Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Cleveland State lands first recruit in 2017

Shawn Christian
Following Cleveland State's 71-63 loss to Detroit in early February, Vikings head coach Gary Waters told the media that he was going to "bring in some more shooters" to replace the losses of recent transfers Bryn Forbes (Michigan State) and Trey Lewis (Louisville).

On Tuesday, CSU landed one of the top shooters in the Cleveland area.

Shawn Christian, a 6-foot shooting guard from Garfield Heights High School, gave a verbal commitment to Waters on Tuesday.

The news was first reported by Sonny Johnson's Twitter account:

Christian becomes CSU's first recruit in the class of 2017 and is expected to sign with the Vikings in November's early signing period.

The sharp-shooter averaged 13 points a game last year as a junior, but had his big breakout performance in last week's regional semifinals at CSU's Wolstein Center.

Christian scored a game-high 23-points - draining 5 of 7 shots from long range - lifting the Bulldogs to a 49-43 victory over Warren Harding High School in the regional semifinals.

He followed that up with a 10-point performance in the regional finals, including the game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer that sent the game into overtime.

In the overtime sessions, Christian hit two more big three-pointers, helping Garfield Heights advance to Columbus for its second straight state final four with a narrow 70-69 double OT win against St. Ignatius.

Christian is the third Garfield Heights alum to play for Waters, joining Daitwan Eppinger and Lewis.

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