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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Nigel Holley commits to ETSU

Nigel-Holley

According to multiple sources, including Verbal Commits, Nigel Holley, a 6’8″, 220lbs PF from Wilmington, NC via Vincennes University, has committed to ETSU.

Nigel Holley is the second signing this off-season for ETSU. Like our first sign T.J. Cromer, Holley is also JUCO. Holley comes to ETSU from Vincennes University where he averaged 3.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg (more stats here). It’s also worth noting that 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. As a junior, Holley helped New Hanover High School win the 2012 North Carolina 4A State Championship.

Holley is a big smooth forward who looks like he will be physically ready to play at the division 1 collegiate level. He will be able to play the 4 spot effectively and should provide solid depth for the Bucs in the 2015-2016 season.

ESPN insider eval:
“Nigel is an inside guy who doesn’t have an identity crisis. His game is around the bucket where he has touch and feel. We’re extremely encouraged by his ability to corral rebounds and outlet the basketball, making him a threat to help get the running game going….”

Vincennes U.’s coach Todd Franklin’s eval. of Holley after signing him:

“His game is around the bucket, including the fact that he has a nice touch for scoring the ball,” VU Coach Todd Franklin said. “We feel he can be a very good rebounder who can be a real boost to us offensively before he ever gets down the floor. His ability to make the outlet pass after pulling down a defensive rebound will help us get the running game going.”

Below are some HS highlights of Nigel Holley

Scouting video: Nigel Holley vs. Charlotte Elite at 2012 Breakout Challenge from The Wolfpacker on Vimeo.

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ETSU Signs T.J. Cromer

Steve Forbes and the rest of the ETSU basketball staff is off to a quick start as they announced the signing of the T.J. Cromer today. Cromer is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound shooting guard that averaged 20 points per game last season, connecting on 107 3-pointers and shooting 46 percent from the three-point line. Cromer helped lead his Columbia State team to a 26-7 overall record in 2014-15.

T.J. Cromer was also named third team JUCO All-America and first team All-Region honors last year.

What Forbes has to say about Cromer:

“I’m thrilled that T.J. is our staff’s first signee at ETSU. To have the opportunity to coach such a talented player is very exciting for the future of our program. His offensive numbers speak volumes to his abilities. He can make shots and he can score at a high level. T.J. is a winner, leading his team to the region championship and the NJCAA National Tournament. He is very well coached and is prepared to play the moment he steps on campus.”

Cromer is the first of what hopes to be an exciting offseason for ETSU basketball. ETSU Hoops will continue to follow all recruiting activity in the coming months.

Some highlights from Cromer

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ETSU Offers Ty Toney

Ty Toney

ETSU has offered Ty Toney, a 6’3 SG from Alpharetta, Ga. via Georgia Highlands C.C. Ty was a JUCO All-American honorable mention and first team all-region. He averaged 17.8 PTS/G and 2.4 A/G in 36 games at Georgia Highlands C.C. this year. See more stats on Toney here.

Ty played at Appalachian State his freshmen year before transferring to Georgia Highlands C.C. While at Appalachian State Toney average 6.3 PTS/G in 22 games.

According to ESPN insider, “Toney is a physical shooting guard who is strong for his size and wired to score. He can get buckets at all three levels. Get to the rim, straight line drive and score through contact. Mid range jumpers off the catch or dribble and knock down the open three.”

Here is what Jason Capel had to say about Ty Toney

“Ty is a very talented kid, and a great young man. He is strong, quick and explosive on both ends of the court. He is the type of player who can help a team in so many ways because of his competitiveness and versatility. In our system, it is important to have guards that can do multiple things especially off the bounce and Ty gives us a player that can do just that. He scores the ball from all over the court and has the ability with his strength and quickness to get mid-range and elevate over defenders. He is also explosive enough to get in the paint and finish through contact or make the right pass to an open teammate. Ty led Alpharetta to the state semifinals last season with one of the best playoff runs in Georgia high school basketball history. His is a player that will be a joy to coach on both sides of the ball.”

In addition to ETSU, Toney has also received offers from Kennesaw State, Jacksonville State, North Carolina Central, Jackson State, Tennessee State and FIU.

EDIT: 04/21/15 Toney has signed with Eastern Michigan.

Below are a couple of highlight videos of Ty Toney

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Chris McNeal – 2015 Prospect

According to Verbal Commits, ETSU is showing interest in Chris McNeal, a 5-11 point guard from, South Side High School in Jackson Tennessee, class of 2015.

The star of the Memphis Magic Elite travel team, Chris McNeal averages 19 points, four rebounds, and three assists per game. Rising Star Basketball says “McNeal is a prolific scoring point guard and one of the highest ranked players in the country for the class of 2015.

McNeal currently has offers from University of Massachusetts and Tennessee-Martin. In addition to receiving interest from ETSU, McNeal is also generating interest from a handful of other division 1 schools such as, Tennessee, Villanova, Memphis, Belmont, UAB, Pepperdine, Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas State, Alabama, Tennessee State, Clemson, and Auburn.

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Tyrome Sharpe – 2015 Prospect

tyrome sharpe

Tyrome Sharpe a 6’0″ PG out of Chipley, Florida, class of 2015, is reportedly on our recruiting radar. Sharpe averaged around 13ppg and 5apg for Chipley High School this season. He is a very athletic and speedy guard that is mostly known for shooting the basketball and has proven to knock down NBA range 3-pointers.

Sharpe also plays AAU for Team Cousins out of Mobile, Alabama where he averaged 16ppg and 5apg. In addition to his great speed and shooting range, Sharpe is also known for having a very high basketball IQ.

Sharpe is also getting attention from Alabama and may continue to get looks from bigger schools during his last two years of high school. However, because of his size he may get overlooked by some which might help ETSU’s chances in landing the speedy point guard.

Tyrome Sharpe Highlight Video

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Quantez Brown – 2014 Prospect

QUANTEZ BROWN

Jamie Shaw of Verbal Commits reports that ETSU is very interested in Quantez Brown, a 6’4″ wing from Roebuck, South Carolina.

Quantez Brown currently has offers from Youngstown State and Gardner Webb and has high interest from ETSU, College of Charleston and High Point.

Quantez Brown Highlight Video

Scouting video: Quantez Brown vs. NC Redstorm 16s at 2012 CP3 Invitational from The Wolfpacker on Vimeo.

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