" 3. Tremont Robinson – East Carolina
JUCO school: Northwest Mississippi Community College
Although he elected to redshirt this past season, Robinson’s freshmen campaign made him a coveted prospect throughout the year. Despite having better offers, the 6’1 point guard picked East Carolina and Joe Dooley. Known as an athletic scorer with efficient range, Robinson averaged over 18 ppg when he was at Northwest Mississippi.
The reason why I have Robinson so high up is that the starting point guard position is all his. With the exception of talented forwards Jayden Gardner and Seth Delay, it’s literally a completely new roster. An 11-man incoming class spearheaded by Robinson with a mix of JUCOs and high school commits will make the Pirates an intriguing team to watch. But just like Jolly for SMU, Robinson’s play will be a huge determining factor this upcoming season."
" 3. Completely new roster for East Carolina to work with
After 20 years since his first stint with East Carolina, former Florida Gulf Coast Head Coach Joe Dooley is back. And after a 10-win campaign in his first year, he’s electing to have a roster that fits his style of play. There were a number of transfers outgoing for the Pirates, opening up a ton of roster space.
Through a combination of both high school recruits and JUCO transfers, there are 11 newcomers to the program, easily the most for a division one school. The headliner is Tremont Robinson-White, one of the top overall JUCO prospects in the class. The 6’1 point guard will likely come right in as a starter to replace Isaac Fleming at that position. 7’0 center Charles Coleman is another newcomer to keep an eye on for a Pirates team that was pretty small a year ago.
There are two returning players that will lead East Carolina this upcoming season. Sophomore forward Jayden Gardner is an All-Conference contender after his 16.3 ppg and 8.5 rpg seasonal performance and Seth LeDay is a solid forward piece. If the guards can compete at a high level out the gate, the Pirates can surprise some folks in the AAC and not be at the bottom. Otherwise, it’ll be Gardner putting up numbers for a team who will struggle big time."