Harris signs NLI with ETSU men’s hoops
ETSU head coach Murry Bartow announced another signing on Wednesday.
ETSU head coach Murry Bartow announced another signing on Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

JOHNSON CITY (April 11, 2012) – ETSU men’s basketball head coach Murry Bartow continued to add to the Buccaneers’ 2012-13 roster on Wednesday, announcing that junior college transfer Hunter Harris (Nashville) has signed a national letter of intent with the program.

Harris, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward who played his junior college basketball at Volunteer State, averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds during his time at the junior college level, and was named a NJCAA All-America second teamer in 2011-12.

“The first thing you notice about Hunter is that he has a great motor,” Bartow said. “He plays with a tremendous energy, and he’s very bouncy and athletic. He can score the basketball, he can really rebound, and we also like his versatility.”

Volunteer State head coach Rusty Melvin said Harris is a special player and ETSU will be pleased with what he brings to the floor.

“To me, I think ETSU got a big-time player and a really good one in Hunter,” Melvin said. “There were some highly-ranked Division I programs showing interest in him, and I think that says a lot about Coach Bartow and Coach (Thomas) Johnson for the job they did recruiting him.

“Hunter had a 40-point, 20-rebound game as a freshman, and over his two years he averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds a game. But the best thing about him is that even though he’s that good, he doesn’t show it. He is a really humble kid and he just plays hard all the time. If the ball is loose or he’s going after a rebound, he’s playing at one rate of speed and that’s hard.”

Harris said ETSU was simply the right fit.

“I just loved the campus, the gym, and the coaches were great,” said Harris, who actually did not play basketball in high school, but rather excelled on the football field. “Everyone was easy to talk to and they wanted me. And that’s what I was looking for – a program that wanted me. I look forward to getting there next year, winning championships and going back to the NCAAs.”

Harris joins fellow junior college transfer Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard (Georgetown, S.C.), as well as high school guards Mario Stramaglia (Birmingham, Ala.) and Lorenzo “Petey” McClain (Mobile, Ala.) as the first four members of the Bucs’ 2012-13 recruiting class. The team has two more open scholarships to complete their roster for next season.

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BB ETSU 9 Lexington, Va.
Apr 11 Virginia Military 6
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Apr 12 6th of 9
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Apr 12 Furman 2
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WTEN UNC Greensboro 1 Bristol, Tenn.
Apr 15 ETSU 6
BB Virginia Tech 6 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 15 ETSU 5
MTEN The Citadel 0 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 17 ETSU 7
SB Furman 2 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 17 ETSU 1
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Apr 17 ETSU 6
BB Samford 15 Johnson City, Tenn.
Apr 17 ETSU 4
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Apr 18 ETSU 4
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Apr 18 ETSU 4