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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Socon Champs ETSU to play Florida in the NCAA Tournament

ETSU Reaction

After winning the 2017 Southern Conference tournament last week the Bucs learned on Sunday that they will play the Florida Gators in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday at 3:10PM in Orlando Florida.

ETSU will be making their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2010 when they faced Kentucky as a 16 seed. This time around the Bucs will be a 13 seed, which is their highest seed since 2004. That year ETSU was a #13 as well and nearly upset Cincinnati, losing 76-73.

ETSU finished the regular season at 27-7, just one win away from tying a school record for wins.

The 4th seeded Florida Gators finished 24-8 and second in the SEC, however the Gators also lost three out of their last four, including a first round loss to Vanderbilt in the SEC tournament. Florida’s big man, John Egbunu, was also lost for the year due to an injury suffered on February 14th versus Auburn.

ETSU and Florida have three opponents in common from the regular season. Mercer, Tennessee and Mississippi State. Like ETSU, Florida beat both Mercer and Mississippi State. Only difference is Florida won at home versus Tennessee by 13 points, where ETSU lost at home to Tennessee by four points.

The Gators have opened as 10 point favorites but ETSU seems to be a favorite among several national sports broadcasters to pull off the upset, including Jon Rothstein of CBS and Jay Bilas of ESPN.

If ETSU wins it will be their first NCAA tournament win since 1992, which is when the Bucs famously beat the 3rd seeded Arizona Wildcats 87-80.

Below is the ETSU basketball’s team reaction to drawing Florida in the first round during the selection show.

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Bucs start conference play at 3-0

After a big come from behind victory on Saturday versus Mercer, the ETSU basketball team now sits atop the Socon standings as the only undefeated team at 3-0. The Bucs will look to continue their great play with a huge game against UNC-Greensboro on Thursday night. I’ll join the athletic departments request to #FillFreedom on Thursday night! The Spartans will come into Johnson City with a 12-5 overall record and 3-1 in the Socon with a big win over Chattanooga last week.

I expect this to be an exciting game that comes down to the wire. Both games against UNCG last year ended with ETSU hitting a last second shot to win in Johnson City and with ETSU closing the game on an 8-0 run against the Spartans in Greensboro for the win.

Come out and #FillFreedom on Thursday night!

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ETSU beats UNCG on last second three from T.J Cromer

T.J. Cromer

T.J Cromer scored 20 points and was 3-5 from the 3-point line including hitting the winning 3-point shot with 8 seconds left in the game. Cromer was not the only Buc that shot well from the 3-point line. As a whole ETSU tied a school record with 15 made 3-point shots. Ge’Lawn Guyn was 6-9 from the 3-point line with a career high 28 points and Lester Wilson shot 5-9 from beyond the arc with 17 points, which is a season high from Wilson.

The Bucs played in front of 3,078 energetic Buc fans, which is the second highest attended home game of the year. The game featured 11 ties and 11 lead changes. ETSU fell behind early, trailing by 13 points, but ETSU quickly cut into that lead and outscored UNCG 32-18 to finish the first half to lead by one point at halftime.

Neither team led by more than 5 points in the 2nd half and UNCG led by four with 2:18 left in the game, but ETSU was able to come away with the win thanks to Guyn’s and Cromer’s 3-point shooting late in the game.

ETSU will be back in action at Freedom Hall on Monday night, taking on SoCon foe VMI at 6 p.m.

Below are two different perspectives of the winning shot from last nights game.

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Deuce Bello makes SportsCenter Top 10 with dunk against EKU

Deuce Bello

Senior guard Deuce Bello made the SportsCenter Top 10 last night with a big dunk off a missed shot from GeLawn Guyn. The dunk came in at #5 on the countdown for the day. Additionally, the dunk came at a perfect time as ETSU was tied with Eastern Kentucky 71-71 before the dunk. It’s the second time this year that ETSU has made the SportsCenter top 10, the other time came against Wisconsin-Green when A.J. Merriweather made the top 10 highlights.

ETSU went on to win 87-81 to improve to 5-5 on the year. The Bucs next game will be Tuesday night in Knoxville win they take on Tennessee.

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ETSU gets a big win on the road versus Georgia Tech

ETSU went into Atlanta today to make a statement after their loss against Villanova Friday night and they did just that. ETSU squeaked by with a 69-68 win against Georgia Tech thanks to a last second 3-point shot by Ge’Lawn Guyn (video of the shot is below). Guyn finished with 24 points, 16 of them in the second half, 7 rebounds and one huge block that came late in the second half and resulted in a transition basket by Deuce Bello.

The Bucs led most of the first half and by as many as 7 until Georgia Tech went on a 20-8 run to end the half and leading 32-27. Tech than increased their lead to 8 early in the second half but the Bucs never game up. They slowly worked their way back into the game thanks to some hot shooting, the Bucs shot 57.7 percent from the field in the second half.

The win against Georgia Tech gives ETSU their first win over an ACC school since 1991, which is when ETSU defeated NC State in Raleigh. ETSU improved to 3-1 on the year with the win and handed Tech their first loss of the year and dropping them to 3-1 as well.

ETSU scored 36 points in the paint, 14 more than Georgia Tech. The Bucs also had 11 points off turnovers and 14 second-chance points. ETSU also shot 57.7 percent from the field in the second half. In addition to Guy’s 24 points T.J. Cromer and A.J. Merriweather also finished in double figures with 12 points a piece.

ETSU will finish up this 3 game road trip with a game against Charleston Southern on Tuesday and then will be back in Freedom Hall on Saturday the 28th. Go Bucs!

Ge'Lawn Guyn hits the game-winner over Georgia Tech. ETSU wins 69-68. #ETSUTough

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