East Tennessee State Buccaneers
Head Coach: Murry Bartow (Year 10)
11-12 Finish: 4thin the Atlantic Sun. (10-8 conference, 17-14)
|Fr.||G||Petey McClain||6-0||185||Mobile AL||Faith Academy|
|Fr.||G||Mario Stramaglia||6-2||180||Birmingham AL||Mountianbrook HS|
|Fr.||G||Yunio Barrueta||6-4||215||Miami FL||Hialeah Gardens HS|
|Jr.||F||Hunter Harris||6-7||220||Nashville TN||Volunteer State CC|
|Jr.||F||Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard||6-5||250||Georgetown SC||Roane State CC|
|rsJr.||F||Ron Giplaye||6-6||230||Lowell MA||Providence|
Roster Breakdown: East Tennessee State lost its three best players to graduation, including Adam Sollazzo who earned some attention from NBA teams around draft time. Usually this would be a huge problem, but ETSU has restocked VERY nicely.
Biggest Losses: Sollazzo, Brown and Hubbard are all huge losses for the Bucs.
Sollazzo made First Team All-Atlantic Sun this past season while Hubbard was the heart of the team and a well respected player during the five years he spent at ETSU. Brown was an athletic big body who got the job done nicely.
Biggest Addition: Both junior college (JUCO) transfers, Hunter Harris and Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard are huge additions to the program and should contribute heavily during the next two seasons.
Harris is a 28 year old junior. Yes 28 years old. He chose to play football in high school and took the junior college route to show off his basketball skills. The 6’7” 220 pound forward averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds last year at Volunteer State Community College.
Gadsden-Gilliard is a 6’5” 250 pound forward who averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists last year at Roane State Community College. He should be a huge match-up problem in the Atlantic Sun as he moves extremely well off the dribble for somebody his size and can shoot it from anywhere. He will be able to overpower smaller defenders and take bigger defenders off of the dribble.
Impact Freshman: Petey McClain and Mario Stramaglia were both great gets for Coach Bartow, but we elect McClain as the impact freshman.
He is the only true point guard on the roster so he will definitely play a good amount. He has good vision, athleticism, quickness and can score the ball too. He should be in the debate for Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year before it’s all said and done.
Stramaglia is a sharpshooting guard who may also make some noise as well if he can find some playing time.
Breakout Star: We are going to go with a nontraditional approach on this and roll with redshirt freshman Lester Wilson. The highly athletic 6’4” forward sat out last year to refine his skills, and ETSU is hoping the move will pay dividends this season.
Analysis: While they lost a lot of firepower, they may have gained even more. The fate of their season will depend on how well the incoming class adjusts to the Division I level, because the returners are mostly role players.
ETSU has been known to have over-hyped players in the past, but it’s hard to argue with the success that the JUCO forwards had last year. If McClain can live up to expectations, this will be a very tough team to play against.Follow @KSUOwlHowl