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USMAN HARUNA (7-0, 215) C, Bismarck State College … A native of Kaduna, Nigeria, Haruna had offers from Charlotte, Duquesne, Iona, Jacksonville, North Carolina A&T, Stetson and Virginia Commonwealth. … Memphis reportedly had interest. … Haruna averaged 9.8 points, hit 51.1 percent of his field goal attempts and controlled 11.1 rebounds per game for the Mystics as a sophomore in 2016-17. … The team averaged 94.6 points while compiling an 11-15 overall record. … Haruna averaged 10.3 points as a junior college freshman. … Haruna should provide some much-needed length for ECU in 2017-18 as Andre Washington completed his eligibility and Deng Riak opted to transfer. … Played on the high school level at Potters House Christian Academy in Jacksonville, FL. … Committed to the Pirates on May 5. (Image source: 247sports.com)
JUSTIN WHATLEY (6-8, 180), F, Oscar Smith High School, Chesapeake, VA … Whatley signed with East Carolina on April 19. … Averaged eight points and eight rebounds, according to The Virginian-Pilot, after moving from Oklahoma last year. … The Tigers went 23-3. … Oscar Smith is coached by LaVar Griffin. … A 49-47 loss to Landstown stopped an 11-game winning streak for the Tigers in the 6-A South region quarterfinals. … Pirates coach Jeff Lebo evaluated Whatley personally after he was contacted by Griffin. … Whatley also received an offer from Grambling State. (Image source: The Virginian-Pilot)