Conway – Coastal Carolina Men’s Basketball Coach Cliff Ellis has announced the signing of two future Chanticleers during the early signing period.

David Pierce and Malik Legania have committed to the Chanticleers to continue both their educational and basketball careers with the Chants.

Pierce is a 6’-2” guard from Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Fla. During his junior campaign he averaged 23 points per game while shooting 48 percent from the field. He hit 45 percent of his three-point field goals and shot 76 percent from the free throw line. He scored 598 points during his junior season.

He was able to display his all-around game averaging five rebounds, two assists and over a steal per game.

Coach Ellis on David: “David is a great kid, a really good get for our program. He reminds me of a bigger version of Jaylen Shaw. I really believe if David comes in and willing to work, he’ll have a great career here at Coastal, his best basketball is in front of him.”

“I chose CCU because I knew in my heart the coaching staff was genuine and had all of their players’ best interest which was my biggest concern with my decision,” Pierce said. “As soon as I landed in Conway I fell in love with everything from the school to the surrounding attractions in the city. CCU just felt like that home-away-from-home for me.”

“During my time here I hope to help lead CCU to the NCAA tournament and just keep building on that.”

Legania stands 6’-5” and is from New Orleans where he plays for Landry High School and also played at Taylor Made Prep School (Fla.).

Malik averaged 14 points and four rebounds per game during his senior year and was named to the all-district, all-metro and all-state teams. He helped Landry to the state championship as a freshman, sophomore and senior in the state of Louisiana.

Coach Ellis on Malik: “We are excited Malik has decided to join our basketball family here at Coastal Carolina. He’s a huge addition to our program and is a talented guard who hasn’t tapped into his potential just yet. We think he could be a special player for the Chanticleers.”

“Coming into Coastal I would be walking into a great situation with the background this program has along with Coach Ellis, and I plan on continuing the legacy,” Legania said. “I want to get acquainted with everyone more and learn how to grow as a persome because things are about to change and I’m getting ready for that. My goals are to graduate from Coastal, leave with the best college experience there is to offer, and to play at the highest level of basketball there is to play. I know Coastal is the best fit for me to do those things.”

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