JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 12, 2018) – ETSU men’s basketball head coach Steve Forbes announced Thursday that junior college transfer Tray Boyd (Memphis) has signed a national letter of intent to join the Buccaneers’ program.
Boyd, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Northwest Florida State College, ranked as the 35th best junior college player in the country after averaging 14.8 points per game this past season as he helped lead his team to a 31-3 record. For the season, Boyd shot 45 percent from 3-point range and 78 percent at the foul line, making 106 3-pointers on the year, which ranked 11th nationally.
“Tray is a tremendous offensive player,” said Forbes, whose team is coming of three-straight 20-win seasons and back-to-back-to-back visits to the Southern Conference Tournament title game. “Not only is he a prolific 3-point shooter, but he can score off the bounce in a variety of ways. He has very good size to create his own shot and his length will help him become a very good defender.”
After his prep career at Olive Branch High School in Memphis, Boyd was an All-Panhandle and All-Region selection in junior college, as his NFSC team captured both the Panhandle and Region 8 championships on its way to an Elite Eight appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament.
Northwest Florida head coach Steve DeMeo said the Bucs are getting a player that does not shy away from making plays in critical moments.
“Tray is one of the best scorers I’ve seen in a while,” DeMeo said. “The bigger the moment the better player he is.”
Forbes said Boyd’s visit to ETSU was a big turning point in the recruiting process, and he added that the recruiting relationship with Northwest Florida continues to be strong.
“This past December, Tray was in attendance for our win over Georgia Southern in Freedom Hall. He came away very impressed with our crowd and the passion our fans have for ETSU basketball,” Forbes said. “Tray is our third signee from Northwest Florida since we’ve taken the job. They have an elite junior college program and play in one of the best JuCo regions in the country. We are very grateful for our relationship with Steve DeMeo and his staff.”
Boyd joins junior college forward D’Andre Bernard (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), as well as high school recruits Carlos Curtis (Milwaukee), and Daivien Williamson (Winston-Salem, N.C.) as members of the Bucs’ 2018-19 recruiting class. For more on E TSU men’s basketball throughout the 2017-18 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s hoops link.