Bucs offer in-state swingman, A.J. Merriweather

A.J. Merriweather
A.J. Merriweather

According to various sources, the Bucs have offered  A.J. Merriweather, a 6’5″ swingman from Medon, TN.  Merriweather reportedly holds an offer from ASUN rival, Lipscomb University as well.  Coach Bartow and company have now offered three in-state players: Darius Thompson, Cole Harrison, and A.J. Merriweather.

The early signing period run through November 14th to November 21st.  Check back for updates and information on signees, prospects, and other recruiting information.

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Rashawn Rembert

Rashawn Rembert

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Scouting the underclassmen: Rashawn Rembert

Patience must be Rashawn Rembert’s virtue.  As is almost always the case at ETSU, there is a cupboard full of talented shooting guards.  While Rashawn could get significant playing time or maybe even a starting position with teams around the conference,  this season he will be battling all-conference candidates Dubose, Jones, and Cooley, as well as the sharpshooting Stramaglia for playing time.

Rembert came to ETSU with the reputation as a big, strong, athletic shooting guard.  His college-ready size and overall skill level attracted as many as 11 offers, with at least a dozen or so additional schools showing interest.  ESPN Insider said this of Rembert in 2010:

Rembert is a true shooting guard that is also a very good athlete. He spots up in transition and can catch lobs when he is ahead of the pack. He can make open threes with needed time and space. Rembert has a good mid range game as well.

Fortunately for Rashawn, a precedent exists for players who initially played sparingly, but were later rewarded for their patience and perseverance.  Most notably, perhaps, was Zakee Wadood, who as a freshman, averaged 9.0 mpg en route to becoming one of the nation’s elite defenders and one of the best ETSU players of all time. Of recent vintage, Tommy Hubbard also got very limited freshman minutes. (6.2 minutes over 19 games).  But like Tommy, Rembert has a physical, athletic 6’4” body, and the basketball pedigree to make the kind of leap forward that Tommy did in his sophomore year. Also like Tommy or Micah Williams, needs to find a way to score effectively on the D1 level.  But there is no reason he can’t become the kind of strong college player that they were.  If Sheldon Cooley can make himself a 3 point shooter, so can Rashawn.  Cooley, Dubose and Jones all graduate this year.  Next year it will be up to Rashawn, Petey and Mario at guard. As for this season, Rashawn provides the dimension of size at shooting guard, which could prove useful depending on the matchup.

Stats: http://statsheet.com/mcb/players/player/east-tennessee-state/rashawn-rembert

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Adam Sollazzo signs with top Romanian league

Adam Sollazzo

After trying out with the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks, Adam Sollazzo is taking his talents to the most prestigious league in Romania. Adam’s athletic success comes as no surprise to Buc fans, just as his future success outside of sports will come as no surprise.  During his time at ETSU, Adam personified the meaning of student-athlete, earning three all-academic (ASUN) honors and the Scholar Athlete of the Year award.

For reasons that extend beyond the game, Buc fans and alumni are proud to call Adam Sollazzo one of their own.





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Bucs evaluating, showing interest in DeShaunte Carelock (Class of 2014)

Deshaunte Carelock
Carelock plays AAU for Kappa Magic

According to Justin Byerly, Director of Recruiting for BasketballElite.com, the Bucs are expressing interest in 6’6″ F DeShaunte Carelock (’14) of Greensboro, N.C.   Byerly said this of Carelock: “Deshaunte Carelock, a 6’6, 2014 with Kappa Magic…very physical player, good mid-range, high basketball IQ, lock down D.”  One publication rated Carelock as one of the top 50 players in North Carolina, class of 2014. We will be tracking Carelock’s recruitment.

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Bucs pursue Nashville big man, Cole Harrison, extend offer

Cole Harrison

According to Futre150.com, the Bucs have offered 6’10 250 lb Cole Harrison.  It appears that Harrison’s recent development has prompted several programs to take notice and some to begin offering, including the Bucs.

Here’s Future150’s analysis of Cole Harrison:


Harrison is a big body post player who plays with a high basketball IQ.  He knows how to use his body to his advantage when scoring around the basket.  He is a great rebounder and runs the floor well for player his size.  He can score with a variety of post moves with the power drop step and the face up mid range being his top 2.

As with all players at the midmajor level, big men come with deficits.  At the same time, Cole Harrison’s size and apparent skill level could make him a commodity at the midmajor level and a great “get” for ETSU basketball.



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Scouting the Newcomers-Ron Giplaye, 6’6″ 230 lb PF

Ron Giplaye

 Scouting Report:

  • Giplaye’s physicality and upper body strength have always been his biggest assets. He’s added even more muscle to his frame this fall and now boasts a powerful, college ready body. Pound for pound he’s one of the best rebounds you’ll find….    ~ESPN Insider
  • “He’s a big body and should definitely help us on the interior…He played in the Big East, so he obviously has high-major talent. His greatest strength is his ability to rebound and defend the post.” ~Coach Bartow
  • “He has muscles in places most people don’t even have places…He’s a very strong physical player. He went to Wilmington (Del.) High School and transferred to Notre Dame Prep. “He’s a power player, good athlete, plays hard around the rim, very strong and  physical.”  ~Recruiting Analyst Tom Konchalski   http://www.zagsblog.com/2009/07/10/ron-giplaye-to-providence


  • Providence College: Averaged 6.5 mpg, 1.5 ppg, 1. 8 rpg
  • Notre Dame Prep: 18 ppg & 13 rpg

Former Buc Comparison: Dillion Sneed

Ron GiplayeMost Buc fans remember Dillion Sneed, the bruiser from Chicago via Colby Community College who led the SOCON in rebounding in 2005 (9.5 rpg & 9.7 ppg).  In his two years with the Bucs, Sneed established himself as a ferocious rebounder and a tireless worker on the glass.  Like Sneed, Giplaye arrives at ETSU with the reputation of a superb rebounder and a gritty post defender.

Anticipated Role:

Although Giplaye will have to sit this year due to mandated NCAA transfer rules, he will undoubtedly bring toughness and intensity to practices.   This year’s frontcourt players will have the opportunity to practice everyday against Giplaye, a player who has played against the nation’s premiere post players in the Big East.  Giplaye has defended future NBA big men. His experience defending the nation’s best cannot be overstated.

At first glance, Giplaye’s modest production at Providence may seem unimpressive.  However, when one considers these numbers in the context of the Big East, these numbers carry greater significance.  Consider, for example, that Giplaye guarded 7′ 280 lb Andre Drummond of UCONN–the number one prospect in the class of 2011 and the number 9 pick in the 2012 NBA draft.   Even when Giplaye wasn’t guarding NBA lottery picks, he still guarded forwards from Georgetown, Syracuse, Pitt, Louisville, West Virginia, etc.  On the other end of the floor, he had to score on these guys.  Giplaye’s numbers belie his ability and potential.

Giplaye’s toughness, relentlessness, rebounding, and defense will help anchor a formidable frontcourt in 2013-14. His skills will blend well with the versatility of KGG, the athleticism of Lester Wilson, the length of John Walton, and a similarly relentless Hunter Harris.

In conclusion, although Ron Giplaye will not play this year for the Bucs, he will still serve a very critical role for this year’s team.  In addition, Giplaye can use this year to improve his offensive skills.

Welcome Ron!



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