JUCO goalkeeper Ben Bayla commits to East Carolina

New ECU Basketball Coach Michael Schwartz He was not afraid to attract international prospects during his tenure as a university-level coach. One of the first players he chose to land an offer upon taking the job in Greenville was a French national and shooting guard at South Plains College. Ben Bayla. This resulted in a commitment from the 6-foot-6 guard, who will head to Greenville with three years of eligibility remaining.

Schwartz and assistant coach Bayla presented last week Riley Davis. Schwartz and Davis both have ties to Texas, where South Plains College is located. Bayla spent the last three seasons there. He received a red jersey last season as he recovered from a ruptured ACL. The 2020-21 campaign was not counted against him due to COVID-19.

Pacific and UTEP have shown Bayela in recent weeks. Earlier in the recruiting process, prior to the injury, Bayla received offers from Oklahoma State, St. John’s, Texas A&M, and the University of South Florida.

Bayla spoke to Hoist The Colors last week about his offer from ECU and his interest in the show.

“He was excited to introduce me” Bayla said. “We talked about everything with the program. He said he wants to rebuild the program and bring the same spirit as Tennessee. He wants players who are healthy, who can do different things on the field, who are really good in the locker room, always play hard and give their all. “.

When Baelya is healthy He’s proven to be a versatile goalkeeper who can shoot and score in multiple ways and provide length defensively on the perimeter. He told 247Sports that he got full clearance a month ago to return to work after an extensive rehab process.

As a freshman at South Plains College, he averaged 12.2 points per game and shot 38.3 percent from 3-point range and 72 percent from the streak. As a sophomore, he averaged 10.5 points per game and fired 42.9 percent from the field, 30.9 percent from 3, and 70 percent from the streak with 6.1 rebounds per game, 15 steals and nine blocks in 19 games.

Bayla said, “I feel like I’m adapting to this style and can fit in on the court. I can play defensively against everyone because of my height. I have a wingspan of 7 feet. I can do everything on the court and that’s why they look at me.”

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