East Carolina University basketball team has landed their biggest recruit yet. Charles Coleman is a 7-foot center who is ranked as a three-star recruit for 2019’s incoming class, who verbally committed to play for the Pirates on Monday.
ECU had a 10-21 record last season and managed to only win 3 of their 15 American Athletic Conference games. Dooley has had several grad transfers and other recruits commit to play for ECU in 2019, but this has the biggest impact on the team so far.
Coleman was heavily scouted and sought after by several other teams, including several well-known college basketball programs such as Duke University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Georgia.
Conference foes University of Cincinnati and the University of Connecticut were also in talks with Coleman about playing basketball at their respective universities.
Coleman announced his verbal commitment to ECU on Monday, on his personal Twitter account. He had originally committed to the University of Wake Forest, but decommitted to pursue basketball elsewhere.
“I have built very strong relationships over the past four years, but I feel the most comfortable with the relationship I’ve built with Coach Dooley, Coach Chillious and the staff at East Carolina University,” Coleman said in his statement on Twitter.
ECU’s primary recruiting needs have been focused around three-point shooters and improving their overall size as a team. Having a seven foot center to help relieve the rebounding from others will have a huge effect on the team.
Last season, freshman forward Jayden Gardner and redshirt junior forward Seth LeDay were the team’s primary rebounders. With the lack of any centers on the team, sophomore forward Demetri Spasojevich was forced to play the role and has since entered the NCAA transfer portal.
Having Coleman, a player who can handle the rebounding, will allow ECU to improve on their offensive capabilities. The University of Memphis has been applying pressure on other AAC teams with their No. 1 ranked recruiting class. In response, ECU has made a huge step to improve their basketball team and to be able to go head-to-head with every team they face.