Introducing DJ Estes (2019)


Posted On: 08/18/18 2:07 PM

A strong AAU season from Fairview senior guard D.J. Estes is starting to pay off.

He ran with the Tennessee Panthers AAU program. 

“I got a lot more attention than before I was playing with them,” said Estes.  “The Citadel.  They are talking to me.  I am going to a camp this weekend at Henderson State University (Arkansas).  Quinnipiac University is looking at me.”

The Citadel and Quinnipiac are the epitome of low major.  Interest from those programs solidifies D.J. Estes as a fringe DI/DII hooper.

“I went to Young Harris camp and Francis Marion this past weekend,” shared Estes.  “We are trying to schedule a visit with The Citadel.”

The Citadel generally recruits from a large footprint.  As a military academy it takes a unique prospect to fulfill all the duties required of a student-athlete.  D.J. Estes is certainly intrigued.

“They like my shooting and they like my defense. They really like my shooting mostly.”

The Citadel Head Coach Duggar Baucom has one connection to the state of Tennessee.

His head coaching career began at Tusculum, where he posted a 37-19 overall record. Baucom was responsible for guiding the Pioneers to their first South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Tournament championship and automatic berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament (2004-05). In his first season at the helm, Baucom led Tusculum to a 19-8 overall record, including a 10-4 mark in conference action, and earned the conference’s Coach of the Year honor.

By adding D.J. Estes Coach Baucom would add another connection to The Volunteer State.

With Fairview High, D.J. Estes will frankly have to draw in coaches to watch his games.  It is fantastic that his AAU play did just that as those programs are likely to track him throughout the winter.

D.J. does not have a timeline for his college decision.  He would like to take several more campus visits.

“Belmont,” said Estes.  “I know I would love to go see Belmont.  Other D1 schools around the area.  I have been to DII schools.  i would like to see what D1 is like.” 

The 5-foot-11 shooting guard will line up visits to The Citadel soon.  If his film impresses he could attract new DI and DII interest in the coming months.  September is a wonderful time to get college coaches in for evaluations.

D.J. Estes does not have any distance restrictions though he does want to attend college on this side of the United States. 

The next month will be building off of Estes’ first offer.