August 23, 2010

Four additions to Tornado Basketball squad

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College head men's basketball coach George Pitts has announced the addition of four players to the roster for the 2010-11 season as Michael Fortune, Donatas Zuzevicius, Cordarrel Eldridge and Nathan Vannoy will be a part of the Tornado program.

Fortune, a 6-foot-2 point guard, was at Fork Union Military Academy on the post-graduate team. He is a Beckley, W.Va. native and brings a lot of skills, toughness and leadership ability to King. The Tornado coaching staff expects him to provide an immediate impact on the floor as a freshman.

Zuzevicius, at 6-foot-7 forward, also played Fork Union for a season. Originally Zuzevicius lived in Lithuania and the coaches look for him to be a versatile player out on the floor or down low in the paint. He brings athleticism and moves well for a player his size and will add much needed depth at the forward position for the Tornado. The coaching staff at King is excited to get Zuzevicius, and excited about his potential to help the team right away.

Eldridge, forward, comes to King from Lewis and Clark Community (Ill.) College. He is a Chicago native and brings a level of versatility to this year's team that the Tornado have lacked in the past. At 6-foot-5 he can play anywhere on the floor and the coaching staff at King is excited to incorporate his athleticism and skill into their plans for the 2010-11 year.

Vannoy comes from nearby Sullivan Central High School. The long-range shooter at 6-foot-3 adds size to the perimeter for the Tornado. The coaching staff expects he will compete for playing time at the wing, and will make the Tornado deeper at this position.

King is coming off a runner-up finish at the 2010 NCCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Tournament. The Tornado compiled a 24-6 record in 2009-10 including a win at NCAA Division I Appalachian State (N.C.) University. King enters the first year as a full NCAA Division II member with the 2010-11 season.