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Bucs sign Weber, 6-9 forward out of Virginia

By Joe Avento • May 17, 2019 at 7:04 PM

JOHNSON CITY — Steve Forbes continued to add to an already deep roster on Friday.

The East Tennessee State men’s basketball coach announced the signing of Charlie Weber, a 6-foot-9, 212-pound forward.

Weber played at Bishop O’Connell High School in Alexandria, Virginia, where he was ranked the 25th-best player in the Washington, D.C., area and 12th-best player in Virginia. He finished his high school career with 1,143 points and 680 rebounds.

Weber, a second-team all-state pick, was the MVP of the DMV Tipoff Classic after finishing with 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in a win over St. Charles.

Along with his impressive statistics, Weber also excelled in the classroom where he is a four-year honor roll student.

“Charlie is a multitalented player with really good size and athleticism,” Forbes said. “He can shoot the 3, play with his back to the basket and drive the ball. We haven’t had a player with his size and offensive skill set since I’ve been at ETSU.

“Charlie played in the best high school basketball league in America, the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. He was coached by Joe Wooten, the son of Hall of Fame coach Morgan Wooten. Bishop O’Connell not only plays in the best league, they travel the country each year playing the best competition throughout the United States.”

Weber shot 55% from the field, 48% from 3-point range and 75% at the free-throw line for his high school career.

“Charlie has a great inside-out game. He can stretch the floor, rebound the ball and is athletic,” said Joe Wooten, whose team reached the semifinals of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association state tournament. “Charlie’s best basketball is in front of him.”

Weber’s father, Mike Weber, is a former assistant coach at Old Dominion and his sister, Mattie Weber, played volleyball at Stetson.

Weber’s signing leaves Forbes with one scholarship. He’s expected to use it on a transfer who will have to sit out the coming season.

The Bucs will have their top six scorers returning next season. In addition to Weber, ETSU has signed Central Connecticut State transfer forward Joe Hugley, junior-college transfer Vonnie Patterson, a wing, and high school shooting guard Damari Monsanto in this year’s recruiting class.

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