JONESBORO, AR – Arkansas State University will be the next stop in the collegiate basketball career of C.J. Foster as the talented backcourt player has signed with the Red Wolves per an announcement made this Thursday (June 19) by A-State men’s basketball head coach John Brady.
Foster is a 6-3, 180-pound guard from Lilburn, Ga., who played the 2013-14 season at Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tenn. He will have three seasons of eligibility at A-State.
"We are pleased C.J. has decided to join the Arkansas State men’s basketball program," said Brady, who will be entering his seventh year at A-State this 2014-15 season. "He’s a combination-type guard with good size. C.J. can shoot it well from the three-point line and can make a play off the dribble. He’s an excellent student and is a great addition to our team."
At Roane State, Foster registered per game averages of 13.7 points along with 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists for the 2013-14 campaign. He connected on 47.1 percent from the floor (89-189), 36.8 percent (25-68) beyond the three-point line, and 77.3 percent (99-128) at the free throw stripe as a starter in 16 of 22 games played in under head coach Randy Nesbit.
Foster was a 2013 Naismith Award nominee and Score 44 Player as one of Georgia’s top 22 seniors for boys and girls at Berkmar High School in Lilburn. He averaged 12.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists an outing as a senior for the 2012-13 season. Foster played an integral role in leading the Patriots to back-to-back Region 8-6A Championship titles and consecutive Elite Eight appearances. He earned both Gwinnett County Tip-Off Club and all-county first-team recognition. Foster, who was the chosen as the 2013 Southeast Basketball Academy (SEBA) Hoopfest’s Most Valuable Player, was chosen the 5-Star Camp’s Most Valuable Player and the recipient of the Camp’s Best Playmaker Award.
C.J. is the son of Charles and Cassandra Foster of Lawrenceville, Ga., and plans to major in chemistry at A-State.
"Arkansas State felt like a great fit for me from the beginning," said Foster. "The (A-State) coaching staff hit me up about the school and all of its potential so it seemed like a good move. My visit to A-State really put a cap on it and I fell in love with the campus. I received a real positive vibe from the team and coaches in my first workout.
"With Coach Brady’s history of success, I know we can do big things and now it’s time to get down to business," added Foster.
Foster is the newest addition to the Red Wolves’ recruiting class which presently consists of center Ronnie White, guard-forward Frederic Dure, guard Connor Kern, forward Adam Ward, forward Charles Waters, forward Anthony Livingston, and center Nouhoum "Nom" Bocoum.
A-State posted a 19-13 overall record for the 2013-14 season as the Red Wolves compiled 19 victories for the second season in a row (19-12 overall in 2012-13) to date.