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O'Field joins ETSU recruiting class

staff reports • Nov 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM

East Tennessee State has received its second basketball commitment of the early signing period.

Maurice O’Field, a 6-5, 195-pound wing from Cleveland, Ohio, will bring eye-catching potential to the program next season, says coach Murry Bartow.

“This kid is super athletic, just a phenomenal athlete, and we can really use a player like him at that position,” said Bartow. “He has a great work ethic and is a humble, fun kid to be around.”

O’Field stuffed the stat sheet as a junior at Cleveland Heights High School, averaging 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. He reportedly was recruited by West Virginia and Ohio, among others, but said ETSU just felt right on his visit.

“Coach Bartow and coach (Mike) Boyd made me feel at home there,” said O’Field. “When I looked at everything on campus and met the team, it seemed like the right place for me.”

O’Field joins A.J. Merriweather of Jackson as early signees. Merriweather is a 6-4, 195-pound swingman who plays at South Side High School.

“A.J. is more of a guard, sort of a 2-3,” said Bartow. “Maurice is more of a 3. They’re both really good players, and in terms of people, these are great kids.”

The early signings leave ETSU with just one remaining scholarship, assuming Lukas Poderis returns to the team next season. Poderis suffered an Achilles tendon injury in the preseason and is redshirting.———

East Tennessee State head women’s basketball coach Karen Kemp announced that Shamauria Bridges has signed to play for the Lady Bucs starting in the 2013-14 season.

Bridges, a 5-foot-5 left-handed guard from Miramar, Fla., helped guide Hollywood Christian to the 2010 high school state championship. She helped her team compile 76 wins over three seasons.

Bridges averaged 12.9 points, four assists, three steals and three rebounds per game en route to being named second team All-Broward County in 2011-12. Bridges — who was also second team All-State after leading the Eagles to a runner-up finish at the state championship as a junior — averaged 14.0 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals per game in the state tournament. In 2010-11, Hollywood Christian finished fourth at the ESPN RISE National Championship and ranked 33rd in the ESPN Fab 50 rankings.

“I chose ETSU because the team made me feel like family on my visit and it had my major in forensic science,” said Bridges. “ETSU felt like the perfect fit and hopefully I can help the Lady Bucs win championships.”

The Lady Bucs’ next game is Friday, Nov. 30 when ETSU hosts Memphis at 7 p.m.

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