The Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball team filled a major void on Tuesday, when junior college center Jailan Haslem announced on Twitter that he was committing to Charlotte.
Haslem, 6-foot-10 and 260 pounds, averaged 9.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 31 games as a sophomore at Gordon State College in Barnesville, Ga., this season.
The addition of Haslem gives the 49ers some major help in the post. A lack of size plagued Charlotte last season, when it finished tied for 342nd out of 347 Division I teams in rebounding margin – the 49ers averaged 32.6 boards, and their opponents averaged 40.1.
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Haslem will likely see significant minutes following the graduations of forwards Anthony Vanhook and Reid Aube. Redshirt junior center Benas Griciunas plans to pursue a professional career in Europe next season, and redshirt freshman Lukas Bergang is transferring.
With Haslem’s commitment, Charlotte’s 2017 recruiting class features two players. DeVarte Watson, a 6-foot-8 forward out of Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, signed with the 49ers in November.