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ETSU announces signing of Monsanto

Joe Avento • May 2, 2019 at 12:42 AM

JOHNSON CITY — Damari Monsanto’s commitment has become official.

East Tennessee State announced Monsanto’s signing on Wednesday, paving the way for the high scoring 6-foot-6 wing to join the Bucs basketball program.

Monsanto averaged 28.4 points and 11.2 rebounds last season at Western High School in Davie, Florida. He was the Sun Sentinel’s Class 9A-7A Broward County player of the year.

“Damari is extremely talented, and he has the size and shot-making ability to be a very good college player,” ETSU coach Steve Forbes said. “He has spent a lot of time in the gym working on his game over the past few years and he will thrive in the culture we have established at ETSU.”

The first-team all-state selection who led his team to the regional semifinals as a senior said he can’t wait to join the Bucs.

“I really like the family atmosphere,” Monsanto said. “Coach Forbes has built a winning program, and they have a great coaching staff.”

Monsanto will join a recruiting class that includes grad transfer forward Joe Hugley from Central Connecticut State.

In addition, Clivonte Patterson, a 6-foot-4 guard, recently announced his commitment to ETSU. Patterson averaged 15.2 points at John A Logan College while shooting 55 percent.

ETSU lost out on former Gate City star Zac Ervin, who announced his intentions to attend Elon after getting out of his letter of intent at Wofford when coach Mike Young left the Terriers for Virginia Tech.

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