Patriots sign Greenville shooting guard

Patriots sign Greenville shooting guard

Francis Marion University men's basketball coach Gary Edwards has announced the signing of 6-0 shooting guard Devante' Foster of Greenville, who will transfer from Spartanburg Methodist College and have two years to play for the Patriots.

Foster becomes the third player from Pioneer program to commit to Francis Marion over the past two years.

This past season, Foster averaged 9.5 points and 2.4 rebounds, while helping the Pioneers to a 29-4 record, a national Top-25 ranking, and an appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament. He connected on 54.5 percent of his field goal attempts, including 50.7 percent of his three-point attempts, which totaled more than 150 shots. Spartanburg Methodist is coached by Jon Cremins, nephew of former Division I coaching legend Bobby Cremins.

Foster spent his freshman season at Newberry College.

He is a product of Carolina High School, where he played under the direction of head coach Thomas Fair.  As a senior, he averaged 19.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 3.0 steals per game, while earning All-State recognition and being named to play in the North-South All-Star Game.  A three-time All-Region selection, he finished his prep career as the second-leading scorer in Trojans' history.  He was twice named to the All-County Team.

"I first saw Devante' while recruiting two of his teammates last year," Edwards said. "I was impressed with his athleticism and how hard he played.  A southpaw, he is a very good shooter and is coming off a very solid season for a nationally squad at SMC.  His athleticism allows him to be a good defender and he will fit in well with the players we have returning for 2017-18."

Francis Marion lost three seniors off last season's 11-17 squad.