Bartow announces signing of S.C. guard Tyler Hooker
ETSU head coach Murry Bartow announced Monday that the Bucs have added point guard Tyler Hooker to the team's 2015-16 recruiting class.
Bartow announces signing of S.C. guard Tyler Hooker
Monday, November 17, 2014

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 17, 2014) – ETSU men’s basketball head coach Murry Bartow announced Monday that the Buccaneers have signed point guard Tyler Hooker (Simpsonville, S.C.) to a national letter of intent for the 2015-16 season.

A 6-foot, 170-pound senior at Hillcrest High School, Hooker helped lead his prep squad to the finals of the Class 4A state tournament last year. Averaging 18 points and five assists during his junior season, Hooker will enter his senior campaign as one of the top five players in South Carolina’s Class 4A.

“Tyler is a great kid with a high skill level and an unreal motor,” Bartow said. “He has the ability to get to the rim and can shoot the ball, but he’s also a really good on-ball defender. He’s played at an excellent high school and has learned a lot from his coach Reggie Choplin. He will come in as a freshman ahead of a lot of players because he’s coming from such a quality program.”

Hooker, who has been a four-year varsity starter in high school and has twice been picked to all-conference and all-county teams, said he was impressed with the ETSU program.

“After I went to East Tennessee State, I loved it up there, so I went ahead and committed,” Hooker told the Greenville News in Greenville, S.C. “I loved the atmosphere and the environment. Coach Bartow is really a good guy. I really want to play for coaches like they have on their staff, and I really connected with all their players.”

Hooker entertained interest from schools such as College of Charleston, Radford, The Citadel and Gardner-Webb before becoming the first signee to the 2015-16 recruiting class. He will be joined in that group by Indiana junior transfer Peter Jurkin (Juba, South Sudan), who is currently sitting out this season and working out with the Buccaneers.

For more on ETSU men’s basketball throughout the 2014-15 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s hoops link.