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Tuesday, May 17, 2005
NASHVILLE --- The latest signee for the Tennessee State men's basketball program is expected to give the Tigers an added dimension. Petroslav "Pepe" Zafirov, a 6-8, 250-pound power forward from Sofia, Bulgaria, comes to the Tigers after two seasons at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs. "Pepe is certainly a player that we are fortunate to have coming to our program," said TSU head coach Cy Alexander. "He is a player with size who can step outside and shoot the ball very well and it will help us stretch our opponents' defense. He will remind our fans of the type of big men that Samford has in our own league who shoot the ball so well." His sophomore season at Western Wyoming saw him play on a very balanced scoring team. He averaged 12.0 points per game for the Spartans. He also averaged near five rebounds per game. The new Tiger joins Clarence Matthews, a 6-7, 250-pound forward from Los Angeles City College, and 6-11 center Larry Turner, a transfer from Oklahoma, as signees thus far for the 2005-06 season.