Andre Edwards Commits to ETSU

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Tonight ETSU basketball recruit, Andre Edwards, confirmed his commitment to ETSU making him the 5th signee of the 2017-2018 recruiting class. Andre Edwards, is a 6’6″ 210lbs swingman from Compton, CA. via Lee (JUCO) College in Baytown, Tx.

Edwards averaged 10.9 pts, 5 reb and 3 assists per game for Lee College, while shooting 40% from the field and 24% from the 3-point line. Coming out of High School Andre was ranked the 33rd best player out of California by ESPN for the 2013 class. Edwards is a versatile SF that was in very high demand coming out of JUCO. Some of the highlights at the bottom of the post remind me of fellow Buccaneer, David Burrell.

Andre Edwards will join fellow ETSU newcomers, Mladen Armus, Bo Hodges, Jeromy Rodriguez, and James Harrison as part of the 2017-2018 recruiting class. There are still a couple of scholarships left to fill for the Bucs.

ETSU Hoops will continue to monitor recruiting activity throughout the off-season and will report on any signings or commitments as they happen.

Twitter post confirming his commitment:

Some highlights of Andre Edwards while at Lee College:

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Bucs Sign Mladen Armus – 6’10 F/C

Mladen Armus

This morning ETSU basketball signed, 6’10 230lbs Mladen Armus, which marks the 4th signing of the 2017-2018 recruiting class. Armus, who comes to ETSU from Serbia, spent his HS career at Southwest Christian Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he helped win an NACA National Championship and was named MVP of the tournament. SW Christian Academy finished 36-3 for the year. While at SW Christian Academy Mladen averaged 16.3 points and 12.8 rebounds, while shooting 60 percent from the field and 73 percent at the free throw line.

Before attending Southwest Christian Academy Armus played for the KK Paritzan Junior Team in Serbia. In 2014, Armus helped guide Serbia to a Bronze medal in the U17 World Championship in Dubai, while he has been invited to play in the U20 European Championship this summer.

In addition to ETSU, Armus also received heavy interest and offers from Arkansas, St. Louis, South Florida, St. Bonaventure, Fresno State, Washington, Washington State, Creighton and Arkansas Little Rock.

At 6’10 Mladen Armus will fill a big hole at the center position for the upcoming season after ETSU lost both Tevin Glass and Hanner Mosquera-Perea to graduation.

Mladen Armus will join fellow ETSU newcomers Bo Hodges, Jeromy Rodriguez, and James Harrison as part of the 2017-2018 recruiting class. There are still two scholarships left to fill for the Bucs.

ETSU Hoops will continue to monitor recruiting activity throughout the off-season and will report on any signings or commitments as they happen.

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Jeromy Rodriguez commits to ETSU – 6’7 PF

Jeromy Rodriguez

ETSU has confirmed the commitment of their 2nd player for the 2017-2018 season and it’s 6’7 225lbs JUCO PF Jeromy Rodriguez out of Northwest Florida State. Rodriguez was a double double machine this year for NWF. Averaging 14.7 pts and 9.7 rebounds a game and shooting an efficient 64.3% from the field. Rodriguez recorded an impressive 15 double doubles this year. Rodriguez will look to fill the void in the middle for the Bucs after the graduation of Tevin Glass and Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

In addition to ETSU, Rodriguez had offers from Wichita State, Portland and St. Bonaventure. According to JucoRecruiting.com he also had interest from Iowa State, East Carolina, Houston and Pitt. Additionally JucoRecruiting rated Rodriguez as the 16th best JUCO basketball player for 2017.

Assistant Northwest Florida State basketball coach, Rory Kuhn, had this to say about Rodriguez: “Jeromy has a high motor and gives relentless effort, he is one of the hardest working and hardest playing bigs in the country.”

Rodriguez will join Bo Hodges (class AA Mr. Basketball in Tennessee) in the 2017-2018 signing class. Forbes and the ETSU basketball coaching staff still have a busy spring ahead of them as they look to fill the remaining four scholarships.

Tweet below confirming the commitment of Jeromy Rodriguez

Highlights from Rodriguez during his HS days at Pope John XXIII Regional High School

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Jason Williams, 2016 class, commits to ETSU

Jason Williams

Earlier today via twitter we learned that Jason Williams, a 5’11 PG from Detroit Michigan has committed to play basketball at ETSU. Williams is the second recruit from the 2016 class to sign with ETSU, Aaron Augustin is the other 2016 recruit who signed earlier this month.

