2018 Recruiting Updates: Carlos Curtis – Daivien Williamson – D’Andre Bernard

Carlos Curtis

It’s been a few months since I last provided a recruiting update for 2018. Since the last update ETSU basketball has signed three exciting recruits for next season. Those recruits are Carlos Curtis, Daivien Williamson and D’Andre Bernard. All three are impressive recruits for the program and should play a big role next season when ETSU loses six key seniors. I’ve included a brief summary on each recruit below.

Carlos Curtis

Curtis, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound guard out of Riverside University High School, he averaged 19.0 points and 6.4 assists as a junior. The 2016-17 Milwaukee City Conference first-team, all-league selection is a nominee for 2018 Mr. Basketball in the state of Wisconsin and the preseason player of the year in his league. Curtis is a 3 star recruit and according to ESPN Recruiting ranked 4th in Wisconsin 44th overall in his position.

Curtis has been putting up impressive numbers so far in his senior season including posting two triple doubles. He went for 40 points 28 rebounds and 10 assists in a win last month.

Curtis also had other mid-major offers from Milwaukee, Wright State, Green Bay, Drake and Cleveland State.

Daivien Williamson

Williamson is a 6’2″ combo guard has a flashy style of play with impressive speed in the open floor. He averaged 16.3 points per game as a junior at Winston-Salem Prep. Like fellow recruit Carlos Curtis, Williamson has had a strong start to his senior season as well. Over the holidays Williamson was named MVP of the Frank Spencer basketball tournament and finished with 20 points for Winston Salem Prep in a win over East Forsyth HS to claim Frank Spencer title.

Williamson also had offers from UNC-Wilmington, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, UNC Greensboro, App State, Wofford, James Madison and Hampton.

D’Andre Bernard

Bernard, a 6-foot-8, 185-pound junior college forward from Ontario, Canada. Bernard began his career at division I North Florida but decided to transfer to JUCO after a redshirt season at UNF. Bernard ended up at Georgia Highlands Junior College. Through ten games this year, Bernard is averaging 10.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and shooting 55% from the field and 41% from the 3-point line.

In addition to ETSU, Bernard had offers from Illinois-Chicago, Eastern Michigan, Chattanooga, Tennessee State, Robert Morris and a number of other mid-major schools. Bernard is expected to provide a lot of athleticism, someone who can defend multiple positions and good shooting. Similar to current Buc David Burrell, Bernard should be able to step in and contribute right away next season.

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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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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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Bucs offer Darius Thompson, 6’3″ SG

According to Rivals, the Bucs have offered 6’3″ shooting guard Darius Thompson.  Several teams have already offered Thompson (see link below), including hometown MTSU. The Bucs will graduate 3 shooting guards following the 2012-13 season–Sheldon Cooley, Jarvis Jones, Marcus Dubose–so Thompson could help fill a need at off-guard.


9/5/2012 Update on Thompson. Source: Team Nashville Basketball
The son of a college coach, Darius Thompson is a smooth 6-foot-3 shooting guard with a feel for the game on the offensive end. He never has to waste dribbles, is a very good jump shooter and has the athleticism to get out and finish on the break. Thompson is built a bit slightly and has to get stronger, but he looks as if he would be a heck of a catch for programs such as Middle Tennessee State,Richmond, Tennessee State, Furman, East Tennessee State, Presbyterian, Drake and Stony Brook, which have offered. More recently, Boston College and Minnesota have expressed interest.

3/24/13 Update: Thompson has signed with Tennessee

I was able to find only limited footage of Thompson:

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2013 prospect Kahlil Thomas: A prototypical ETSU recruit

Kahlil Thomas

The city of Memphis and various regions of Florida have served ETSU well over the years.  One of these pipelines appears to be still open:  According to scout.com, the Bucs have offered Kahlil Thomas, a 6’7″ 195 lb PF from Pompano Beach, Florida.  ESPN Insider reported the following on Thomas:

Thomas is a long and athletic forward the plays extremely hard. He excels on the break by running the floor and finishing above, around or through contact of defenders. He slashes to the basket with short quick drives and long play completions with terrific athleticism.

Coach Bartow and company have had great success recruiting active, rangy, athletic, frontcourt players who thrive in transition.  Andrew Reed, Eryk Thomas, Isiah Brown, and John Walton all come to mind.  From the youtube highlights below, it appears that Thomas fits that mold.  Thomas’ stock appears to be rising, and several mid-majors have already offered: http://scouthoops.scout.com/a.z?s=75&p=8&c=1&nid=6439116


Thomas’ game would meld well with ETSU’s up-tempo, pressing style-of-play.  Let’s hope he joins his fellow Floridians in the Blue & Gold next season.

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Charles Hammork not coming to ETSU?

It appears that Charles Hammork, the highly touted swingman from New Orleans via Coffeyville Community College, is not coming to ETSU. Kelly Hodge reported this in today’s (7/12/12) Johnson City Press, and Hammork tweeted that he was headed to D2 Fort Hayes State University.

Division-1 suitors across the country were enamored with Hammork’s length, versatility, and athleticism, despite that he had only one year of eligibility. Hammork’s lone year of eligibility prompted programs like Pitt to shy away, according to Hammork’s juco coach. Given Hammork’s talent and the  Bucs’ inexperience at small forward, Hammork appeared to be the presumptive starter for that position.

Charles Hammork never stepped foot on campus, or played a division 1 game, so it’s difficult to estimate the impact of Hammork heading  elsewhere.  His evident talent aside, he may have been never committed in the first place, despite signing a Letter of Intent. If he would have arrived on campus half-heartedly, then this may turn out better in the long run. Still, the recruiting process–from initial contact to the signing of the LOI–is surely a big commitment on the part of the coaching staff for every single player.  Whatever transpired, the coaching staff must be frustrated, especially this late in the summer.

Although disappointing, this will be an opportunity for someone like Lester Wilson, Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard, or someone else to establish themselves.   If someone steps up, this will be a non-issue this time next year.

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