Bucs sign Jalen Riley a juco All-American

Jalen Riley

According to the Racine City Journal Times ETSU has signed Jalen Riley, a 6-1 guard out of Sauk Valley Community College. Riley began his collegiate career at the College of Lake County before moving on to Sauk Valley Community College, where he earned National Junior College Athletic Association All-American honors

In one season with Sauk Valley Community College, Jalen Riley averaged 19.3 ppg (42% fg, 40% 3-pt., 71%ft), 3.1 rpg, 2.3 apg. See more of his stats here.

“We’re really excited about getting Jalen,” said East Tennessee State coach Murry Bartow, the son of former UCLA coach Gene Bartow. “Jalen has some versatility to his game. He can score and he can do it from either guard spot.”

“We don’t make any promises or guarantees (to a recruit), but we never recruit a junior college player unless we think he can come in and play and be part of the rotation,” Bartow said. “We’re looking forward to Jalen helping us a lot.” – From The Journal Times

Riley, who also considered Ball State and Northern Illinois, among others, is expected to make an immediate impact for ETSU. The Bucs still another spot to fill this offseason.

Welcome to ETSU Jalen!

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Yunio Barrueta Transferring

Yunio Barrueta

According to the updated transfer list on CBS Sports, Yunio Barrueta will be transferring from ETSU after one season with the Bucs. This makes the second confirmed transfer of a freshmen this offseason and unlike the Petey McClain rumor from last week I can confirm that this one is happening.

Yunio averaged 2.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 25 games for ETSU this season and from what I understand he didn’t really care much for Johnson City. So this transfer does not really come to a surprise to me as Yunio was apparently never happy at ETSU. However, it still does not look good on Bartow who has lost two freshmen to transfers this offeseason and almost lost a 3rd but Petey decided to stay.

I am unsure where Yunio is going Yunio will be transferring to Barry University in Miami. Good luck to Yunio and hopefully we will find a solid recruit in the coming months to take his place.

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Petey McClain has decided to Stay

Petey McClain

On Thursday there were reports circulating around that Petey McClain had decided to transfer from ETSU. I am now hearing that Petey has decided to stay. He was 100% determined to leave until his parents told him they wanted him to stay at ETSU.

While this is certainly good news for the team I hope that McClain is happy with his decision. It is still disappointing to hear that Petey felt hand-cuffed all season. Bartow told him during the recruiting process he wanted a PG that could make plays for himself and others. However, once the season started he was told not to shoot – ever, unless it was a wide open lay-up then got criticized when teams stopped guarding him. That is not was he was told while he was being recruited. Hopefully now that Petey is staying coach Bartow will give him a little more freedom when playing.

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Petey McClain Transferring

Petey McClain

I’m hearing that Petey McClain is planning on transferring from ETSU to Northwest Florida JC. Apparently Petey told his former AAU coach of his intentions and said that he didn’t mesh well with Bartow’s coaching style and personality. The quote below is from someone who knows Petey personally and explains his reasoning for transferring.

He was supposedly told not to shoot the ball unless it was a lay-up early in the season then at the end of the year he was criticized for hurting the team due to opposing teams not guarding him in the half court offense. He told the coaches they weren’t guarding him because he was told not to shoot and if he knew he was going to be brought to ETSU to never shoot he would have signed somewhere else.

For what its worth Petey loves ETSU the school and city. He even likes the assistant coaches. He just didn’t fit with Coach Bartow and Bartow never went out of his way to actually teach Petey what he wanted from his PG. With Petey being a true freshman at such a critical position he probably needed more 1 on 1 coaching and personal attention than what was given to him.

This is very disappointing news to hear especially after losing Mario Stramaglia last week because of transferring as well. I felt that Petey had a lot of potential to be a good point guard at ETSU. It sounds as if the basketball woes at ETSU are going to continue and I feel that will be the case the longer Bartow sticks around.

I assume this opens up another recruiting spot for the Bucs and with it being this late in the recruiting season it might be hard to find two solid players to replace both Mario and Petey.

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Devin Harris, 6’4″ point guard, commits to ETSU, becomes the 3rd member of the 2013 signing class

Devin Harris

Welcome Devin Harris, the newest member of the 2013 signing class. Harris burst onto the recruiting scene in recent months with his leadership in his team’s state championship run. Although Harris’ versatility and size (6’4″) are his calling cards, he’s also reported to be a crafty point guard who can lead a team.  With sophomore Petey McClain as the Bucs’ lone point guard, Harris is a sorely needed commodity for next year’s squad. The highlights below showcase Harris’ size, skill, and smarts. Welcome Devin!




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Mario Stramaglia to Transfer

CBS Transfer List
Screenshot from the 2013 Transfer List on CBS Sports

According to the 2013 Transfer list on CBS, 6’1 Freshman SG Mario Stramaglia will be transferring from ETSU. Mario played only limited minutes this season for the Bucs but he did show good potential in some of those games. Mario played in 27 games while getting around 12 minutes per game and averaging 3.7 points and 0.7 assists for the Bucs during that time. Mario’s most productive game came against the eventual A-Sun champion Florida Gulf Coast Eagles where he scored 14 points in 22 minutes in an 85-75 win over FGCU in Johnson City.

Mario becomes another player on a long list of guys who have transfered under head coach Murry Bartow. This should open up another recruiting spot for the Bucs in the 2013-2014 season. I have not heard where Mario is planning on transferring to but good luck to him wherever he lands. CBS Transfer List

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Should Murry Bartow be fired?

Murry Bartow

After a 10-22 season, which is the most losses in school history, should coach Murry Bartow be fired? Please see the poll on the right side of the page to cast your vote.

The 22 losses are the most in school history. The 50 point loss to VCU is the worst home loss in school history. The 32 point home loss to USC-Upstate is the 3rd worst home loss in school history.

Feel free to state the reasons why you voted yes or no in the comment section below.

Me personally, I have been attending and watching ETSU basketball games since 1989 and this has to be the most difficult season I’ve seen, I think the time has come for a change.

What is your opinion?

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Highlights from Kennesaw State Win

2013-2014 Basketball Schedule

Here are some highlights from ETSU’s 79-70 win last night against Kennesaw State.

The Bucs won their second game in a row last night for the first time all season long behind John Walton’s career high of 23 points and 3 blocks and 22 points for Jarvis Jones. It was great to see John Walton have a breakout game for us but at the same time I’m still a little disappointed in Lester Wilson’s lack of playing time.

The Bucs next play on Saturday at 4PM against Mercer inside the dome. Hopefully the Bucs can make it three in a row!

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