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!

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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

A video posted by ETSU Athletics (@etsuathletics) on

Read More

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!

Read More

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!!

Read More

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

Read More

ETSU Releases 2015-2016 Basketball Schedule

Today the ETSU Buccaneer faithful were delighted to hear that the men’s basketball team finally released the full schedule for the 2015-2016 season. ETSU will play 31 regular season games including 15 home games. Some of the non-conference home games include matches against Green Bay, UNC Wilmington, Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State. ETSU also goes on the road to play Villanova, Tennessee, Charleston Southern, Tennessee Tech, UNC-Asheville, NC Central and Georgia Tech. The Bucs begin conference play on January 2nd against Western Carolina in Cullowhee, NC.

Obviously, the most exciting non-conference home game should be the November 17th game against Wisconsin-Green Bay which is part of the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and will be played at 6AM. Last year Green Bay finished 2nd in the Horizon league with a 24-9 record. Even though the game is at 6AM I think it’s important that ETSU does everything possible to try and fill Freedom Hall and create an exciting atmosphere for the start of the season.

As for the away non-conference games ETSU will play three games in five days as part of the 2015 NIT Season Tip-Off. In those three games ETSU will play at Villanova on November 20th, at Georgia Tech on the 22nd and at Charleston Southern on the 24th. Other interesting road games will include ETSU visiting Tennessee for the second straight year on December 22nd and playing at NC Central on January 4th.

The 2015-2016 basketball schedule certainly presents some challenges for the Bucs, which will feature a completely new coaching staff and nine new players, especially with the trips to Villanova, Ga. Tech and Tennessee but it’s also very exciting to see how the Bucs will do against this tough competition.

The season is only two months away and I can’t wait for it to start. What are your opinions on the schedule?

Read More