2018 Recruiting Updates: Carlos Curtis – Daivien Williamson – D’Andre Bernard

Carlos Curtis

It’s been a few months since I last provided a recruiting update for 2018. Since the last update ETSU basketball has signed three exciting recruits for next season. Those recruits are Carlos Curtis, Daivien Williamson and D’Andre Bernard. All three are impressive recruits for the program and should play a big role next season when ETSU loses six key seniors. I’ve included a brief summary on each recruit below.

Carlos Curtis

Curtis, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound guard out of Riverside University High School, he averaged 19.0 points and 6.4 assists as a junior. The 2016-17 Milwaukee City Conference first-team, all-league selection is a nominee for 2018 Mr. Basketball in the state of Wisconsin and the preseason player of the year in his league. Curtis is a 3 star recruit and according to ESPN Recruiting ranked 4th in Wisconsin 44th overall in his position.

Curtis has been putting up impressive numbers so far in his senior season including posting two triple doubles. He went for 40 points 28 rebounds and 10 assists in a win last month.

Curtis also had other mid-major offers from Milwaukee, Wright State, Green Bay, Drake and Cleveland State.

Daivien Williamson

Williamson is a 6’2″ combo guard has a flashy style of play with impressive speed in the open floor. He averaged 16.3 points per game as a junior at Winston-Salem Prep. Like fellow recruit Carlos Curtis, Williamson has had a strong start to his senior season as well. Over the holidays Williamson was named MVP of the Frank Spencer basketball tournament and finished with 20 points for Winston Salem Prep in a win over East Forsyth HS to claim Frank Spencer title.

Williamson also had offers from UNC-Wilmington, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, UNC Greensboro, App State, Wofford, James Madison and Hampton.

D’Andre Bernard

Bernard, a 6-foot-8, 185-pound junior college forward from Ontario, Canada. Bernard began his career at division I North Florida but decided to transfer to JUCO after a redshirt season at UNF. Bernard ended up at Georgia Highlands Junior College. Through ten games this year, Bernard is averaging 10.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and shooting 55% from the field and 41% from the 3-point line.

In addition to ETSU, Bernard had offers from Illinois-Chicago, Eastern Michigan, Chattanooga, Tennessee State, Robert Morris and a number of other mid-major schools. Bernard is expected to provide a lot of athleticism, someone who can defend multiple positions and good shooting. Similar to current Buc David Burrell, Bernard should be able to step in and contribute right away next season.

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Patrick Good coming home to ETSU

patrick good

It was announced this morning that former David Crockett basketball star and Appalachian State player, Patrick Good, will be returning to his home in Johnson City to play for ETSU.

As a 6-foot, 162-pound freshman at Appalachian State Good averaged 22 minutes in 29 games. He finished with 7.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game, while shooting 41.7 percent from the floor and 41 percent from three. Good scored 21 points and shot 5-7 from the 3-point line against Tennessee back in November. He also hit seven 3-pointers in a game against Texas-Arlington later in the season.

“I love the city that I grew up in and I am thrilled with the opportunity,” Good told The Johnson City News & Neighbor. “I know a lot of people support me and love ETSU. So if you put those two things together, we may be able to have something special.”

Good also said he attended the ETSU vs UT basketball game in December and loved seeing the enthusiasm from the ETSU crowd in Freedom Hall. He is looking forward to being part of that enthusiasm for the rest of his college career.

Good would have to sit out the 2017-18 season per NCAA transfer rules but will have 3 years of eligibility left.

Patrick Good will join fellow ETSU newcomers, Kendrick Gray, Andre Edwards, Mladen Armus, Bo Hodges, Jeromy Rodriguez, and James Harrison as part of the 2017-2018 recruiting class.

Welcome home Patrick!

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Andre Edwards Commits to ETSU

andre edwards

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

aaron-augustin

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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