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Science Hill point guard Love moving to Georgia

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Jul 25, 2018 at 8:12 PM

Jerriah Love, Science Hill's starting point guard last season, announced on Twitter Tuesday that he will be moving with his family to Georgia to play at Berkmar High School in suburban Atlanta.

Love averaged 10.3 points and 3.6 assists per game in his junior season, leading the Hilltoppers to a share of the Big Seven Conference title and the Region 1-AAA championship, where he was named the tournament MVP.

He thanked Johnson City and Science Hill on his twitter post, and conveyed it wasn't an easy decision to move with his father to Georgia.

"It was real tough," Love said. "My mom is here and all my friends that I grew up playing with.

I'm leaving my closest friends and my brothers who I've played with since elementary school. But, it's a better opportunity to be seen. The league they're in, a couple of the top 25 players in the country played in that league — so they are people always there to see you."

Obviously, the coaches at Science Hill were disappointed upon hearing the news — but also were supportive of Love, who endeared himself to them with his hard-nosed style of play. Science Hill coach Ken Cutlip praised Love for his contributions to the Hilltopper program.

"There's a lot more than basketball that goes into the decision," Cutlip said. "He has to do what is best for him and his family. Obviously, we're disappointed. He gave us everything the three years he's been here. We wish him the best. He's been a diehard ’Topper and we couldn't have asked for anything more from him as far as his work ethic and a commitment standpoint."

Love added: "My dad let Coach Cutlip know he was moving for a job a little back. Coach Cutlip told me he would support my decision and he would be there for me no matter what I chose. We always have had a good relationship and I appreciate him for that. This year was supposed to be a big year for us."

Last season was one to remember for Love and the Hilltoppers, who wrapped up a fourth straight Region 1-AAA championship by beating rival Dobyns-Bennett. They finished the year 25-9 with wins in 12 of their last 14 games.

"The season was fun, especially towards the end of the year," Love said. “I had a big role to play — pretty much the only junior who started — and we won a lot of games. To beat D-B in the regional championship, that was probably the best part of the year."

During the season, Cutlip praised Love as the team's emotional leader who brought toughness to the team. He said, "There's no fear in Jerriah.”

Love is proving that with a move to a Class 7A school — one with 3,000-plus students — that competes athletically in the largest classification in the state of Georgia.

"It will be a bigger stage and better competition," Love said. "It's just a good opportunity for my family and myself. I understand it's a big risk, but it's like my dad says — a big risk comes with big reward."

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