JOHNSON CITY (April 27, 2016) – ETSU men’s basketball head coach Steve Forbes announced Wednesday that the Buccaneers have received a national letter of intent from Allen County Community College transfer Jermaine Long (New Orleans).
A 6-foot-3 guard, Long ranked 21st in the country in scoring last season, averaging 20.6 points and 4.7 rebounds a contest, while also dishing out 96 assists on the year. A second team All-Jayhawk Conference selection and honorable mention all-region, Long made 73 3-pointers and shot 80.7 percent from the foul line (196-243) on the season. His free throw numbers ranked sixth in the country for makes and seventh nationally for attempts.
"Jermaine is very difficult to defend,” Forbes said. “He is shifty and elusive off the dribble, possessing the ability to score at all three levels. In addition, he is a very good passer and a willing defender, giving us added size and length on the perimeter. Jermaine played in one of the best JUCO conferences in the country the past two years – the Jayhawk Conference.”
Last season, Long scored a career high 41 points in a win over conference foe Coffeyville, making a school record 10 3-pointers in that contest. In addition, he posted a 30-point effort in a win over Cowley County, going 15-of-18 from the free throw line in that game.
Long said he was proud to be coming to ETSU.
“Signing to play Division I basketball is a dream come true for me,” Long said. “I developed a great relationship with Coach Penny (Brian Collins) along with the rest of the staff at ETSU. They really showed me that I could be a better player than I already am. The opportunity to play for a winning program and a staff like this was something I could not pass on. I’m so excited to be a Buc.”
Long joins signees Jason Williams (Detroit), David Burrell (Milwaukee) and Devontavius Payne (Carbondale, Ill.) as members of the Bucs’ 2016-17 recruiting class.
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