As a junior Jason Williams averaged 26 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds for Allen Academy. He has already recorded over 1,000 points and 300 assists in three years at Allen Academy, he additionally scored over 40 points in three games this season. Williams is said to be blessed with superb speed, agility, and athleticism for a sub six-foot guard.

Williams reportedly had strong performances at the Under Armour Invitational and Las Vegas Fab 48 where he caught the eye of several college coaches. Arkansas State and North Carolina A&T offered on spot in Vegas and ETSU offered a few weeks later.

Welcome to ETSU Jason!

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Aaron Augustin commits to ETSU

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ETSU Hoops has just learned tonight that Aaron Augustin a 5-11 PG from Suwanee, GA has committed to ETSU, making him the first early commitment for the 2016-2017 season.

Aaron Augustin averaged 16.6 PPG, 4.3 APG, and 2.3 steals for Peachtree Ridge High School this past season.

Augustin is currently ranked eighteenth on the HoopSeen 2016 Georgia rankings, and some consider him the best PG in Georgia. ESPN rated Augustin as a 3 star recruit and 35th best PG in the country from the 2016 class.

Aaron fills an essential need for ETSU since both Petey McClain and Ge’Lawn Guyn (ETSU’s only PG’s) will graduate this coming season.

Aaron Augustin talked with Hoopseen about his decision to go to ETSU.

“I just believe in Coach Forbes’ vision for the program. They have some big time players there this year and most of them will be returning,” Augustin told HoopSeen.

“I just felt like Coach Forbes has a history with point guards. At Wichita State he helped mold Fred Van Vleet, who he says I remind him a lot of. He also coached Acie Law at Texas A&M and Chris Lofton at Tennessee,” Augustin said. “He has a background of winning, and that’s what I’m about.”

In addition to ETSU Augustin also had offers from Middle Tennessee, Mercer, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Furman, Towson, Chattanooga High Point and Tennessee Tech.

Welcome to ETSU Aaron!!

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Aaron Augustin, a 2016 recruit, to visit ETSU

Aaron Augustin

Aaron Augustin a 5’11 PG from Suwanee, GA. will reportedly visit ETSU on Thursday according to Hoopseen. According to the Hoopseen article, Augustin took an unofficial visit to Tennessee Tech on August 21st but ETSU will be his first official visit.

Augustin, a 2016 recruit, emerged this summer on the AAU scene and has garnered multiple mid-major offers, two of which come from SOCON rivals UTC & Mercer. The 5’11” PG from Duluth, GA is said to be a heady, pass-first PG who knows how to run the row. His court vision is excellent and he is superb when finding teammates in transition. He also is a good shooter from the outside and knows when to take it upon himself to score the basketball.

Below is a scouting report on Augustin from BrandonClayScouting.com

Augustin is everything that you would want out of a point guard. He is skilled and balances creating for himself and for others at the right amount. He changes directions and speeds with the ball that allow him to create space at proper times. He showed a terrific pull-up jumper on the break from beyond the arc, while he also got into the lane and finished around bigger players. He shows a willingness to defend and defend with energy. He was vocal on the floor, which got his team into their proper spots. Although listed at 6 feet tall, I question if he actually closer to 5-10. Ultimately his ability to get the most out of his physical abilities will tell how productive he will be at the next level.

Some highlight videos of Aaron Augustin

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A recap of the 2015-2016 basketball recruiting class

With the signing of Deuce Bello yesterday, Steve Forbes and the rest of the coaching staff have completed the roster for the 2015-2016 season.

Here is a quick recap of the players that Steve Forbes and the rest of the coaching staff have signed since April.

T.J. Cromer

TJ-CromerT.J. Cromer is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound shooting guard from Albany, Georgia that averaged 20 points per game last season for Columbia State. He connected on 107 3-pointers and shot 46 percent from the three-point line. Cromer helped lead his Columbia State team to a 26-7 overall record in 2014-15. He was also named third team JUCO All-America and first team All-Region honors last year.

Nigel Holley

Nigel-HolleyNigel Holley is a a 6’8″, 220lbs PF from Wilmington. Holley comes to ETSU from Vincennes University where he averaged 3.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, Vincennes University is ranked as #1 juco program in country. Coming out of high school Holley averaged 15 points, 10 boards and two blocks per game for New Hanover High School in Wilmington, NC.

