Charleston Southern signs four players to National Letters of Intent
CHARLESTON, SC -
Charleston Southern men's basketball has signed four players to National Letters of Intent in the early signing period, CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh announced on Wednesday.
Irmo High School forward Javis Howard headlines the class, as he signs with the Bucs rated as a top-150 player in the country. Two other South Carolina natives join him in the class, in forward Wesley Johnson (Greenville, S.C. – Eastside High School) and guard Jarryd Coleman (Greenwood, S.C. – Greenwood High School). Guard Danny Upchurch (Fairfield, CT – Putnam Science Academy) rounds out the class for Radebaugh and CSU.
"This is a very important recruiting class for us," Radebaugh said. "We are a veteran team and lose some key players over the next couple of years. We feel this class will keep our talent level high."
"I continue to be so impressed and excited by the recruiting work of our assistant coaches," Radebaugh continued. "BJ (McKie), Ahmad (Smith) and Brad (Dobbels) are effective, skilled and tireless recruiters. They represent CSU and our basketball family with the utmost class. I am thankful for their efforts. They work together as a staff very well."
"Javis, Jarryd, Wesley and Danny are all really talented players and will fit into CSU and our basketball family extremely well. We are not finished. We have six seniors this year and are excited to add a couple more pieces to our 2014 class. I am excited to see this class develop."
Phenom Hoop Report Director of Recruiting Jamie Shaw gave his take on what shapes up as an impressive recruiting class for the Bucs, as they look to continue their success of the last two seasons.
"Barclay Radebaugh and his staff did a good job filling needs with talented players who each bring a different, but complimentary skill set to the Buccaneers," Shaw said. "The common thread for each of these recruits was the relationship the coaching staff set with them. Each player also really takes to a team concept and is excited to be part of the program. They each have already bought into the vision the staff has and are in contact with each other ready to make it happen."
2013 Charleston Southern Basketball Signees
Forward – 6'8" – 210 – Irmo, S.C. – Irmo High School
Howard signed with Charleston Southern following a recruiting process in which he drew heavy interest from over 30 Division I programs. He helped lead Irmo to the SCHSL 4A Upper State Championship last season, as he played alongside University of South Carolina freshman Justin McKie, the son of CSU assistant coach BJ McKie. Howard averaged eight points, five rebounds and three blocked shots per game for Irmo last season, and enjoyed an excellent summer of AAU basketball with the Upward Stars.
Radebaugh on Howard: "Javis is one of the most heavily recruited players we have ever signed. He had 31 legitimate Division I offers. Javis is an extremely athletic, effective athlete. He is 6'8" and runs and jumps extremely well. Javis can score in a variety of ways and plays with great confidence. Javis plays the game the right way. He is a winner and is used to winning championships. Javis players for one of the premiere coaches in America at Irmo High School. Tim Whipple's success at Irmo speaks for itself. Javis also has tremendous character. He has the confidence to be others-oriented. Needless to say, we are thrilled to add Javis to the CSU basketball family."
Phenom Hoop Report's Jamie Shaw on Howard: "The Buccaneers made a big time in-state coupe landing forward Javis Howard out of Irmo High School. Howard played his summer ball with the Upward Stars AAU program. Howard was one of the hottest names throughout the summer receiving upwards of 30 offers. Howard is a versatile player you can do a lot of things with on defense. He will move to be a perimeter four at Charleston Southern and be able to work off of Wes Johnson well. He was a great haul for Charleston Southern, as they showed their chops on the recruiting trail beating a lot of schools.
Guard – 6'3" – 180 – Greenwood, S.C. – Greenwood High School
Coleman will add another shooter to a Charleston Southern team that finished second in the country in made three-pointers per game last season. He has good size at 6'3" and averaged 16 points, five rebounds and three assists for Greenwood High School and coach Kelcey Stevens last year.
Radebaugh on Coleman: "I have wanted to add Jarryd to our roster for a long time. Jarryd is the best shooter in South Carolina and will fit into our style perfectly. Jarryd has NBA range and is a gifted offensive player. We saw Jarryd play four years ago at an AAU game. He hit nine three-pointers and we took note of that performance and have followed him closely since that game. Jarryd is a committed player and comes from a terrific family. He is going to have an outstanding senior season and has a bright future at CSU."
Phenom Hoop Report's Jamie Shaw on Coleman: "Coleman played his summer ball on the EYBL circuit with the Southern Stampede program. Charleston Southern was on Coleman for a long time and their relationship in the end made them the choice for Coleman. Coleman is a shooter with some size. He possesses the skill that translates everywhere. His shot is quick and he is able to put it on the floor from the wing and starting to be able to create for himself. His game is growing and Charleston Southern will get the best of him.
Upchurch is coming off an outstanding season for Putnam Science Academy in 2012-13, as the point guard averaged 25 points, seven assists and four steals per game. He led coach Tom Espinosa's Putnam squad with his ability to shoot from the outside and create for himself and others off the dribble.
Radebaugh on Upchurch: "Danny is the type of guard we have become accustomed to at CSU. He can play either guard position, has a great feel for the game and can really score. He is currently playing for a top-ten prep school at Putnam Science. Danny led the state of Connecticut in scoring as a senior. He is athletic and a willing defender. He is going to get invaluable experience playing at Putnam Science this season for Coach Tom Espinosa. Danny, like the rest of our recruiting class, is a young man with outstanding character. He is also an overcomer and has worked tirelessly to become a highly recruited Division I player."
Phenom Hoop Report's Jamie Shaw on Upchurch: "The Buccaneers closed out the class with their point guard of choice, Danny Upchurch. Upchurch is 6' and attends Putnam Science Academy out of Fairfield, Connecticut. Upchurch played his summer ball with the Westchester Hawks AAU program. Upchurch is an attack minded guard who likens himself to Saah Nimley, the current point guard at Charleston Southern. He is a shot-making lead guard who is very quick and athletic. Upchurch has made huge strides in the last couple years with his understanding of the game and offensive concepts. He has always been a very good on-ball defender, known as one of the better ones in New England.
Forward – 6'8" – 210 – Greenville, S.C. – Eastside High School
Along with Howard, Johnson will add size to Charleston Southern's frontline. Johnson posted a solid season for Eastside High School last season, averaging eight points, five rebounds and three blocks a game. He plays alongside Howard with the Upward Stars AAU team and showed an expanded offensive repertoire over the summer as well.
Radebaugh on Johnson: "Wesley is a 6'8" skilled post player. He had an outstanding summer playing for his Upward AAU team and a successful junior season at Eastside High School. Wesley is just scratching the surface. We feel like he is going to be a really good college player. Wesley is first a winner on and off the court and second a rare player these days in that he can score with his back to the basket. Wesley has an unbelievable work ethic and is getting better daily. His size will help us absorb the loss next year of Allie and Greg. We are looking forward to adding Wesley to our basketball family. He is going to be a terrific college player."
Phenom Hoop Report's Jamie Shaw on Johnson: "Johnson played his summer ball with the Upward Stars AAU program. His steady progression over the last year landed him with around fifteen offers. Johnson is a long kid with wide shoulders and is not afraid to work. In a couple of years, Johnson is a true back to the basket big, and he knows that. He will get rebounds and be a work horse in the post."
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