JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 16, 2011) â€" ETSU menâ€™s basketball head coach Murry Bartow announced Monday that the program has received a national letter of intent from John Walton, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward out of Mitchell High School in Memphis.
Walton, who missed seven weeks this past season with a broken wrist, still averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals per game as a senior. He is expected to provide even more athleticism to the Bucsâ€™ lineup.
â€śJohn is a big-time athlete, a great young man and an excellent student,â€ť said Bartow, whose team is coming off a 24-win season and a trip to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. â€śHe can really run and jump, and has a great upside. This is another in-state player, and we continue to recruit and get good players out of the Memphis area.â€ť
Walton reportedly chose the Buccaneers over Arkansas State, South Alabama, Southeast Missouri, Texas Southern and Texas Tech. He becomes the fourth player in the Buccaneersâ€™ 2011-12 recruiting class, joining guards Rashawn Rembert (Tampa, Fla.) and Marcus DuBose (Hartsville, S.C.), along with swingman Lester Wilson (Knoxville, Tenn.).
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