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2006-07 Pirate Basketball Recruiting


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 06.21.06.

Compiled by Al Myatt

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length profiles by Thad Mumau.)

GABE BLAIR (6-8, 216) F, Kings Mountain (NC) Hope Christian ... Outplayed national top five recruits Thaddeus Young of Memphis and Brandan Wright of Nashville, TN in AAU play during the summer of 2005. ... That sparked recruiting interest from programs such as Colorado State, St. Bonaventure, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Virginia. Blair's AAU/prep coach Rod Seaford said the persistence of ECU coach Ricky Stokes was the deciding factor in Blair's decision to come to ECU. Blair visited ECU and Colorado State and canceled the remainder of his scheduled campus visits. ... Seaford has coached former North Carolina standouts Antwan Jamison and Rashad McCants as well as Wake Forest player Justin Gray on the AAU level. ... Hope Christian's playing dates in Eastern NC this season include a doubleheader at Terra Ceia Academy outside of Washington, NC on Nov. 18 at 8:30 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 3:30 p.m. as well as a game at Charis Prep of Goldsboro on Feb. 3. ... Seaford said Blair's shooting range extends behind the arc. Seaford credited Blair's athleticism but said he needs to work on his strength and ball handling. ... Played for a private school in Columbia, SC last season but now resides with a brother and his legal guardians in Kings Mountain.

BRANDON EVANS (6-1, 185) G, Jackson, TN, Liberty Technology Magnet High ... made official visit to ECU and signed on May 3. ... initially committed to Murray State but was granted a release from the Racers when former coach Mick Cronin accepted the head coaching position at Cincinnati. ... averaged 19.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.1 steals in leading Liberty Tech to the state 2-A title last season. ... High school team finished with 33-4 record for 2005-06 ... credited the friendly atmosphere at ECU and his like of the coaching staff in his decision to become a Pirate. ... Played two seasons at Fayetteville (NC) Westover before his family moved to Tennessee. ... projects as a shooting guard at ECU. ... part on intent to strengthen the perimeter by Coach Ricky Stokes. ... AAU club was Midstate Ballerz. ... rated a 3-star prospect by ... also had a college offer from Atlantic Sun Conference member Lipscomb.

CORY FARMER (6-3, 185) G, Tallahassee (FL) Community College ... played for Pirate assistant coach Larry Dixon when Dixon served as head coach at Garinger High in Charlotte. ... played two seasons of juco ball ... Schools showing interest in Farmer included Alabama, Appalachian State, UTEP and College of Charleston. ... Tallahassee CC went 31-4 last season and won the Florida Community College championship. ... An All (Florida) Panhandle Conference selection after averaging 10.1 points per game ... His team also captured the Juco Region VII championship. ... Farmer helped the Eagles to an appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association championship game this past season. ... started all 35 games in 2005-06 for TCC ... Farmer scored a career-high 26 points against Pensacola Junior College, hitting 8-of-12 field goal attempts and 8-of-10 from the foul line. ... projects as a shooting guard at ECU with two years of college eligibility remaining. ... Committed to ECU on April 27.

JOHN FIELDS (6-9, 210) F, Fayetteville (NC) Jack Britt ... Averaged 19.1 points last season in helping Fayetteville Academy to the semifinals of the state 2-A independent schools tournament. ... Coached by Ike Walker, Jr. at Britt. ... Very agile and long, averaging 3.5 blocks as a junior and 7.0 rebounds per game. ... Had a good showing at scout Bob Smith's camp at Guilford in the summer of 2005 and followed that with a good effort at a national AAU tournament in Orlando. ... Played AAU for the Greenville-based Carolina Crusaders. ... Marshall, St. Bonaventure and Penn State among the schools who showed interest in the first commitment for the 2006 ECU recruiting class of Pirates coach Ricky Stokes. ... Fields said one factor in Stokes' favor was that he helped develop big men Rodney Rogers and Tim Duncan at Wake Forest. ... Some questions about his parents home location led to his transfer from Britt to Fayetteville Academy in early November last season. ... Walker said the Fields family has since moved into the Britt district. ... Walker said priorities in Fields' skill development are extending his shooting range and playing with his back to the basket. ... Walker is the son of Ike Walker Sr. who coached former Duke star Robert Brickey and current Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Jimmy Ray during his 31-year career as boys basketball coach at Fayetteville E.E. Smith High School. ... Britt made the 4-A regionals in Greenville in 2002 and 2003. ... Britt's colors, coincidently, are purple and gold and the school's athletic nickname is Buccaneers.

HILLARY HALEY (6-6, 195) F, Fort Washington, MD, Friendly High School ... Averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds for his prep team, coached by Oliver Walker, during the 2004-05 season. ... rated a top prospect in the District of Columbia metropolitan area by The Washington Post. ... ECU coach Ricky Stokes saw Haley play for an AAU team, the Blue Devils, in July. ... "He's a guy who can score, an athlete who can play," Stokes said. "He's a big swing man and that's something we don't have. He can help inside or outside."

DARRELL JENKINS (5-11, 175) G, College of Southern Idaho ... Born in Anaheim, CA, but grew up in Marietta, GA ... Mother is from California and has appeared on the daytime drama, General Hospital. ... orginally committed to Northern Iowa before visiting ECU ... averaged 8.7 points and 4.1 assists per game ... left-handed ... seven of his teammates at Southern Idaho are moving on to Division I programs. ... Coached at CSI by Barret Peery ... ECU assistant Chris Ferguson recruited Jenkins to Tennessee when Jenkins was at Lassiter High in Marietta. ... started 28 of 32 games last season and averaged 9.1 points and 4.3 assists per game in helping his team to the NJCAA championship tournament. ... He began his collegiate career as a walk-on at UNLV, but did not play, before spending his freshman campaign at Santa Ana College. ... Jenkins completed his secondary education at the Aristar Learning Center in Irvine, CA. ... projected point guard has two years of eligibility remaining. ... visited ECU on April 21 and committed a week later. ... also received an offer from Cal-Riverside on April 28.

CHAD WYNN (6-11, 255) C, Marietta,Ga., North Atlanta Prep ... Averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots at Mariettta High School last season for Coach Charlie Hood. ... Wynn was a high school senior last year and signed with Georgia State but missed slightly on a qualifying SAT score, according to Hood. ... "A great kid," Hood said. "He was a young kid who hadn't played much and he got better and better." ... Wynn is at a new program, North Atlanta Prep, this season. ... "Tim Freeman, who put this prep school together, called us," said ECU coach Ricky Stokes. "We were excited because he was available. He has a nice scoring touch and he's a big body, which is something we don't have. He's a guy who can score, rebound and block shots." ... Hood said Miami (FL) also had been interested in Wynn.

Copyright 2006 Compiled from staff reports. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without specific written permission, and then only in accordance with the terms and restrictions of that permission.

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