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Charlotte 49ers sign one forward, expect to add two more recruits Thursday

Charlotte 49ers coach Mark Price expects to have three recruits signed by Thursday.
Charlotte 49ers coach Mark Price expects to have three recruits signed by Thursday. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

The Charlotte 49ers signed Dravon Mangum, a 6-foot-8 forward from Roxboro Person High, on Wednesday, the first day of the week-long early national signing period. The 49ers expect to announce the signings for two more players – point guard Cooper Robb and forward Isaiah Bigelow – Thursday.

Mangum reportedly also had interest from East Carolina, Winthrop, Coppin State and Appachian State.

Robb is 6-2 and averaged 14.9 points and five rebounds last season for Scott County (Ky.) High. Bigelow (6-6) averaged 12 points, 5.5 rebounds, two assists and 1.3 steals for Greensboro Smith last season. He also had offers from Chattanooga, N.C. A&T, North Florida, Norfolk State, Radford and Western Carolina.

▪ The 49ers announced Wednesday they have signed an athletics department-wide deal with Nike. The company will provide footwear, apparel and accessories for all 49ers teams. Previously, the 49ers had sport-by-sport deals with different apparel companies, although many of them already were with Nike. This, however, is a blanket deal.

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