Corey Tillery thought his college basketball recruiting was over. He had settled comfortably into a starting role at Armstrong State in Savannah, where he was a second team all-conference selection.
But then in January, the Georgia Board of Regents announced that a recommendation to consolidate the school with Georgia Southern University.
Those plans are going through, which left Tillery and his teammates without a home.
“I was looking forward to the next three years at Armstrong State,” he said on Thursday afternoon. “I really loved it there. I was definitely comfortable where I was, and looking to finish my career there.”
Because of the season that Tillery had in his redshirt freshman year, he is being recruited by about 50 colleges, including eight Div. I programs. It was an opportunity that he didn’t get coming out of Douglas County in 2015.
“Yeah, there were a lot of schools that passed on me,” Tillery said. “Everything happens for a reason. There are more opportunities that has opened up for me.”
Tillery has a notebook with all his offers and notes his is keeping about the recruiting process. He says it has been harder this time around than two years ago.
“There is a lot less time now,” he said. “I want to make my decision in April. I think I deserve the opportunity that I’m getting because I’ve put in a lot of work. I think I proved that I can play at a high level.”
The 6-0 guard was named the Peach Belt Conference Freshman of the Year, was also a second team all-conference selection.
He averaged 18.4 points per game to lead the Pirates, which jumped to 21 points against league competition. He led the league with 97 made 3 pointers, which set a new Armstrong State single-season record.
“It was definitely a surprising season for me, but I put in a tremendous amount of work,” he said.
Because the Armstrong State program is shutting down, Tillery will eligible to play next season.
“Corey has a lot of opportunities and he has worked hard,” said Douglas County coach Hollis Bethea, who is helping with the process. “I look forward to him playing college basketball next season. It is a process we are going through, but it will work out for him and his family.”