Pirates Mine In-State Talent

Jontae Sherrod, a guard out of the eastern part of North Carolina, is headed to Conference USA. Sherrod attended the Pirates team camp and they liked him enough to get ahead of the curve and offer a scholarship.

The East Carolina Pirates used their team camp to find themselves a new guard. Jontae Sherrod, a 6-foot-3, 180 pounder out of Tarboro (N.C.) High, committed to the Pirates days before the start of the July evaluation period.

"I went to basketball camp and they saw me play in a game and they told me after the first game that they wanted to offer me a scholarship," Sherrod said. The guard had received interest but not any offers from Western Carolina, UNC-Wilmington, College of Charleston, Elon and VCU.

He averaged 23 points a game last season but still went undetected in the Tar Heel State. "I think probably because I go to Tarboro," Sherrod said of his lower profile. "It's a small school."

Regardless of his the size of his high school, Sherrod will play for the Pirates in Conference USA. "It was close to home and the were the only ones who had an offer on the table at the time. I really liked the coaching staff."

Apparently, the feeling was mutual.

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