Both Kell High School (Marietta, Ga.) forward Grant Bryant and Blanche Ely High School (Hollywood, Fla.) point guard Lance Tejada came true on their pledges to ECU in September.
Tejada made it official at his high school he was taking his basketball talents by signing his letter of intent to East Carolina Wednesday morning.
Tejada, the 96th overall recruit in ESPN's top 100, committed to the Pirates in September, along with Grant Bryant, and never wavered. Now that he has signed, he feels as if a weight has been lifted off of him.
It's a feeling every athlete wants to feel," said Tejada. "All the hard work you put in to get to this point to get a full ride by doing what you love is priceless"
Being from Florida, Tejada said it was unlikely he would be able to attend a game in Minges this season despite his senior season at Blanche Ely not starting until Nov. 26.
"I plan on coming back for a game, when they come play by me," said Tejada.
Thanks in part to Conference USA adding Florida International and Florida Atlantic, that is now a possibility. The Pirates will face both schools on the road in January.
As for Bryant, the 6-foot-6, 185-pounder said he has been impressed with ECU's up-and-coming program and is already counting down the days until he comes to Greenville.
"It feels great to be a part of the ECU family," said Bryant. "It means a lot to be a Pirate. I can't wait to start the journey with coach (Jeff) Lebo and make history for ECU basketball."
Bryant has been in close-contact with Tejada, who visited ECU's brand new practice facility, the Williams-Smith Center, among other things on his visit, and loved what he had heard. Also, he mentioned in September that he first heard about the school from watching them on ESPN's Sportscenter during the Pirates' CIT Championhip run.
Both Tejada and Bryant committed to ECU on the same weekend and after his commitment, Bryant says he has kept close tabs on the program and plans to visit for a game soon. "I talk to coach Potosnak and Lebo pretty often and the players about their wins," said Bryant. "I plan on coming to a game soon."
Kell's season has already begun and Bryant is looking forward to facing Harrison High School (Kennesaw, Ga.) on Saturday. The same school his future teammate, Marshall Guilmette, attended before making an immediate impact at ECU as a freshman. Both players are expected to make an immediate impact on next year's team as freshmen.