(DCC Athletics release)
GLENDIVE – Tate Savoie signed his Letter of Intent to become a Blue Mountain College Topper. Savoie is a 6’0 guard from Lake Charles, Louisiana who has played for the DCC Buccaneers the past two seasons. As a sophomore, he started 31 of their 32 games and averaged 8.4 points per game. He was the Buccaneers 4th leading scorer and helped lead them to a 24-8 record and a birth in the Regional Championship Game. He averaged 22 minutes per game and shot 41% from the field and 77% from the free throw line.
Dawson Coach Joe Peterson praised the Rajun Cajun, “Tate is the kind of young man every coach wants in his program. He always works hard, does whatever you ask and is a great teammate. This past year he has been our defensive stopper, always guarding the opposing team’s best wing player. He comes up with every loose ball and runs the floor hard. He is one of the more athletic players I have coached with his strength and hops. I look forward to seeing how much he will contribute to their program.”
Blue Mountain College is an NAIA Division I program located in the rolling hills of North Mississippi in the town of Blue Mountain which gets its name from the bluish tins of the hills. Their Head Coach Jermael Bingham is a former Topper who is now in his 7th season at BMC, which is also where current DCC assistant coach Emmanuel Bland started his college career. They compete in the Southern States Athletic Conference which is one of the top leagues in the nation. In the 2016-2017 season, the Toppers beat 2 NCAA D1 teams.
Savoie was pleased to make the decision and get much closer to home to finish out his education and college basketball career, “I’m excited for a new journey. It’s a good school and basketball program, and it will be nice to be closer to family.” He also added, “I’m thankful for all of the memories and the friendships I made at Dawson.”
Savoie is the 5th player from the Buccaneers basketball team to sign and move on to a four-year school.