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ECU & C-USA Hoops Recruiting Report
Monday, October 20, 2003

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

Herrion's Philly legacy pays off 'big'

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The late Charles Bronson was an actor who played roles in which he instilled fear in whomever got in his way. Another Charles Bronson could be doing the same for East Carolinaís basketball team in the future.

A 6-10, 235-pound center from Lutheran Christian Academy in Philadelphia (PA), Bronson has committed to the Pirates with plans to sign a letter of intent during the Nov. 12-19 early signing period.

"When he gets stronger, people (he plays against) are going to be in trouble," said Lutheran Christian Academy coach Darryl Schofield. "This is a kid who is getting better every day. He has a bright future."

It was not always that way for Bronson. Three years ago, he stood 6-7 and weighed in at 350 pounds. He did not make the basketball team at Norristown High, located just outside Philly.

"He couldnít jump high enough to dunk the ball ó at 6-7," Schofield said. "When we first got him, he was an eager kid, but he was a long way from being a basketball player.

"But he wanted to be one; that was the key. And he wanted to be good, so he paid the price. He did the work, and heís still doing it. We gave him a boost, but Charles had to do it."

Bronson, who would have been a senior last year, was re-classified after taking basically the same classes for two years. He worked hard the summer of 2001, then made the hoops team at Lutheran Christian. But he was sitting at the end of the bench.

Until his coming-out party.

"It was in January at the Rim Rocker Tournament in Long Island (NY)," Schofield recalled. "We were playing Mount Zion (of Durham, NC) in the finals. We put Charles in, and he got nine points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots against Mohamed Tangara, and we won by 15.

"College coaches started paying attention to Charles. He was the seventh or eighth man after that and averaged around 10 points and 11 boards the rest of the season. He kept getting better, and he would ask for extra instruction. He would stay and work an hour after practice, then run an hour after that."

By the end of his sophomore year, Bronson was down to 260 pounds. He enjoyed a fine (2002) summer of AAU ball and began his junior season at around 230 and in the starting lineup. He averaged 24 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in an early-season tournament, giving him confidence and the foundation for a big season.

He finished with 17 points, about 12 boards and 4.5 blocked shots on a team led by current Massachusetts freshman Maurice Maxwell, who scored more than 22 points per game.

"Charles has to carry us this year," Schofield said. "He will be our No. 1 option. He got better every single game last year, and weíre expecting big things from him. He is ready to deliver, too.

"He has a jump-hook with both hands, an up-and-under, a drop-step and reverse pivot with a face-up jump shot. He can shoot well from 15 feet, and he will show the ball to a defender and drive around him. He is also a great passer who recognizes double-teams and finds open people."

Schofield said he didnít mind admitting that he steered Bronson toward East Carolina.

"I have been knowing Bill Herrion a long time," Schofield said, "and I know what he is going to do for Charles. I have had kids go places where things didnít work out, so I try to help them avoid that if I can.

"I donít have to worry about Charles not showing up for class at East Carolina. Life is about commitment and loyalty, and Billy Herrion has been recruiting Charles for about a year. He came to see him play four times last season. Billy made Charles a priority.

"Charles was going to visit Nebraska," Schofield said, "and Michigan State was calling. But I said, `Letís go with who brought you.í Charles is relieved itís over and heís going to East Carolina. Itís a very good match."

Bronson and Schofield were scheduled to attend Midnight at Minges Saturday night. It was to be an unofficial visit. Schofield said Bronson will probably take his official trip to Greenville in November.

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