Bartow announces signing of 6-11 post Seth Coy
Friday, May 2, 2008


            JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 1, 2008) - ETSU head basketball coach Murry Bartow announced Friday that the Buccaneers have received a national letter of intent from Seth Coy of Montgomery, Ind. The 6-11, 240-pound center becomes the fourth member of the Bucs' 2008-09 signing class.


            Coy just completed his prep career at Washington High School, the same program that produced one of the nation's top players this season, Tyler Zeller, who has signed with North Carolina. Coy averaged 13.6 points and 9.8 rebounds a contest as he and Zeller helped propel Washington High to a Class 3A state championship, which is the second highest class in Indiana.


            "We're really pleased to have Seth joining our program," said Bartow, whose team is coming off a 19-13 season and will be losing its most proven post player in senior Andrew Reed (Port Richey, Fla.). "We obviously have a need in the paint and Seth's size is certainly a positive for us. He's played alongside one of the country's top recruits and we believe he has a great upside and potential."


            Coy said his visit to ETSU earlier this week was the deciding factor for him.


            "I came down there expecting it to be like any other visit I've been on," Coy said. "But when I met the coaches there was something different about them, and the guys really treated me like part of the team. It was like I had been there for three years. For me, knowing the team doesn't have someone to play my role right now was also interesting, and I hope I can be a success for the team and help them get back to the NCAA Tournament."


Along with averaging a near double-double his senior season, Coy enjoyed some impressive single game numbers. He had 33 points and 26 rebounds in one contest, tying the school record for rebounds in a game, and he netted 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the state final game.


            "I've been the coach here for three years, and in that time I've seen Seth improve immensely on both ends of the floor," said Washington High head coach Gene Miiller, whose team finished ranked No. 1 overall in Indiana by Sagarin. "He runs the floor well, has developed into a good shooter and can really pass the ball from the perimeter. Seth shot 67 percent from the field which was the fourth best percentage in our school's history. To be honest, he was our second option on offense and on a team with Tyler Zeller that says something."


            Coy said playing with Zeller was obviously important in his development.


            "It has made me a much better player," Coy said. "It's odd having one 7-footer on a team, but having two is even more different. Playing against a guy my size with that kind of talent was a great opportunity. Every day I tried to play hard and make him better, which only helped me improve too."


Coy becomes the fourth member of ETSU's 2008-09 recruiting class, joining shooting guard Jarvis Jones (Memphis), forward J.C. Ward (Marietta, Ga.) and point guard Adam Sollazzo (Tampa, Fla.). The Bucs still have one scholarship to award this season.


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