State report: Charleston Southern men’s basketball signs three

Charleston Southern men’s basketball added three signees for the 2013-2014 season, Buccaneers coach Barclay Radebaugh announced on Wednesday.

The Bucs signed Mount Tabor High School forward Ty’Quan Bitting of Winston-Salem, N.C., Arabia Mountain High wing Bakari Copeland of Lithonia, Ga., and College of Central Florida forward Will Saunders of London.

Bitting averaged 13 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 6.8 blocks as a senior in leading Mount Tabor to a North Carolina Class AAAA Final Four appearance, while Copeland poured in 23.5 points per game in leading Dekalb County in the Atlanta area in scoring. Saunders helped his junior college to the NJCAA Division I National Championship by averaging 10.2 points per game and shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range.

The signees bring the class total to four, joining Tre’ Smith, who signed with the Bucs in the fall. Smith was named South Carolina’s Class AAAA Mr. Basketball following his senior season.

“This is a terrific recruiting class that will add significant talent, size, and ability to our team,” Radebaugh said. “I am so excited because we have been true to our system of play and our desire to recruit young men with strong character. We added the South Carolina 4A Player of the Year in Tre’ Smith, the Georgia High School Slam Dunk Champion in Bakari Copeland, a 6-8 post who is also a North Carolina First Team All-State selection in Ty’Quan Bitting, and the best shooter from the Junior College National Champions in Will Saunders. We have been blessed. B.J. (McKie), Ahmad (Smith) and Brad (Dobbels) continue to recruit at a high level. They are terrific recruiters who work very well together as a staff. I am thankful for their strong and consistent efforts in recruiting.”

The group will try to build on Charleston Southern’s best back-to-back seasons in almost three decades and the program’s first Big South regular season championship in 26 years. The Bucs went 19-13 last season and reached the NIT for the first time in school history.

Baseball


Due to inclement weather, the Clemson-Furman baseball game scheduled for Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson was postponed.

The game will be made up May 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Tennis


Charleston Southern’s Marketa Placha and Yvonne Hubler made the All-Big South Conference women’s tennis team.

Placha and Hubler both earned All-Big South singles honors, while Hubler and Alexandra Walters and Alia Nour and Angelica Sidorenko also earned All-Conference doubles honors.

Placha, a sophomore, went 12-9 overall on the season, 6-3 in Big South play for the Bucs at No. 1 singles.

Hubler, a sophomore, went 11-2, 7-2 in conference play at No. 2 singles.

Volleyball


Citadel volleyball head coach Amir Khaledi announced his team’s 2013 schedule, showcasing a slate that will include 14 home matches and four in-season tournaments beginning with a visit to South Florida to open the season Aug. 30.

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