During last basketball season Brighton senior DeMiyah Gatlin had a scholarship offer in hand from Jackson State Community College.

She went to watch them play a game one night and they happened to be playing Southwest Tennessee Community College. Gatlin struck up a conversation with the Southwest coach after the game, one thing led to another and she decided to go with the school in Memphis.

On Friday afternoon about a dozen family members gathered at Brighton High School to celebrate Gatlin’s signing.


“I think it’s special,” Gatlin said about the event. “It makes me feel good that everybody took some time out of their day to be here because they didn’t have to do that.”

It was a strange senior season for Gatlin. She projected to the be the team’s leading scorer and top defender before the season started, but she injured her knee in the first game of the season and had to sit out until the postseason.

“All that was taken from her,” said Stan Gatlin, DeMiyah’s father and Brighton’s head coach. “Today is special, though. When I first started teaching her how to shoot the ball, I told her she had the potential to be really good if she gave it the attention and dedicated herself.”

Brighton senior DeMiyah Gatlin signs a basketball scholarship with Southwest Tennessee Community College. Also pictured are, from left, front, Demeka Gatlin, mother; Stan Gatlin, father and coach; back, Taelyr Gatlin, brother; and DeMaryo Gatlin, brother. Photo by Jeff Ireland
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