February 12, 2024
By: Dwayne Page
The Tennessee General Assembly is poised to pay tribute to a DeKalb County High School basketball standout.
State Representative Michael Hale has introduced a House Joint Resolution to honor Conner Close of the DCHS boys basketball program for his entry to the prestigious 1,000-point club at the school.
The Senior Tiger scored his 1,000th high school career point against Smith County in Smithville on December 12, 2023.
The resolution states as follows:
“WHEREAS it is fitting that the members of this General Assembly should recognize those incredibly successful student athletes who have attained significant milestones in their careers; and
WHEREAS, Conner Close, a senior student and basketball player at DeKalb County High School (DCHS), is one such legendary athlete; and
WHEREAS Mr. Close scored his 1,000th career point for the DCHS Tigers in the school’s resounding win over Smith County High School in Smithville on December 12, 2023;
and WHEREAS, in the leadup to the game, Conner Close needed only five points to gain entry to the prestigious DCHS 1,000-point club; less than three minutes into the game, he had done it—scoring the first five points of the contest and etching his name forever in the annals of Tiger basketball history; and
WHEREAS the game was stopped momentarily with 5:42 left in the first period to mark the accomplishment; Coach Joey Agee presented Conner Close a 1,000th point game ball as fellow players, family, friends, and fans gave him a standing ovation; and
WHEREAS Mr. Close finished the night with 15 points and a total of 1,010 for his high school career as the Tigers defeated the Owls 66 to 56; and
WHEREAS, Conner Close has now claimed his rightful place among the most elite basketball players in DeKalb County High School history; and
WHEREAS Mr. Close exemplifies the spirit, determination, and perseverance for which Tennesseans are notable, and he is richly deserving of our approbation on this special occasion; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE HUNDRED THIRTEENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE SENATE CONCURRING, that we honor and congratulate Conner Close of DeKalb County High School on scoring his 1,000th point in varsity basketball and wish him all the best in his future endeavors, both on and off the court”.