South Point’s Fox commits to walk on at Shawnee State
SOUTH POINT — Tayshaun Fox’s basketball career got a reprieve as the South Point Pointers senior guard committed to walk on to Shawnee State’s men’s team for the 2019-20 season.
Fox signed his letter of commitment with teammates, family, South Point head coach Travis Wise and Shawnee State head coach Delano Thomas in attendance Wednesday in the auditorium of South Point High School.
Though the talented sharpshooter will redshirt his first year, it’s a break for Fox that seemed in doubt not too long ago.
Fox suffered a season-ending tear to his anterior cruciate ligament in his right leg with four games remaining in his junior season. Then tore the same ligament again in the season opener this past December, costing him his entire senior season.
“I had thoughts that basketball wasn’t in my future after I’d put so much into it,” Fox said.
Wise too said he didn’t think his senior guard would get a chance to play again.
Fox and Wise then had conversations with the Shawnee State coaching staff beginning in January during a road game at Ironton. Fox’s hopes of a future in basketball rose again.
Fox underwent a second surgery in March and is now in the “beginning stages of rehab,” Fox said.
“I’m going on academics, but then (Shawnee State coaches) said depending on how well I do I could get a scholarship,” Fox said.
Wise said he thinks Fox has “a lot of basketball left in him.”
“I think going to Shawnee State is going to be a good fit for him,” the Pointers coach said.
Thomas said with Fox’s commitment that he’s now in the “family” and with that the Bears will be overseeing the conditioning and rehabilitation of its incoming freshman every day.
Fox has been attending open gym sessions on the campus where he’s been able to become acquainted with the Shawnee State players and the workouts they endure. Additionally, he has gotten to know Thomas and the rest of the Bears coaches.
Although the redshirt season means many of the players on the team now will have moved on by the time he’s ready, Fox said Shawnee State was still the only school he was going to attend and still liked the system.
“They’ve remodeled they’re weight room and are still remodeling down there,” Fox said. “They’ve really got nice facilities.”
Thomas, in his second year at the helm of the Bears, is coming off a 14-16 season and a 5-9 mark in the NAIA Mid-South Conference. Shawnee State is a full member of that conference that also features such schools as Campbellsville University, Cumberland University, Georgetown College, Life University, Lindsey Wilson College, University of Pikeville and University of the Cumberlands.