JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 21, 2015) – ETSU head men’s basketball coach Steve Forbes announced Tuesday that Columbia State Community College guard T.J. Cromer (Albany, Ga.) has signed a national letter of intent to join the Buccaneers for the 2015-16 season.
Cromer, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound shooting guard, averaged 19.9 points per game last season, connecting on 107 3-pointers and shooting 46 percent from beyond the arc. Cromer helped lead his Columbia State team to a 26-7 overall record in 2014-15, defeating perennial junior college power San Jancito in the first round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament before losing to eventual champion Northwest Florida in the second round.
“I’m thrilled that T.J. is our staff’s first signee at ETSU,” Forbes said. “To have the opportunity to coach such a talented player is very exciting for the future of our program. His offensive numbers speak volumes to his abilities. He can make shots and he can score at a high level. T.J. is a winner, leading his team to the region championship and the NJCAA National Tournament. He is very well coached and is prepared to play the moment he steps on campus.”
Last year, Cromer earned third team All-America and first team All-Region honors. He shot 51 percent from the field and 83 percent from the free throw line, scoring a season-high 34 points in one game and making a career high eight 3-pointers in a matchup with Volunteer State.
Cromer said the opportunity to play for Forbes was his deciding factor.
"I feel like Coach Forbes puts me in the best position to succeed now and after college,” said Cromer, whose team won the Region XII championship last season. “He’s one of the best up-and-coming coaches in America and I want to play for him. My goal is to win championships and do my best for ETSU’s fans. Night in and night out they can expect me to make shots and make plays.”
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