Signing up

Handley senior Trae Dunson, flanked by his brother Tae and mother Tyronica Dunson, signs a scholarship to play basketball for Meridian (Miss.) Community College. Handley coach Clifton Drummonds stands behind them. 

Trae Dunson, a starter for the Handley High School varsity boys’ basketball team for three years, will soar with the “Eagles” at Meridian Community College in Lauderdale, Miss., next fall. Trae has had an excellent career at Handley, and his senior year stats will go down in the record books. Trae averaged 20.6 points per game, and his total of 660 total points for this season ranks him as the 3rd overall scorer this year among all players in the state.

His list of accomplishments is a testament to his dedication and ability to play basketball. He was selected as 2nd team All-State and garnered Central Regional Tournament MVP, the Anniston Star All Area Player of the Year, and The Randolph Leader Player of the Year honors. Trae will be coached by former MCC and LaFayette High School stand out Cedric Drake.

Dunson has been looking forward to his move to Lauderdale because it will offer him the chance to create a “legacy that no one else has reached” which, as he says, has been a “lifetime goal.” When asked about his career, Dunson said, “Playing for Handley has been the best experience, not only playing for Drummonds, who is an inspiration, but my teammates-- I could not be here without them.” Of Dunson, Drummonds says, “I am so proud of Trae, especially the fact that he will continue his education while playing the game he loves.”

Dunson’s basketball history is not only tied to the Tigers. He has also played for a summer travel league team since he was 11 and playing other teams with 14 year olds. Dunson says, “That made all the difference. Many of us have been playing together during the regular season and the summer since we were kids.” Dunson adds, “I have had support from the entire community and from the Handley Family. I want to prove to all of them that everything that everyone has done for me will not be a waste. I will succeed and make my hometown proud!”   

Dunson’s future at Meridian Community College in Lauderdale, Miss., is bright and exciting, not only for him, but for the Handley Family.

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