Elon, WCU, Coastal Add Recruits

Programs at Western Carolina and Elon added recruits this week. Plus, Hargrave put its 11th player with a Division I school this season.

Kevin Keatts' Hargrave program placed its 11th recruit in Division I basketball this season. Chris Long, a 6-foot-1 point guard, picked Elon after visiting last weekend.

"I think he's going to solve some point guard issues," Keatts told Scout.com. "What he is what a lot of guys don't have. He's a legitimate point guard who can run a team and knock down a shot. A lot of teams take that for granted until they don't have one of those guys."

Hargrave usually puts a ton of prospects in Division I basketball but Keatts was especially proud of breaking double-digits again this season. "That's what we set out to do: all 11 guys are now committed to Division I schools."


Dallas (Ga.) East Paulding center Jon Pack is headed to Coastal Carolina. After considering offers from Toledo and Jacksonville, Pack picked Buzz Peterson's program this weekend.

"Honestly, the coaching staff was really great," Pack said. "Coach Boynton came to one game and we blew out a team and that's when they offered. Then they came to a game and we got beat. He still was supportive and said he was here for the show and bad games are a part of it. You got to know that coaching staff and they're real.

In Coastal, Pack saw opportunity. "I'm going to be the center. They needed big men."


Larry Hunter's Western Carolina program's search for a big man is over.

The Catamounts accepted a commitment from Atlanta (Ga.) Lakeside product Richie Gordon. The 6-foot-7 power forward pulled the trigger over the weekend.

"He's a big active kid," Inner Strength AAU coach Buck Jenkins said. "He's a great defensive player and rebounder. He'll run and make athletic plays. The main thing he's got to work on is his offensive game and the other parts he has down pretty good."

UNC-Greensboro, Wofford, Alabama A&M, Prairie View and Southern were his schools but none offered the chances for early success that WCU presented.

"The opportunity. He sees a chance where he can go there and help right away. They have a need for a player like him and he saw it as a good fit. He really enjoyed Coach Hunter."


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