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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 rivals.com. ...
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
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.
(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
(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.
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