A busy summer for first-year head coach Steve Forbes continued on Monday, as East Tennessee State welcomed in its third transfer.
Deuce Bello, the former Baylor and Missouri guard, elected to use his final season of eligibility with the Buccaneers. Chris Dortch and Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports both reported the news on Monday evening. Bello is eligible to play in the 2015-16 season.
Bello joins former Cincinnati guard Ge’Lawn Guyn and ex-Indiana center Hanner Mosquera-Perea, who was dismissed from the program back in May. While Mosquera-Perea must sit a year, Guyn is also immediately eligible. Peter Jurkin, another former IU product, will also resume his collegiate career after sitting out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Bello averaged only 1.8 points and 1.0 rebounds per game in his final season with the Tigers and missed time due to academic reasons. The 6-foot-4 Bello has never lived up to his four-star rating — No. 54 overall by Rivals in the Class of 2011 — coming out of high school, but he is a gifted athlete who could make an impact in the Southern Conference.
Forbes, the former Wichita State assistant coach, was named the new head coach of East Tennessee on May 27.
East Tennessee opens the season on Nov. 17 against Green Bay.
Just over two weeks after he was dismissed from the Indiana basketball program, forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea has found a new school.
Mosquera-Perea will complete his eligibility at East Tennessee State, sitting out the 2015-16 season before having one year to play in 2016-17 for new head coach Steve Forbes. News of Mosquera-Perea’s transfer was first reported by ESPN.com, and he’s expected to enroll in summer session classes next week.
Mosquera-Perea averaged 6.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 19.4 minutes per game in 2014-15, starting 22 of the 26 games in which he played. However his time in Bloomington came to an end May 14, as head coach Tom Crean announced that both Mosquera-Perea and forward Devin Davis were dismissed from the program for “not living up to their responsibilities to the program.”
Davis was cited for marijuana possession a few days prior to the dismissal, with Mosquera-Perea present in the dorm room at the time but not cited by authorities.
Mosquera-Perea is the second former Indiana player to join the ETSU program, with 7-footer Peter Jurkin doing so prior to the 2014-15 season. Jurkin, who sat out last season per NCAA transfer rules, will be a redshirt junior in 2015-16. When Mosquera-Perea becomes eligible to play, the Buccaneers will also have junior college transfer Nigel Holley and 6-foot-10 Karl Overstreet in their interior rotation.
The 6-foot-10 Overstreet, who completed his prep career at Hargrave Military Academy, redshirted in 2014-15.
Wichita State assistant coach Steve Forbes will be the next head coach at East Tennessee State, sources confirmed to NBCSports.com.
The news was first reported by CBSSports.com.
Forbes has spent the past two seasons with the Shockers, helping to lead them to a 35-0 start last year and the Sweet 16 this season. He was with Tennessee for five years before getting caught up in the penalties that came down on Bruce Pearl in 2011. He spent 2011-2013 as the head coach at Northwest Florida State, a JuCo powerhouse.
Forbes replace Murry Bartow, who spent 12 years as the head coach of the Buccaneers. Bartow made back-to-back NCAA tournaments in 2009 and 2010, but he hasn’t finished better than fourth in league play since 2011.
This move is interesting timing. An official announcement is expected to come on the same day as Tennessee, Forbes’ former employer, made the firing of head coach Donnie Tyndall official. It also comes at a time when Gregg Marshall’s status at Wichita State is up in the air. Marshall has been a hot coaching name for three years now, and with major offers rolling in, this may be the year that he ends up leaving Kansas.