Fulton High School retires former Blue Raider's jersey

James Gallman honored by high school Friday

January 25, 2014 · @MTAthletics

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Former Middle Tennessee men's basketball player James Gallman was honored Friday night at Fulton High School as his alma mater retired his high school jersey.

Gallman was a member of MT's squad that made an NCAA Tournament appearance in the 2013 First Four, playing under head coach Kermit Davis from 2009-13. Prior to his days as a Blue Raider, the 5-11 guard led the Fulton High School Falcons. His number 34 jersey was retired at the Fulton boys' basketball game against visiting Alcoa High School.

"James' accomplishments speak for themselves," said Fulton head coach Jody Wright. "He's a highly decorated player, winning multiple accolades and state championships. He's everything I want our program to stand for. We've only done this one other time in the history of our program and that was for someone who went on to be an All-American in the early 1970s. We're proud of what he did at Middle Tennessee, earning his degree in four years is a great accomplishment. Coach Davis has nothing but great things to say about James and we're proud of the way he represented us at Middle Tennessee. It's great to be able to send a kid off like that. We're proud of his accomplishments at Fulton High School, but we're equally proud of what he did in Murfreesboro as well."

He led Fulton to Tennessee Class AA State Championship titles in 2008 and 2009 and was named to the State Championship All-Tournament teams both years. Gallman was a four-time All-District selection and earned All-Region honors three of his four years. He was the Knoxville News-Sentinel Sophomore of the Year and was named News-Sentinel Player of the Year after this junior campaign. Gallman scored over 1,600 career points as a Falcon.

"What a well-deserved honor for James Gallman," Davis said. "In the last six years, James has been a part of two state titles, three conference championships and three postseason appearances. James has a tremendous work ethic, great unselfish attitude and has impacted winning at every level. Two things James has always had going for him are two fantastic parents and a terrific high school coach. Congratulations to James from the Blue Raider family!"

Gallman averaged 5.8 points per game in his career as a Blue Raider. He tallied a career-high 24 points at Evansville Dec. 18, 2010 during his sophomore season. As a senior, he averaged 4.1 points a contest and tallied a season-best 15 points against Alabama State Nov. 9, 2012.

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