Pirates' hoops inks three players|Trio will enroll at ECU in fall 2011

Published 5:35 am Sunday, November 14, 2010

By Staff
ECU Sports Information
GREENVILLE — Guards Shamarr Bowden (Greensboro), Paris Roberts-Campbell (Charlotte) and Paul Stone (Danville, Va.) have each signed a National Letter-of-Intent to attend East Carolina University head coach Jeff Lebo announced Thursday. The trio will enroll at the University in the fall of 2011.
“Each one these kids has the ability to shoot the basketball,” Lebo said. “They are all good kids with tremendous upside that are willing to work hard and want to get better. They each have a very high ceiling and I’m very pleased that they have each chosen to be part of our basketball family.”
Bowden, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound shooting guard, is currently a sophomore at Chipola (Fla.) Junior College. Bowden spent his freshman season at Charlotte where he averaged 5.7 points in just 10.2 minutes per game. He single-handedly defeated then-No. 18 Louisville at Freedom Hall by scoring 17 points in 13 minutes of action. He connected on 5-of-12 from behind the arc to lead the 49ers to a 22-point victory.  
He also scored 21 points in the 49ers season-opener against UNC Asheville
He enrolled at Charlotte in the fall of 2008, but missed the season due to an injury suffered in the preseason. Bowden led the 49ers with 14.0 points per game during their 2008 Summer Tour of Canada.
A native of Greensboro, Bowden was a three-year letterman at Grimsley High School prior to transferring to the Miller School in Charlottesville, Va. He averaged 20.0 points as a junior and 16.0 points as a sophomore to earn all-conference honors both seasons. During his two seasons at the Miller School, he led the Mavericks to a 48-11 mark. He was named first-team all-state, all-area and all-conference during his final season as he averaged 20.7 points per game.
“Shamarr is a older, high-level player,” Lebo stated. “We believe he is one of the best junior college shooters in the country. He is always going to be a threat from behind the arc and he will have opportunity to contribute to our program immediately.”
Roberts-Campbell, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound shooting guard, averaged 15.0 points last season to help United Faith win its second-straight N.C. Independent Schools 1A state title with a 30-6 overall record and earned first-team all-conference accolades.
He scored 14 points in the championship game of the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational against Raleigh Word of God to earn all-tournament honors.
“Paris is a bouncy, long range shooter with speed,” Lebo said. “Paris is a great kid, good student and we are excited that he will be part of our program.”
Stone, a 6-foot-6, 195-pound shooting guard who is enrolled at Dan River High School in Ringgold, Va., played at George Washington High School in Danville, Va., a year ago. As a junior at GW-Danville, he averaged 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds per game while leading his team into the regional round of the state playoffs. He was an All-Western Valley District Selection.
“Paul has length, size, the ability to shoot from the perimeter as well as put the ball on the floor,” Lebo explained. “He can play a multitude of positions and will have an opportunity to impact our team from a variety of positions.”