Pirate Men's Hoops Signs Four Players

GREENVILLE, N.C. --- Three Virginia high school seniors and one junior college student-athlete have each signed a National Letter of Intent to attend East Carolina University and play basketball for the Pirates, head coach Jeff Lebo announced Thursday.

Joining the Pirates for the 2013-14 season will be Gregory Alexander (Hampton, Va.), Antonio Robinson (Winston-Salem, N.C.), Brandan Stith (Lawrenceville, Va.) and Caleb White (Lynchburg, Va.).

“These kids are all guys that want to work to get better,” Lebo said. “They have a lot of room to grow as players and they all have a terrific desire to work to become the best individual players they can. They all come from programs that have won and that’s really key for us. They’ll bring that winning attitude to us on a daily basis.”

Alexander, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, averaged 6.5 points per game as a junior at Kecoughtan High School last season, but averaged around 17 points per game this summer on the AAU circuit according to coach Ivan Thomas.

“We are really excited about Greg’s ability to score the basketball and to shoot it with range,” Lebo said. “His improvement from one year to the next has been terrific. He really should only be a junior in high school. He’s young and on the first step to becoming an outstanding player.”

Robinson is the lone junior college transfer among thesignees. Currently enrolled at Louisburg (N.C.) College, he averaged 11.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists as a freshman in 2011-12. Listed at 6-foot-4, Robinson graduated from Parkland High School.

“Antonio is an excellent ball handler with a high basketball IQ,” Lebo stated. “He also possesses a lot of the leadership skills we’ll need next year after losing five seniors. He comes from a winning program with a remarkable coach.”

Stith, a 6-foot-7 forward, is the son of former University of Virginia standout Bryant Stith. As a junior, he averaged nearly 20 points per game for his father’s Brunswick High School team, helping it win its second straight Group AA, Division 3 state title.

“Brandan comes from a terrific basketball bloodline,” Lebo said. “He will be able to play multiple positions for us. He’s got tremendous length and athleticism and a great ability to change ends of the floor.”

White, a 6-foot-6 guard, averaged 11.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists as a junior at Virginia Episcopal School, helping lead the Bishops to their second consecutive Division II state championship game appearance. The Bishops, coached by former University of Virginia All-ACC guard Curtis Staples, won the state in 2011.

“Caleb is a guy that can do a little bit of everything,” Lebo explained. “He can really pass, shoot the 3, put the ball on the floor and get offensive rebounds. He’s a very skilled player that will be able to play multiple positions for us.”