College of Charleston just got a little bit deeper in the paint.
The Cougars received two verbal commitments Monday from forwards Glen Pierre Jr. and Donovan Gilmore.
Pierre will play for the Cougars next season, while Gilmore, just a junior in high school, will be a part of the Cougars’ 2014 signing class.
Pierre, a 6-11 forward/center out of Oldsmar Christian High School near Tampa, Fla., had signed with Georgia Southern back in November, but was released from his national letter of intent when Eagles coach C.Y. Young was fired in April.
Former College of Charleston assistant coach Mark Byington took over for Young earlier this month. Pierre picked the Cougars over Marshall, St. Louis, Charlotte and James Madison. Pierre is expected to sign with the Cougars on Wednesday.
Pierre joins guard Johnathan Burroughs-Cook, of Memphis, point guard Joe Chealey, from Apopka, Fla., and forward Terrance O’Donohue, of Norcross, Ga., in the Cougars’ 2013 recruiting class.
“When I went to Charleston, it felt like home to me,” Pierre said in a telephone interview on Monday. “I got along really with coach (Doug) Wojcik and all the players. I really felt comfortable there. I wanted to go to a place where I could contribute. Some of the bigger schools were calling, but they all talked about redshirting me my freshman season.”
Pierre averaged eight points, six rebounds and three blocked shots last season as a senior.
“Glen has a huge upside,” said Oldsmar head coach Jordan Fair. “He’s a long, athletic post player that can rebound and block shots. He’s going to have to get into the weight room and get stronger, but his potential is off the charts. We had five players off this team sign with Division I schools, and Glen was easily our most improved player from the beginning of the season.”
Meanwhile, Gilmore, a 6-7 forward, is just a junior in high school, but committed to the Cougars after an official visit this past weekend.
Gilmore, who picked the Cougars over Old Dominion and Appalachian State, is expected to enroll in the fall of 2014.
“There were a lot of schools that were not happy that Donovan committed,” said Wesleyan coach Keith Gatlin, who played at the University of Maryland. “He had some big schools looking at him like Tennessee, Mississippi State and N.C. State, but Donovan is a very loyal guy. Loyalty is huge for him, and coach Wojcik was on him from the beginning. I think they got a steal in Donovan.”
Gilmore averaged 8.5 points and eight rebounds as a junior at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, N.C.
“He’s going to be a huge matchup problem for teams in CAA,” said ESPN basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep. “He’s an energy that can run the floor and get to the rim. If he can develop an intermediate game, he’ll be very tough to stop.”