ECU adds 2015 JUCO guard

JUCO recruit Charles Foster committed to ECU last week. Inside ECU Sports caught up with the guard.

After a short visit to Greenville last week, East Carolina added JUCO guard Charles Foster to its 2015 recruiting class.

Foster played at Trinity High School (KY) and was a part of the 2012 team that won a state title. In the state championship game, he helped lead the Trinity shamrocks to a victory while scoring a team-high of 18 points.

After originally committing in his senior season to play college basketball at Morehead State University, Foster recommitted after a coaching change and decided to attend Vincennes University in Indiana.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard spent the last two years at Vincennes. Foster helped the Trailblazers to a 33-2 record while nearly shooting 45 percent from the field. He averaged 14.4 points and four assists per game a season ago.

Foster noted the atmosphere surrounding ECU caught his eye and he is looking forward to transferring to the school in the fall.

“I really like campus, the dorms are really nice, it’s a real college town, everything is involved with the kids,” Foster said.

Spending two days in eastern North Carolina, Foster was able to too spend a lot of time with coach Jeff Lebo. His relationship with Lebo was a big factor in his commitment.

“I love coach Lebo’s background, being a point guard he played under Dean Smith, and he played in the All-American games, he knows what he is doing and I’m ready to learn from him,” Foster said.

After spending two years at Vincennes, where they mostly ran a ball screen offense, Foster is confident that his skill set will fit in perfectly when he arrives at ECU.

“I love the pick and roll offense, I love working off of the ball screens,” Foster said. “They’re all winners, they work, and they hate losing, and they do whatever it takes to win. They have each other’s back, they’re really good teammates, it’s like a big family.”

Basketball runs in Foster’s family. His cousin, Demetruis Green was a former McDonald’s All-American and first-team all-state player in Kentucky and went on to play at Middle Tennessee State. Foster’s aunt, Chantelle Dishman played four years at Florida State University.

Despite having two years of college experience, Foster was quick to point out what he needs to improve on before arriving in the fall.

“My defense, shooting and ball handling can always get better. But I definitely want to gain some more weight,” Foster said.

It’s not all about what’s on the court, though. Finding a school that carried his Sociology major was just as big of a factor, according to the guard.

“That’s why I picked ECU, they are really good in my major, so that helped me a lot,” Foster said.

Foster now joins Deng Riak, Kentrell Barkley and Clarence Williams as a part of the 2015 class.

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