JOHNSON CITY (May 1, 2012) – ETSU men’s basketball head coach Murry Bartow announced Tuesday that junior college transfer Charles Hammork (New Orleans) has signed a national letter of intent to join the Buccaneer program in 2012-13.
Hammork, a 6-foot-6 guard who spent last season at Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kan., averaged 15.3 points and nearly five rebounds a game at the junior college level. He also dished out 117 assists and collected 68 steals last year on his way to being named the team’s most valuable player.
“Charles will be an immediate help for us and what we really like is he’s a guy that can do a lot of things,” Bartow said. “He’s a wing scorer, but he’s athletic and has the size to play multiple spots on the floor. Offensively, he can make threes but can also score off the dribble, and we really like his motor.”
Having played his high school basketball at Perry Walker High School in New Orleans, Hammork shot 40 percent from 3-point range in 2011-12 while finishing the year as an all-conference and all-region honoree.
Accoring to the Coffeyville Community College website, Hammork said ETSU was the place for him and his goal is to make an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
“I think East Tennessee is a good fit and I liked the coaching staff and the campus there,” said Hammork, who was recruited heavily by several NCAA Division I schools after earning MVP honors in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. “I want to get a chance to play in the NCAA tourney. That’s a goal of mine.”
Jay Herkelman, Hammork’s coach at CCC, said the Bucs are getting a quality player.
“He can play any spot on the perimeter and he can play forward if you need him to,” Herkelman said. “He’s capable of scoring from anywhere on the court and he’s proved that game-in, game-out, all-season long with us.”
Hammork joins fellow junior college transfers Hunter Harris (Nashville) and 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 five members of the Bucs’ 2012-13 recruiting class. The team has one more open scholarship to complete the roster for next season.
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