BYH to folks that don’t move over or get out of the way for emergency vehicles. One day it might be your relative they...

New players joining Pirates

1 of 2

East Carolina basketball coach Joe Dooley direct a dribbling drill during workouts June 8.


The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The anticipated arrival of most of the freshman class for the East Carolina basketball team coincides this week with the start of the university’s second summer session of classes.

Five of the six recruits, excluding 7-foot-2 Bosnia native Milan Stakic, are slated to begin classes and workouts with the Pirates on Thursday. That includes three-star prospects Jayden Gardner from Wake Forest and 6-2 guard DeShaun Wade from Charlottesville, Va.

Gardner is a talented 6-7 forward who scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Minges Coliseum on March 3 during his Heritage team’s overtime 4-A state semifinal win over previously unbeaten South Central. Stakic, a recent commit, could be joining ECU later this summer or during the fall.

Returning ECU players already have been working out with first-year coach Joe Dooley and his staff that at this point is nearly complete, but still is missing a third full-time assistant coach.

“It will be interesting and I’m sure they will come in with eyes wide open,” Dooley said of the recruits. “The shock will hit them probably by Thursday afternoon when we get out there working.”

Joining Gardner and Stakic as a final post player in this class is 6-10 Rico Qunton from Newbern, Tenn. The guards are Wade, Tyler Foster (6-5, Durham) and Tae Hardy (6-3, Athens, Tenn.).

All six of the players are freshmen. They will be looking to mesh with the Pirates’ returners, led by guards Isaac Fleming — a rising senior — and sharpshooting Shawn Williams, and sophomore big man Dimitrije Spasojevic.

“You have an idea what they can do, but you don’t know how quickly they might retain things or how quickly they can pick things up,” said Dooley, who in his first stint with the Pirates from 1995-98 posted a 57-52 record for the best Division I winning percentage (.523) ever by an ECU coach. “It should be a good time and good six weeks to work with all of these guys.”

A team annually has 13 scholarships available. With five lettermen returning to the Pirates, Virginia Tech transfer Seth LeDay now eligible to play and six new players, one more scholarship could be awarded or given to another recruit this season. Dooley also could hold it for next year.

Fleming is ECU’s leading returning scorer at 12.5 points per game. The team finished 10-20 last season, but Williams snagged American Athletic Conference rookie of the year honors thanks to his 72-of-196 mark from 3-point range.

The addition of new players should help the Pirates as they continue to try and formulate the best plan for rebounding from recent losing seasons and while playing in an AAC led at the top by tradition-rich programs such as Cincinnati, Wichita State and Connecticut.

“We can do more things,” Dooley said of upcoming practices. “It has been good workouts, but when we get everybody here we’ll get a chance to do even more. We also could see how we want to play.”

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.


Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


November 15, 2018

Two important elements to Saturday night’s East Carolina football game are that the struggling Pirates (2-7) are favored against Connecticut (1-9), and that it is senior day at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

ECU has been the underdog in all but two games this season. It was nearly a two-touchdown…


November 14, 2018

With East Carolina football still seeking its first American Athletic Conference win of the season and many fans in Pirate Nation upset with the results by third-year coach Scottie Montgomery and the Pirates, ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton released a statement late Wednesday afternoon saying that an…


November 14, 2018

The score was tied only briefly Wednesday night in Minges Coliseum for women’s basketball action.

East Carolina and Grand Canyon were deadlocked, 24-24, for exactly 12 seconds before ECU produced a game-changing rally late in the second quarter and the Pirates stayed in front the rest of the…


November 14, 2018


The first day of the recruiting early signing period saw Joe Dooley and East Carolina basketball sign three guards on Wednesday in Logan Curtis, Tyrie Jackson and Tremont Robinson.

Jackson is a transfer from Northwest Florida State College and Robinson is currently attending Garden…


November 14, 2018

Four football teams are still in contention in the American Athletic Conference West Division, while the East champion will be decided this weekend.

SMU, Houston and Tulane are in a three-way tie in the West at 4-2. Memphis is one game back at 3-3. Houston and Tulane meet Thursday night, while SMU…

SMU UConn Football-6

November 14, 2018

With his ability to duck past defenders, lean into the post and find both sides of the rim for baskets, freshman Jayden Gardner is a breath of fresh air for the East Carolina basketball team.

After glimpses of promise but poor shooting in the team’s first two games this season, Gardner…


November 13, 2018

Usual backup Darius Pinnix is first on the East Carolina depth chart at running back this week, and there is optimism that he could provide the jolt desperately needed for the Pirate run game Saturday versus lowly Connecticut.

Such a conventional breakthrough also is not guaranteed, which is why…


November 12, 2018

East Carolina basketball player Jayden Gardner was named the American Athletic Conference men’s basketball freshman of the week on Monday.

In three games last week, Gardner averaged 14.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 26 minutes and connected on 45.5 percent of his field goal attempts (10-of-22)…

November 12, 2018

It remains to be seen whether or not the premier team in the American Athletic Conference will again be undefeated and knocking on the door of the College Football Playoff at season’s end, but Central Florida already is very much in the public eye of college football.

Everything will be on…

Navy UCF Football

November 12, 2018

As East Carolina’s football team has three games remaining in its season and is out of bowl consideration with a 2-7 record that will not allow for reaching the required six-win mark, coach Scottie Montgomery remains focused on the day-to-day aspects of managing his team.

Without an athletics…

276 stories in ECU. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 28
        Next Page»   Last Page»