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May 4, 2008ATLANTA, GA. - For newly hired head coach Mack McCarthy, East Carolina's most pressing need for the upcoming season is probably finding big time help in the paint.
With the loss of John Fields to transfer and being thin in the post with only two big guys and one other 6-7 type forward, it was imparative that the new regime bring home the bacon or it was setting up to be a potentially long season.
The Pirates' most sought after post recruit for the incoming class is talented Atlanta power forward-center Darius Morrow.
As PI first reported, Morrow decided not to enroll at South Carolina after the coaching change. He visited Auburn last Monday and enjoyed the visit a lot. He commented on his visit.
"It was good, good town and good people, but I didn't feel like it was very much about basketball down there, that's football."
Pirate assistant Darryl LaBarrie worked hard to set up a visit and Darrius made the trek to ECU over the weekend. He talked about his visit this weekend to the Greenville, North Carolina campus.
"I went to the (UAB) baseball game on Friday night, Morrow said, "I saw an inning or two and had just seen (ECU catcher) Corey Kemp and it seemed like everything they were hitting was going over the fence."
How did the trip go overall for the 6-8, 250 pounder? The big power forward from Columbia High School made a decision on his college of choice on Saturday.
"It went real good, I ended up signing with East Carolina," said an excited Morrow from his Atlanta home.
Morrow talked about some of the reasons for choosing Mack McCarthy's up and coming Pirate program.
"It's a great campus great town, everyone goes to every sporting event, everybody knows each other," according to the Atlanta forward, "It's a great college town, and up and coming team and I really feel like I can have a big impact. I think I can help them turn it around."
Morrow had major interest from Auburn and Virginia Tech when he reopened his recruitment and Oklahoma, Tulane, West Virginia, College of Charleston, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State were involved, as well.
When does Morrow, who is fully qualified, expect to move to Greenville and settle in for school at East Carolina?
"Second session of summer school and I'm going to be down there in late May."
East Carolina earlier landed 6-2 point guard Raheem Smith earlier out of Louisburg College.
More basketball recruiting as events unfold right here on PI.
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