East Tennessee State completed its 2012-13 basketball recruiting class Monday with the announcement of two signings.
Forward Ron Giplaye, a transfer from Providence College, and swingman Yunio Barrueta of Miami will give the Bucs six newcomers on their roster this fall. Barrueta is already on campus and taking part in team workouts, while Giplaye will arrive in Johnson City for the start of fall semester. He’ll have to sit out this season and then have two years of eligibility remaining.
The Bucs had an additional scholarship to offer after swingman Charles Hammork, a junior-college signee from New Orleans, was unable to meet NCAA academic eligibility requirements.
“We are very pleased with the way we are wrapping up this recruiting class,” said coach Murry Bartow said. “With Charles not working out for us, we were left with two open spots. We think both Ron and Yunio will be able to help us.”
Giplaye is a 6-foot-6, 230-pounder who played in 26 games as a sophomore at Providence, starting in 12. He averaged 1.3 points and 2.0 rebounds a game, while shooting 46 percent from the floor. During his high school career in Lowell, Mass., Giplaye averaged 18 points and 13 rebounds at Notre Dame Prep, and his team finished as the fifth-ranked squad in the nation in 2009-10.
“He’s a big body and should definitely help us on the interior,” said Bartow. “He played in the Big East, so he obviously has high-major talent. His greatest strength is his ability to rebound and defend the post.”
Barrueta, a 6-foot-4, 213-pound swingman, was born in Cuba but moved to the United States with his family at the age of five. He proceeded to develop into an All-Dade County high school player, averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds during his senior season while leading Hialeah Gardens to a state championship in Florida.
“Yunio played 8A basketball in Florida, which is the highest level in that state, and his team won the state title,” said Bartow. “That says something to put up the numbers he did as a senior at that level. He’s very athletic and can score the basketball. In many ways he reminds us of a Mike Smith-type player, with a lot of grit and tenacity on both ends of the floor.”
Giplaye and Barrueta join junior-college transfers Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard (Georgetown, S.C.) and Hunter Harris (Nashville), as well as high school guards Mario Stramaglia (Birmingham, Ala.) and Lorenzo “Petey” McClain (Mobile, Ala.) as the six players comprising the team’s 2012-13 recruiting class.