Pirates Ink Three During Early Signing Period
Nov. 20, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Kanu Aja (Baltimore, Md.), Grant Bryant (Marietta, Ga.) and Lance Tejada (Pompano Beach, Fla.) have each signed a National Letter of Intent to continue their academic and basketball careers at East Carolina University announced head coach Jeff Lebo Wednesday.
Aja will have two years of eligibility remaining, while Bryant and Tejada will each have four seasons to compete beginning in the fall of 2014. "I'm really pleased with the signing group as whole," Lebo said. "We were able to address our needs at several different positions. I think they'll fit in really well with the group we'll have coming back."
Aja is a 6-foot-9, 250-pound forward currently enrolled at the City College of San Francisco. Last season he helped CCSF post a 28-0 record during the regular season and advance to the California Community College Athletic Association final four, finishing 31-1 overall. Aja attended Cardinal Gibbons High School in Baltimore before he signed up as a fifth-year student and basketball player at The Robinson School in Kearney, N.J.
"He's a very physical player with a big, strong upper body," Lebo stated. "He didn't start playing until later in his life, but he's been getting better and better as basketball player. His strength and physicality along with his ability to rebound and defend in the post will be a big plus for us."
Ranked as the 15th top prospect from the state of Georgia by 247sports.com, Bryant stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 195 pounds. As a junior at Kell High School, he averaged 19.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game last year.
"He can really rebound the ball, run and change ends of the floor quickly," Lebo explained. "He's got a high ceiling and I think he'll be able to play multiple positions on the floor."
A 6-foot-1 point guard, Tejada averaged 11.9 points and 8.2 assists per game last season at Blanche Ely High School. He is rated as the ninth-best player in the Class of 2014 from the Sunshine State and 70th top prospect in the country according to future150.com
"We think we've got a terrific guard whose got speed and quickness, that can handle the ball, is strong with the ball, can drive it and shoot it," Lebo said. "Lance is an excellent passer too. He's got a demeanor that you need out of your point guard."
East Carolina is 4-1 through five games of the 2013-14 season. The Pirates return to action Monday, Nov. 25, against McNeese State in the consolation round of the NIT Season Tip-Off in Kingston, R.I.