Douglas County's Pirie picks Maryville Basketball

Douglas County's Pirie picks Maryville Basketball

Cullen Pirie, a senior at Douglas County High School, has committed to continue his education and collegiate basketball career at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn.

Pirie, a Castle Rock, Co. native, played his high school basketball under the direction of Head Coach Earl Boykins. During his tenure with the Huskies, this 6-foot-4, 175-pound wing has lead the squad to two-consecutive Divisional Playoffs – an achievement Douglas County High hadn't reached in six years.

Pirie played in 46 games for the Huskies, totaling 281 points. He had 180 career rebounds, including 71 offensive boards, while recording 40 assists and 35 steals. This talented wing shot 72 percent from the charity stripe, while being named the MaxPreps Player of the Game on three different occasions.

Pirie earned the MaxPreps honor against Thunder Ridge High School – Colorado's No. 1-ranked squad with a National Ranking of 32 – as well as Heritage High School. He scored his career high against Heritage with 21 points, while also garnering the Player of the Game accolade in 2016 against Highlands Ranch High.

"Cullen comes to us from a solid high school program," Maryville College Head Basketball Coach Randy Lambert said. "He is a promising athlete who is projected to play at either wing position. His basketball IQ is high, and his game will fit in our system."

Pirie is the son of Tammye and Gordon Pirie.

He joins a Maryville College program that has been led by Lambert for the past 37 seasons. With 679 career victories, Lambert is one of the most successful NCAA Division III coaches. He is currently ranked fourth in the country among active head coaches and ninth among all-time coaches for most victories. Backed by its consistency in winning and its up-tempo style of play, his program is considered one of the best in the nation.

Last season, the Scots won a share of the USA South Athletic Conference Regular Season Title, while rattling off their 18th 20-plus win season with a 20-7 record. Lambert led Spencer Shoffner to become the first USA South Player of the Year for the program in 2016, while guiding five Scots to All-American mentions during his tenure in Bobby Golden, Sidney Ellis, Eryk Watson, Greg Hernandez and Jaumonee Byrd. Lambert has led Maryville to 18 National Tournament appearances – 12 straight – including three Sweet 16 appearances and one Elite 8 showing in 1990-1991.

Lambert graduated from Maryville High School in 1972, before playing basketball at Maryville College. He was a four-year starter for the Scots, garnering numerous honors, including the 16th-leading scorer in the nation during his senior year. With 1,489 career points, he is currently listed as the sixth-leading scorer in MC basketball history.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester was 1,197.