JOHNSON CITY (April 11, 2012) – On the first day of the spring signing period, ETSU head coach Murry Bartow announced Wednesday that the Buccaneers have received a national letter of intent from transfer Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard (Georgetown, S.C.).
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound forward played his junior college basketball at Roane State Community College in Harriman, and was the Tennessee Junior College Player of the Year in 2011-12. He averaged 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists a game, while shooting an impressive 42 percent from beyond the 3-point line in his final season with the Raiders.
“Kinard is a versatile player that can score the basketball inside and out,” Bartow said. “He’s also a great passer, can defend multiple positions, and is a good rebounder. We like his skill level and he’s a quality young man. His junior college coach Randy Nesbitt did a great job with him at Roane State.”
Nesbitt echoed Bartow’s assessment of Gadsden-Gilliard, who was also a highly-sought recruit for his football talents coming out of high school.
"I really think the best is ahead of him,” said Nesbit, a former player and head coach at The Citadel. “He wasn’t really a scorer when he first came to us, but he’s developed into a guy that can come down and pull a 3-pointer with a defender on him. He’s also been able to post up and score for us. He’s gotten better and better during his time here.”
Gadsden-Gilliard joins guards Mario Stramaglia (Birmingham, Ala.) and Lorenzo “Petey” McClain (Mobile, Ala.) as the first three members of the Bucs’ 2012-13 recruiting class. The team has three more open scholarships to complete their roster for next season.
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