Tennessee's signing class, joining fellow guards Chris Jones (Memphis, Tenn.), Wes Washpun (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Josh Richardson (Edmond, Okla.).