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UMass men’s basketball lands suburban Memphis shooting guard Demetrius Dyson

The University of Massachusetts men’s basketball coaching staff’s connections in Tennessee paid off Wednesday when the Minutemen received a verbal commitment from Demetrius Dyson, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from the Memphis suburb of Brighton.

Dyson originally committed to Lipscomb. Since withdrawing that commitment, he received interest from Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Memphis, La Salle, Western Kentucky and Tennessee. Dyson took an unofficial visit to UMass in October.

Dyson, who averaged 23.8 points and 10.4 rebounds as a senior at Covington (Tenn.) High School, is expected to qualify academically and will enroll at UMass for the summer session, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

He will be one of five newcomers on the Minuteman roster. In addition to Western Kentucky transfer Derrick Gordon, Dyson will be one of four freshmen along with Seattle native Seth Berger and Texans Zach Coleman and Clyde Santee.

Dyson has a reputation as a strong outside shooter, an area of need for the Minutemen, who’ll need to replace Freddie Riley and Jesse Morgan.

He’ll join a backcourt with senior Chaz Williams, and sophomores Trey Davis and Gordon.

Dyson is a cousin of former Memphis standout Rodney Carney, who played with the Tigers when UMass coach Derek Kellogg was an assistant there. UMass assistant Shyrone Chatman was a teammate of Carney’s at Memphis.

NCAA rules prohibit Kellogg from commenting on Dyson until he signs a national letter of intent. The spring signing period runs until May 15. Dyson is expected to sign shortly.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage.

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