Monday, April 18, 2016

Cleveland State basketball receives two verbal commitments

Anthony Wright
Jamarcus Hairston
Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters completed his 2016 recruiting wishlist, picking up the final two pieces on Monday.

In the morning, the Vikings secured a commitment from Louisburg (Junior) College’s Jamarcus Hairston, a third team NJCAA Division II All-American.

Hours later, the Vikings got more good news when they received a commitment from Anthony Wright of Harcum (Junior) College in Philly.

Both visited CSU's campus over the weekend and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Hairston, a 6-foot-7 stretch four from Danville, Va., averaged 14.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game for the Hurricanes, shooting 46 percent overall and 37 percent from 3-point range.

According to recruiting website,, Hairston chose the Vikings over offers from Norfolk State, Alcorn State, Hampton and Youngstown State.

Wright is a 6-6 swingman originally from Harrisburg, Pa..

An NJCAA Division I honorable mention All-American, Wright averaged 17.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 3.3 steals per game for the Bears, shooting 54 percent overall and 38 percent from long range.

He is Harcum's all-time steals leader.

Wright chose the Vikings over offers from Alcorn State, Delaware State, and Wagner. He also drew interest from Oregon State.

Hairston and Wright joins Dayton Thurgood Marshall forward Evan Clayborne, North Olmsted forward Andy Lucien, Laramie County Community College point guard Gavin Peppers and Canadian point guard Kash Thomas as members of CSU's 2016-'17 recruiting class.

CSU currently has 14 players on scholarship — the NCAA limit is 13 — meaning some roster movement is expected.

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