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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 11, 2007) - ETSU men's basketball coach Murry Bartow announced Friday that the Buccaneers had received three letters of intent for the upcoming 2007-08 season.
With five scholarships to give in the recruiting class, this initial trio includes 6-foot-4, 210-pound guard/small forward Tommy Hubbard (
"With the loss of Brad (Nuckles) and Eryk (
Hubbard, a standout at St. Mark's School in
"Tommy is just a very tough perimeter player," Bartow said. "He's got a chance to come here and immediately be one of our defensive stoppers. And even though he's a great defender, he can also score the basketball."
Brown, a star at
"Without a doubt Isiah has a wealth of potential," Bartow said. "He's only 17, but we're really excited about the athleticism he brings and he reminds us of a young Andrew Reed. He's a great interior passer and has the ability to be an inside/outside player for us."
Hamlin, a key contributor to Mott Community College's NJCAA Division II National Championship, helped lead MCC to a perfect 18-0 conference record and impressive 35-3 overall mark. On a team that utilized a rotation of as many as 12 players and emphasized defense, Hamlin averaged 4.6 points and 3.0 rebounds a game, hitting on 55 percent of his shots from the field and 70 percent from the foul line.
"Greg's style of play and his athleticism fit into our system well," Bartow said. "He's played in a pressing/trapping style in junior college and he just knows how to defend and rebound. Playing on a national championship team and for a program that has been successful, Greg knows what to expect and what we will demand."
With two scholarships still to give and only six more days left in the national signing period for letters of intent, Bartow said he and his coaching staff are hard at work to fill the remaining two scholarships they have available. However, the Bucs are not in a hurry.
"Ideally, we would like to finalize everything now, but we're just not going to take someone if we don't think they are an overall good fit for our program," Bartow said. "If we don't sign anyone by the 16th, we will continue to look throughout the summer and get the type of players we need in here for the fall semester."