Isaac Banks Signs with ETSU

Isaac Banks

According to a recent tweet from NextUpRecruits Isaac Banks, class of 2013, has committed to ETSU with an official signing upcoming. Banks is a 6’7 forward out of John Curtis School in River Ridge, Louisiana, averaged 19 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks a game as a senior and was an all-metro, all-district and all-state selection two years in a row during his prep career. He is described as “a long athletic forward who can handle the ball.” Banks did not play AAU ball and as a result went largely unnoticed and can potentially be a steal for ETSU.

Although there is no official word yet but it appears that Isaac Banks will become the 13th scholarship player for the upcoming season. Welcome to ETSU Isaac!

Update 8/15/13: As expected, Isaac Banks has officially signed with ETSU.


Below is a clip of from Isaac Banks’ Senior year

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Bucs sign Jalen Riley a juco All-American

Jalen Riley

According to the Racine City Journal Times ETSU has signed Jalen Riley, a 6-1 guard out of Sauk Valley Community College. Riley began his collegiate career at the College of Lake County before moving on to Sauk Valley Community College, where he earned National Junior College Athletic Association All-American honors

In one season with Sauk Valley Community College, Jalen Riley averaged 19.3 ppg (42% fg, 40% 3-pt., 71%ft), 3.1 rpg, 2.3 apg. See more of his stats here.

“We’re really excited about getting Jalen,” said East Tennessee State coach Murry Bartow, the son of former UCLA coach Gene Bartow. “Jalen has some versatility to his game. He can score and he can do it from either guard spot.”

“We don’t make any promises or guarantees (to a recruit), but we never recruit a junior college player unless we think he can come in and play and be part of the rotation,” Bartow said. “We’re looking forward to Jalen helping us a lot.” – From The Journal Times

Riley, who also considered Ball State and Northern Illinois, among others, is expected to make an immediate impact for ETSU. The Bucs still another spot to fill this offseason.

Welcome to ETSU Jalen!

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Devin Harris, 6’4″ point guard, commits to ETSU, becomes the 3rd member of the 2013 signing class

Devin Harris

Welcome Devin Harris, the newest member of the 2013 signing class. Harris burst onto the recruiting scene in recent months with his leadership in his team’s state championship run. Although Harris’ versatility and size (6’4″) are his calling cards, he’s also reported to be a crafty point guard who can lead a team.  With sophomore Petey McClain as the Bucs’ lone point guard, Harris is a sorely needed commodity for next year’s squad. The highlights below showcase Harris’ size, skill, and smarts. Welcome Devin!




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Bucs Officially Land Their First Early Signee for ’13-14

A.J. Merriweather
A.J. Merriweather

Johnson City, Tn. – ETSU head basketball coach Murry Bartow is excited to announce that the Bucs have their first signee, 6’4 Jackson, Tennessee native AJ Merriweather.

Merriweather brings more than just on the court accolades such as All Region selections and a double-double average as a junior as Southside High School, he’s also the smartest player on the team. The 195 pound senior will look to lead his high school team this year and in talking with other players in middle Tennessee who have faced him in various games, they all agree that he is a great player and as one unnamed athlete referred to him: “He’s a really cool guy.”

Bartow is paraphrased as saying he’s super excited to AJ in the program as he fits everything ETSU wants in a player. Consistent, athletic and able to play multiple positions on the court. He’s also a fine young man and a super student. Merriweather is excited to join the Buccaneer family as he feels the up tempo, transition style offense coupled with full court press defense plays right into his style of play.

With the signing of Merriweather, the redshirting of injured senior Lukas Poderis and Providence transfer Ron Giplaye, the Bucs will have just two remaining scholarships for the rest of the 2013-2014 recruiting class.

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