Georgia State men’s basketball coach Ron Hunter continues to load up on big men, adding 6-foot, 7-inch Markus Crider to his signing class.
Crider, who played small forward at Bridgton Academy in Bridgton, Maine, is the fifth player who is at least 6-7 in this signing class and will give Hunter more depth and choices in his push-the-pace style.
Crider is originally from Dayton, Ohio, Hunter’s hometown. Crider averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds at Bridgton. He will have three years of eligibility at GSU. He originally committed to Providence, but changed his mind after a coaching change.
Here are Georgia State’s signees:
G Cameron Solomon 6-4, 175 Hampton, Ga. Brevard CC/Lovejoy HS
G R.J. Hunter 6-6, 175 Indianapolis, Ind. Pike HS
G David Travers 6-1, 165 Carlsbad, Calif. La Costa Canyon HS
F T.J. Shipes 6-8, 220 Buford, Ga. Buford HS
F LaRon Smith 6-8, 210 Palm Bay, Fla. Heritage HS
F Denison Burguillos 6-9, 235 Casper (Wyo.) College
F Curtis Washington, 6-10, 245 USC*
F Markus Crider, 6-7, 207, Bridgton (Maine) Academy
The Giants officially announced that former Georgia State linebacker Jake Muasau has signed with team.
Muasau was invited to the team’s mini-camp as an undrafted rookie free agent, and impressed the coaches enough to be one of three rookies to earn an opportunity to join the team in its OTAs and full training camp later this year as he looks to earn a spot on the 53-man roster or eight-man practice squad.
“It was a very great experience to compete with the best guys around the country,” he said. “The camp was intense. I learned a lot in a very little time.”
Muasau, 6-feet, 1-inch tall and 243 pounds, was one of the top playmakers for coach Bill Curry in the team’s first two seasons.
Muasau had 106 tackles with 16.5 tackles for loss and three interceptions. He also forced four fumbles and recovered four fumbles.
“The speed of the game is so much faster than college was,” he said. “It was read, react, make plays. If you are thinking about something, nine times out of 10 the play is blowing right by you. You’ve got make sure you know responsibilities.”
Muasau worked out at middle linebacker with the Giants. He played outside linebacker at Georgia State. But Muasau didn’t care. He says he would have played punter if they asked.
“It was so much fun,” h e said. “I loved every second of it. I was thankful to be out there and interact with coach [Tom] Coughlin.”
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu