Charleston, S.C. – Nate Bowser and Brian White officially signed their National Letter of Intent and will join The Citadel basketball team next fall, head coach Chuck Driesell announced on Friday.
"Nate and Brian are great additions to our program," said Driesell. "My staff and I worked extremely hard to recruit these two young men to The Citadel and are excited they have decided to become Bulldogs.
"I am impressed both with their skills and their attitude towards wanting to work hard and get better. Furthermore, I am convinced they will come here and represent The Citadel in a first class manner as they are both high character individuals with great families."
A 6-6, 180-pound forward from Richmond, Va., White joins The Citadel from John Marshall High School. He also drew interest from fellow Southern Conference schools Appalachian State and UNC Greensboro as well as James Madison, Florida State, Iowa and Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth.
"Brian's the kind of guy that'll bring it in the lane," said Dave Telep, ESPN's senior college basketball recruiting analyst. "He leaps very well in traffic and should be a glass cleaner down in Charleston."
Bowser hails from Fort Worth, Texas, where he is playing at Fort Worth Country Day. He finished the 2011-12 season by averaging 9.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game. The three-year starter at FWCD also finished with a 56.7% field goal percentage, capping his season with all-conference, all-zone and Most Improved Player honors.
Nate Bowser • 6-9 • 210 • Fort Worth Country Day • Fort Worth, Texas
Chuck Driesell on Bowser: "Nate is exactly what we were looking for to fill our inside needs. He not only has a great feel for the game but loves contact and mixing it up inside. Nate has the ability to use his athletic, 6-9 frame to be a solid rebounder, both offensively and defensively, in the post. I see Nate doing very well in our system and look forward to our strength and conditioning coaches getting a hold of him this summer. He has great potential in all areas of the game and has shown us that he has the work ethic to go along with that."
Brian White • 6-6 • 180 • John Marshall High School • Richmond, Va.
Chuck Driesell on White: "Brian is a versatile 6-6 forward who knows how to play the game. His fundamentals are well-advanced and should give him the opportunity to play right away. What I liked most about Brian offensively is that he can play both inside and on the perimeter. However, his attitude on the defensive end is what really caught my attention. Brian is well-coached, and I expect that this year in head coach Ty White's program at John Marshall he will develop immensely."
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