Shemar Johnson

Shemar-JohnsonShemar Johnson is a 6’6, 180lbs SG from Columbus, Miss. He averaged 16.3 ppg & 4.6 rpg, & 1.0 spg at Columbus HS. Johnson is a lefty shooting guard with some very long arms that can handle the ball well enough to play point as well. Being very athletic, he played well above the rim catching several lob passes through the backdoor. One of his favorite moves was his quick first step to the basket and then pull-up from about 10 to 12 feet. In addition to ETSU he also had offers from Murray State, Southern Illinois and Tennessee Tech.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea

Hanner-Mosquera-PereaHanner Mosquera-Perea is a 6’9 225lbs PF from Istmina, Colombia. Perea has spent the last three seasons at Indiana University where he played 20 minutes a game and averaged 6.5 ppg & 4.3 rpg and led the Hoosiers in blocked shots. He was a top 50 player out of high school and might be considered one of the most highly touted recruits to ever play at ETSU. Hanner will have to sit out this season but will be available in 2016-2017.

Ge’Lawn Guyn

GeLawn-GuynGe’Lawn Guyn is a 6’2 185lbs PG from Lexington, KY. Guyn has spent the last three seasons at Cincinnati University where he averaged 2.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg and 1.0 apg. He started all 34 games for Cincinnati as a junior and is eligible immediately at ETSU since he has graduated from Cincinnati. He is an experienced, strong guard and known as an impressive defender.

Abednego “Bennie” Lufile

Abednego-LufileAbednego Lufile is a 6-foot-7, 240-pound forward from Burlington, Canada. He averaged 12.3 points and 8.6 rebounds at Sheridan Junior College in Wyoming. His brother Chadrack played for Forbes at Wichita State. He was rated as the 16th best player in Canada coming out of high school.

Tevin Glass

Tevin-GlassTevin Glass is a 6’8 195lbs forward from Norcross, GA. Glass comes to ETSU from Wichita State where he averaged 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds in limited playing time. He appeared in 19 games. Before Wichita State Glass played for Coach Forbes at Northwest Florida State College, where he averaged 12.0 points and 5.8 rebounds as a sophomore. Glass has to sit out this season but won’t count against the school’s scholarship total this year. He’s reportedly paying his own way until a scholarship becomes available next season.

Toriano Stokes

Toriano-StokesToriano Stokes is a 6’8 230lbs center from Memphis, Tennessee. He averaged 16 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks a game last season for Memphis Westwood High School. He reportedly had a dunk in every game and had six in one. Stokes was a finalist for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. He was listed as the 12th-best recruit coming out of Memphis. With a 7’1″ wingspan and a 9’4″ standing reach Stokes will immediately add size and athleticism to the Bucs’ front court.

Deuce Bello

Deuce-BelloDeuce Bello is a 6’4 198lbs SG from Greensboro, NC. Bello starred at Westchester Country Day School in High Point, North Carolina, was a top 50 player out of high school and considered one of the top athletes in his class. He spent two seasons at Baylor University before transferring to University of Missouri where he averaged 1.8 ppg in limited playing time. He is expected to bring a tremendous amount of athleticism to ETSU.

The new commits will join Peter Jurkin (red-shirted last season) Petey McClain, Lester Wilson, A.J. Merriweather, Isaac Banks and Desonta Bradford.

While the roster for the upcoming season is complete we will continue to closely follow recruiting for the 2016-2017 season.

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Deuce Bello to play his senior season at ETSU

Deuce Bello

Former Missouri Tiger Deuce Bello will play his final season at ETSU. While there has been no official press release published yet, a series of tweets from Deuce Bello confirms his commitment to ETSU.

EDIT: ETSU released the official press release last night confirming both Deuce Bello’s and Tevin Glass’ commitment to ETSU. Read it here.

Bello was a top 50 player out of high school and considered one of the top athletes in his class. He originally committed to Baylor where he played for two seasons and then transferred to Missouri for his Junior season.

Bello will be eligible immediately as he graduated from Missouri this past spring.

Deuce Bello completes a very impressive recruiting class for the 2015-2016 season. He joins Cincinnati transfer Ge’Lawn Guyn (Lexington, Ky.), Wichita State transfer Tevin Glass (Norcross, GA), Indiana transfer center Peter Jurkin (Juba, South Sudan) and forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (Istmina, Columbia), as well as junior college transfers T.J. Cromer (Albany, Ga.), Nigel Holley (Wilmington, N.C.) and Abednego “Bennie” Lufile (Burlington, Ontario, Canada), prep signee’s Shemar Johnson (Columbus, Miss.) and Toriano Stokes (Memphis, TN.) as members of the Buccaneers’ 2015-16 recruiting class.

Below are two videos from Deuce Bello’s high school career exhibiting his impressive athleticism.

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