ECU lands former FSU guard Terry Whisnant

Former Florida State shooting guard Terry Whisnant will transfer to ECU with two years left of eligibility. He talked to Inside ECU Sports about his move.

Former Florida State shooting guard Terry Whisnant announced (via Twitter) that he will transfer to East Carolina University. Due to NCAA rules, he will have to sit out next season and won't be able to suit up for the Pirates until 2014-2015.

The 6-foot-3, 185 pound Cherryville, N.C. native has two years left of eligibility and during his sophomore campaign at FSU, averaged 5.2 points per game.

He told Inside ECU Sports that he began talking to ECU coaches two weeks ago.

"I love the coaching staff," said Whisnant. "I felt like I need to be somewhere else. I needed a fresh start and felt like (ECU) was the best fit."

Following a season in which they captured both the ACC regular season crown and conference tournament, Florida State struggled in 2012-2013. They finished 18-16 under head coach Leonard Hamilton, and earlier this week, fell just short of landing the No. 1 recruit in the country, Andrew Wiggins.

Whisnant's father, Terry Sr., played linebacker at North Carolina after turning down offers to play basketball for Wake Forest and Clemson, but despite growing up a fan of the Tarheels, Whisnant says he was aware of all of the happenings at ECU.

"I knew they were a school rebuilding, basketball-wise. Now I feel it's a good opportunity to make history," said Whisnant.

The Pirates rewrote a lot of the school's history books in 2012-2013, tying their most wins in program history (23) and winning their first postseason tournament in the College Postseason Tournament.

A common practice synonymous with recruiting or incoming transfers is comparing their attributes and abilities to other players who excelled somewhere else. Fair or not, look no further than current sharpshooter and former Rhode Island transfer, Akeem Richmond, for comparison,

Similar to Richmond, who hit the game-winning shot in April's CIT championship, Whisnant was known to be a sharpshooter for the Seminoles. He made 32 three-pointers in 2012-2013, which was tied for second on the team, behind only Michael Snaer.

"My game is shooting a lot of three's, getting up and down the floor, and attacking the basket," said Whisnant.

With point guard Miguel Paul graduating, the ‘attacking' mentality is a quality head coach Jeff Lebo hopes to find in Paul's replacement(s) this fall and will likely make Whisnant more valuable when he's eligible to hit the floor in 2014.

He said he has visited ECU before, but never for a sporting event. Though Whisnant did mention he knew how rowdy the Pirate Nation can get and is excited about playing playing in front of them next fall.

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