East Tennessee State has added junior-college forward Darius Forrest to its frontcourt.
Forrest, who is 6-foot-6 and 190 pounds, averaged 13 points and six rebounds per game for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College last season. ETSU announced the addition of the fifth member of this year’s recruiting class on Thursday.
ETSU head coach Murry Bartow said in a release that “we really like what he can do on both ends of the floor.”
“He’s really long and has a great wing span, so we expect him to do a lot defensively for us whether that’s blocking shots or rebounding. Offensively, he has a high basketball IQ, and is a very athletic, capable wing player who can score the basketball.”
Mississippi Gulf Coast coach Wendell Weathers said “he plays hard and is always doing the little things that are the key to winning basketball games, but what most people will be impressed by are his instincts.”
Forrest, a native of Jackson, Miss., was second in scoring for Mississippi Gulf Coast. He shot 46 percent from the floor and 34 percent from 3-point range last season.
“Score, block shots, defend, play hard, that’s what I do,” said Forrest, who netted a 28-point effort in one game last season. “I really liked the coaching staff and the campus at ETSU. I’m excited to get there this summer and start getting ready for the season.”
Forrest joins a recruiting class that already included guard Devin Harris, swingman A.J. Merriweather, swingman Maurice O’Field and guard Jaylen Riley.