Recruiting Roundup: Class of 2015

Just months away from opening tip off in Minges Coliseum, IES takes a look at the newest Pirates that will take the court this season.

Starting off with three-star recruit Kentrell Barkley from Northern Durham High School (NC). The 6-foot-5, 180-pound small forward brings a combination of length and athletic ability to East Carolina’s basketball program. While standing at 6-foot-5, Barkley has a lengthy wingspan of 6-foot-11.

The small forward is ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the state and 97th in the nation by Phenom Hoops Report. As a junior at Northern Durham, Barkley was named to third-team all-state by North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (NCBCA).

Barkley led the Northern Durham team to the third round of the 2014 N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A playoffs and finished with an overall record of 26-3.

Barkley also received offers from Cincinnati, Virginia Tech and VCU.

Deng Riak from the state Florida also signed his National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at ECU this past year.

The 6-foot-10-inch, 220-pound power forward is a native of Melbourne, Australia, where he played on the country's 17-and-under national team. The forward attended prep school at Victory Rock Prep in Bradenton, Fla., where he averaged 12 points and eight rebounds this past season.

"Our staff is very excited about the addition of Deng to our team," said head coach Jeff Lebo. "We believe that he has the skill set for a guy his size that will help elevate our program in the American Athletic Conference."

Riak had a list of offers that included Florida, Virginia Tech, Florida International, Florida Atlantic and Florida Gulf Coast.

ECU was able to bring in another Florida recruit when Clarence Williams committed to play for the Pirates. Spending time at Trinity Valley Community College Williams was a part of the No. 2 ranked junior college program in the country.

The 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward led the team in rebounding and was ranked in the top five in scoring at Trinity. Before playing for Trinity as a sophomore, Williams helped TVCC (Texas) compile a 29-7 record, while advancing to the quarterfinals of the national championship tournament.

Before enrolling at TVCC, Williams attended Druid Hills High School in Atlanta, where he averaged nearly 16 points and 10 rebounds per game as senior.

The latest commitment from the class of 2015 came from Charles Foster. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard 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.

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

“I love the pick and roll offense, I love working off of the ball screens,” Foster said. “They’re all winners at ECU, they work hard, 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.”

East Carolina opens the 2014-15 campaign on Friday night, Nov. 14, against N.C. Wesleyan. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.


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