May 1, 2019
MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Cameron Gwyn, a senior at Chestatee High School in Gainesville, Ga., has committed to continue his academic and basketball careers at Maryville College.
Gwyn, a 6-foot-2 guard, is a sharpshooter from beyond the arc. He left Chestatee as the all-time leader in made 3-pointers with 281 for his career, as well as the single-game record for made 3-pointers with 10. As a senior, he averaged 20 points and 5 rebounds per game, shooting 46% from the field and 40% from the 3-point stripe. In his sophomore and junior seasons, Gwyn earned All-Region honors for his play. He was named Region 7-AAAA Co-Player of the Year in 2018-19, also earning Class-AAAA All-State Team recognition.
"Cam was the Co-Region player of the year in Region 7-AAAA," Head Coach Raul Placeres said. "His ability to shoot the basketball instantly attracted me to him. His work ethic, preparation, and efficiency are things that will translate to the next level. We are looking forward to seeing Cam improve each and every year on his overall game. He is an outstanding young man with great core values."
Gwyn is the son of AJ and Jennifer Gwyn.
He joins a Maryville College program that captured their second consecutive USA South Athletic Conference league tournament championship during the 2018-19 campaign. The Scots earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the 20th time in school history and put together a winning season for the 28th time in the last 29 seasons. Coach Placeres will take the sideline as the head coach of the Scots for the first time in the 2019-20 season. He replaces Randy Lambert, who retired following the 2018-19 season after 39 years as head coach.
Placeres moves into the head coaching role after eight seasons as an assistant coach on Coach Lambert's staff. He was also a standout point guard for the Scots from 2003-05, starting 56 games in his two-year career. Placeres also led his squad to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including taking the Scots to their last Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2003-04. He also holds the single-game record for assists, dishing out 17 in a win over Oglethorpe.
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 2018 semester was 1,154.