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Puckett signs with Pikeville College




Chris Puckett watched as Pikeville College men's basketball coach Kelly Wells added his signature to a scholarship offer. Misty Sexton, left, and JHS basketball coach Brian Johnson are also pictured. (Photo by Chris Anderson)

Chris Puckett watched as Pikeville College men’s basketball coach Kelly Wells added his signature to a scholarship offer. Misty Sexton, left, and JHS basketball coach Brian Johnson are also pictured. (Photo by Chris Anderson)

Chris Puckett, a 6-1 senior guard from Jenkins High School, has signed a scholarship agreement with Pikeville College.

“He’s gonna be a great asset to us as a combo guard,” said Pikeville head coach Kelly Wells. “He shoots the ball really well and I’m a coach that likes guys that can shoot, and he certainly can do that.”

Puckett averaged 17 points, five rebounds and three steals a game for the Cavaliers and Coach Brian Johnson, a member of the Pikeville College Athletics Hall of Fame.

In addition, Puckett, who scored more than 1,500 points at Jenkins, hit 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line.

“Chris is an outstanding young man and athlete,” Johnson said. “The things he has accomplished on the court has been done many times facing double- and triple-teams as well as several junk defenses. He is an outstanding young man and a pleasure to coach.”

During a recent ceremony at Jenkins to mark the signing, Puckett became emotional while thanking those who have helped him along the way.

“What can I say about this one here?” he said referring to his mother, Misty Sexton, who was sitting beside him. “Words can’t describe what she’s done for me all these years. We’ve been on our own for most of our lives, me and my sister and my mom, and anything I need she’s always there for me and I can always depend on her.”

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