NASHVILLE --- New Tennessee State University men's basketball coach Cy Alexander has announced that Eric King will transfer to the Tiger program from St. John's University in New York.
King, a 6-6, 220-pound forward, started 35 games in his two seasons with the Big East Conference member Red Storm that won the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) this past season. He will be eligible to play his first season with Tennessee State in 2004-05, according to NCAA rules. He will have two years of play with the Tigers.
?We think Eric is going to be a great addition to our program,? said Alexander. ?We look forward to him joining us at Tennessee State and he should be an immediate impact player for us.?
A native of Brooklyn, New York, King averaged 4.7 points and 3.7 rebounds as a sophomore after scoring 7.6 points and 4.5 boards a game as a freshman for the Red Storm. King had several outstanding games in his two-year career at St. John's. He scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a win over Miami and had six rebounds and pair of blocked shots in an upset win over Duke this past season.
As a senior high school player at Lincoln High School, he was named the New York Post's Public School Athletic League Player-of-the-Year. He averaged 21 points, 15 rebounds, and five blocks per game. He also earned all-city honors from the New York Daily News. He led Lincoln to a 24-3 record.
Following his senior year, he attended Milford (Conn.) Academy for a year, averaging 22.0 points and eight rebounds during a prep Year. Milford finished with a 16-4 record.
King is the second signee for the Tigers new head coach. He joins Courtney Bohannon, a 6-8, 200-pound player from Memphis Hamilton High School. Alexander was named the TSU head coach in April, coming to the Tigers following a successful reign at South Carolina State.