Lamonte Turner’s Path From Sparkman to Tennessee

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Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) It's been over two years since Lamonte Turner helped lead the Sparkman Senators to Birmingham. Two of the longest years in Turner's life. "I had some nights where I said man I should have stayed it wasn't worth it, but I mean overall I think I did get a lot better I got a lot more opportunities to see a lot of stuff, so all in all I made the right decision."

The decision he's referring to came when Turner decided to leave Sparkman after his sophomore season, and enroll in a Florida prep school. Lamonte spent one year at Arlington Country Day before again transferring to IMG Academy in Jacksonville. A long process that helped teach a valuable lesson, and shape his latest decision to sign with the University of Tennessee.

"It really came down to being close to home. The last few years I've been in Florida, 9 hours away from my family. I knew for college I wanted to be a little closer. Coach Rick Barnes got to Tennessee and he's a really good coach so that kind of sold me right there."

Turner knew he was making the right decision after a short trip to Knoxville. "The fan base is crazy, when I got up there people had posters with my name on it. It sold me, I just felt like home when I was up there."

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