"I just felt like Middle Tennessee
stood out to me," Wortham says after listing off several other programs that were actively pursuing the 6-6, 208 pounder from McDonough, Ga.
In addition to the Blue Raiders, Kennesaw State, Southeast Missouri State, UCF
, UNC Charlotte
, UC Irvie and Presbyterian were all actively pursuing him. Luckily for the Blue Raiders, they had a surprising in with the talented guard.
"Coach Davis recruited my dad out of high school so my dad already kind of knew him so that gives him an upper hand because my dad already kind of knew him," Wortham says of his relationship with Davis. "It played a factor, but it wasn't my biggest factor. I wanted to be comfortable at a school and I wanted to go to a school where I feel like I could make an impact right away and losing six seniors, I felt like I could come in and help Middle Tennessee out a lot.
Wortham considers his versatility to be the best aspect of his game, which was likely a big factor in Middle Tennessee's pursuit of the rising senior. He has the ability to play the two, the size to play the three and the determination to play anywhere he could possibly help his team. That combination makes him a solid second addition to Middle Tennessee's 2013 class.
Wortham has dubbed himself a walking miracle after a frightening ordeal that caused a cardiac arrest and held him out of basketball for a while. The condition, known as commotio cordis, equates to a freak accident as Wortham explains.
"If you get hit in your chest at the right time, in the right spot when your heart is going at the right rhythm you can go into cardiac arrest and that's what happened to me," he explains. "When I first got into the hospital they didn't know what happened to me."
After a week in the hospital and no more answers, Wortham's father found a doctor in California who had experience with this sort of thing. After taking a trip out West, the condition was diagnosed and Wortham had a defibrillator put into his chest as a safety measure. Once he recovered from that procedure, he was ready to get back on the court.
"During the whole situation nobody was recruiting me. Middle Tennessee went from recruiting to they care about me," he explains. "They weren't trying to recruit me, they were just trying to make sure I was okay and that meant a lot to me."
Now that he's back to full strength, Wortham is ready to get his final season in high school rolling, stating that his goal is to improve his overall game prior to heading to Murfreesboro to start the next phase of his career.
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After taking Middle Tennessee basketball to new heights last season, head coach Kermit Davis is now applying that momentum on the recruiting trail. Earlier this week Davis received a commitment from highly touted Georgia prep star Eric Wortham, Jr. BlueRaiderZone caught up with Wortham to talk about his commitment.
Blue Raider basketball adds Ga. prep star
McDonough, Ga. native Eric Wortham opts for Middle Tennessee.