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Roundup: JUCO standout to Ole Miss over ECU, Pitt

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East Carolina head basketball coach Joe Dooley talks to freshman standout Jayden Gardner in Minges Coliseum on Nov. 9, 2018.


ECU, Staff reports

Monday, May 13, 2019

A chance to sign another high-level junior college recruit did not come to fruition for East Carolina basketball on Monday night when 6-foot-10, 240-pound Khadim Sy announced on Twitter that he committed to Ole Miss over ECU and Pittsburgh.

Sy, from Daytona (Fla.) State College and a Senegal native, last week trimmed his five choices, which included LSU and Arkansas, to a final three of ECU, Ole Miss and Pitt.

He is projected as an immediate high-impact player, ranking as the third-best junior college prospect in the country this year by 247Sports.com. Fifth in those JUCO rankings is ECU signee Tremont Robinson (6-1, 175), a point guard from Garden City (Kan.) Community College.

Also on Monday night, after Sy’s post, 7-footer Charles Coleman decommitted from Wake Forest. That decision could put the Pirates back in the running to sign the talented big man.

ECU also was in the mix for Daytona State 6-9 forward Doudou Gueye, who last week reportedly signed with Louisiana Lafayette.

Ole Miss is coached by Kermit Davis, who in his first season there led the Rebels to the NCAA tournament this year and a first-round loss for a 20-13 record.

Baseball rankings

After going 3-1 last week, including a midweek win at North Carolina, East Carolina moved up one spot again in each of the major national baseball polls Monday.

Baseball America ranks ECU (39-12) No. 7 in its Top 25 rankings. D1baseball.com has the Pirates at No. 8.

The Pirates, who clinched the American Athletic Conference regular season championship during their weekend series victory at Wichita State and had Alec Burleson named AAC player of the week for the second straight week, were at No. 4 in the important RPI rankings on Monday night.

They are at home all week to finish the regular season, hosting Campbell (No. 64 in RPI) on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. before a three-game series against Memphis (129 RPI) beginning Thursday. Campbell (29-18) defeated ECU, 7-6, on Feb. 20 in Buies Creek.

Bills sign McGhin

The Buffalo Bills announced they signed four players from their weekend rookie minicamp tryout, including former East Carolina offensive lineman Garrett McGhin.

Buffalo’s website stated that McGhin, a former ECU team captain who was versatile on the line at 6-foot-6 and 316 pounds able to play center, guard and tackle, played right tackle during the weekend. The Bills’ roster already features former Pirate star receiver Zay Jones.

Track completes AAC meet

Sophomore Alyssa Sandy earned a silver medal on the final day of the AAC outdoor track and field championships in Wichita, Kan., turning in a time of 13.70 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles while ECU classmate Brooke Stith took fourth place in the race.

Sandy and two other Pirates — Grace Sullivan, steeplechase and Hakeem Horton, long jump — came home with silver medals. Senior Kourtney Edwards-Campbell, who finished 11th in the discus a year ago, improved to third place with a mark of 50.02 meters for bronze.

ECU’s women finished in eighth place, and the men were ninth.


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


May 22, 2019

With its record-breaking pitching ace on the mound, East Carolina’s baseball team got back on track Wednesday at the American Athletic Conference tournament to set up an off day.

Top-seeded ECU cruised in an elimination game on Wednesday afternoon, defeating No. 5 seed Houston 13-2 to…


May 21, 2019

The shocker on the first day of the American Athletic Conference baseball tournament was pulled off by the Shockers.

No. 8 seed Wichita State upset AAC regular season champion East Carolina, 6-2, on Tuesday afternoon in Clearwater, Fla., meaning the favored Pirates now need to win five games in…


May 20, 2019

As expected, East Carolina baseball’s record-breaking season was officially recognized by the American Athletic Conference on Monday.

Jake Agnos earned the AAC pitcher of the year award, just four days after he set a new league single-season record for strikeouts with 124 in 83.0 innings this…


May 20, 2019

East Carolina needs a new women’s golf coach, which is an unfamiliar position for the Pirates.

Kevin Williams, who started the ECU program in the fall of 2000, officially resigned Monday to join Kalen Anderson’s staff at South Carolina as an assistant coach.

During his two-tenure, 17-…


May 20, 2019

East Carolina announced program-record grade point averages in football and men’s basketball for the spring semester, one week after those teams were close to the cut line for NCAA administered penalties because of their multi-year academic progress rate scores released by the NCAA from 2017…


May 18, 2019

East Carolina lost its final regular season baseball game of this season, yet some fans stuck around at sunny and steamy Clark-LeClair Stadium after Memphis’ 10-9 victory on Saturday afternoon to see the Pirates collect their trophies and to show appreciation for what ECU accomplished…


May 17, 2019

East Carolina spent the last few months proving its worth as the best baseball team in the American Athletic Conference.

On Friday night, seventh-ranked ECU succeeded in its chance to put another historical stamp on its campaign.

The Pirates defeated Memphis, 5-3, at Clark-LeClair Stadium, giving…


May 16, 2019

In what will be celebrated this weekend as a historic regular season for East Carolina baseball, Jake Agnos was at the forefront and dominant Thursday at Clark-LeClair Stadium despite the game’s final score later ballooning to 19-10. 

ECU’s left-handed junior pitcher vaulted up ECU…


May 16, 2019

East Carolina is set to send eight athletes to the track and field NCAA East preliminary meet, scheduled for May 23-25 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Senior Grace Sullivan, the school-record holder in the steeplechase, enters the regional with a No. 12 ranking. She ran her season-best time of 10 minutes, 12.…


May 16, 2019

East Carolina used seven different outfielders in Tuesday’s come-from-behind win to beat Campbell 4-3 and begin a four-game final week of the regular season.

The starting lineup for the No. 7 Pirates began with Bryant Packard at designated hitter, Alec Burleson in left field, Bryson Worrell…

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