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2008-09 Pirate Basketball Recruiting Class


YEAR-BY-YEAR RECRUITING CLASSES 2013-14 12-13 11-12 10-11 09-10 08-09 07-08 06-07 05-06 04-05 03-04

Thumbnail sketches of players who have committed to ECU




Page last updated 08.08.07

Compiled by Al Myatt

CHRIS KUPETS (5-11, 175) G, Patterson School, Lenoir, NC ... Hometown: Athens, GA ... Prep team was ranked No. 1 for much of the 2007-08 season, featuring seven players who signed Division I scholarships including Courtney Fortson (Arkansas), Nate Miles (Connecticut), Matt Simpkins (Memphis) and Varez Ward (Texas). ... played on the high school level at Cedar Shoals in Athens, GA, leading his team to a 27-2 record as a senior with a 25.3 scoring average while handing out six assists per game. ... Chose between the Pirates and Houston with favorable impressions from a campus visit influencing his decision to join the ECU program. ... sisters Ashley and Courtney have been outstanding gymnasts at Georgia.. [Posted 06.21.08] (Read 08.08.08 special feature by Bethany Bradsher.)

DARRIUS MORROW (6-8, 250) PF, Decatur (GA) Columbia ... originally signed with South Carolina but was granted his release by the Gamecocks after Dave Odom announced his resignation as USC coach ... made second-team All-Georgia Class 4-A as selected by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ... Averaged 14.5 points and 11.2 rebounds in leading team to the 2008 4-A state title, their second state championship in three seasons. ... Morrow was MVP of the 2008 state championship game. ... Immediate playing time was a recruiting enticement for Morrow, who is rated the 30th-best power forward prospect in the nation by ... ECU hoops assistant Darryl LaBarrie, a Decatur native who played at Georgia Tech, was influential in Morrow's recruitment. [Posted 05.09.08]

RAHEEM SMITH (6-2, 190) G, Louisburg (NC) College ... Former Greenville Rose standout will have three seasons of eligibility at ECU beginning with the 2008-09 campaign. ... Averaging 15 points and 4.4 rebounds for the Hurricanes at the time of his signing. ... Smith sat out the 2006-07 season to focus on academics. ... Capable of playing either point or wing guard, according to Pirates coach Mack McCarthy. ... Averaged 21.2 points, 6.8 assists and 4.7 rebounds as a senior at Rose. Smith was a three-time all-conference selection for the Rampants, finishing as the school's all-time leader in assists and its second leading scorer. ... Former Pitt County player of the year as selected by the Greenville Daily Reflector newspaper. ... Played in the 2006 North Carolina-South Carolina All-Star game. ... Smith is the only player to sign with ECU during the fall period. [Posted 12.17.07]

CHRIS TURNER (6-5, 180) G, Humble (Texas) Christian Life Center ... signed a national letter of intent with East Carolina on May 8. ... will join the program at ECU in the fall prior to the 2008-09 season. ... a native of Durham ... ECU coach Mack McCarthy likes his creative abilities as a scorer ... Turner's team was 31-10 last season as he averaged 24 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. ... rated by as the 10th best prospect in Texas. ... has excellent shooting range in addition to athleticism which allows him to penetrate and finish. ... coached by Carlos Wilson at Humble Christian Life Center ... Wilson said Turner is the "total package" because of his defensive ability. [Posted 05.09.08]

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