Ronnie Moore

Three Basketball Players to Transfer

Three players have announced that they are transferring from the East Carolina basketball program, but the Pirates also have added a new commitment.

Only a few weeks removed from East Carolina’s loss to South Florida in the American Athletic Conference tournament, three Pirates are now transferring. Lance Tejada, Grant Bryant and Charles Foster are departing from the Pirates basketball program, according to Pirate Radio 1250.

Tejada announced his departure yesterday. The highly touted point guard coming out of high school was underwhelming in his brief career at ECU. He averaged just over four points per game in two seasons with the Pirates. This past season Tejada had a career high 18 points against Tulane and totaled 17 points in the conference tournament game.

At the start of the season Tejada and Prince Williams were given opportunities to win the starting point guard spot. As the season progressed Williams improved play gave him the starting nod throughout the season.

Foster and Bryant were contributors off the bench that were sparks in a few games for the Pirates. Foster was a JUCO transfer from Vincennes University and there shot 41.9 percent from three. In his first, and only, year with the Pirates his three-point shooting percentage was down to 33 percent.

Bryant only totaled 12 minutes as a freshman at ECU, but got more playing time in his sophomore campaign. In the Pirates game against Florida Atlantic Bryant scored a career high 12 points.

With the departures of Foster and Tejada, ECU currently is void of a true point guard on the roster. The three point guards to get playing time this past season are now gone via graduation or transfer. The Pirates will be getting a group of guards in the 2016 recruiting class, including the new addition of Raquan Wilkins.

Wilkins is a 6-foot-5 guard from Westlake High School in Atlanta, Georgia. He joins guards Elijah Hughes and Shawn Williams in the 2016 class. 

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