Eric Hester Joins Akron Basketball Program

By Published: 5/2/2017 8:43:09 PM Custom Tag

Courtesy: Akron Athletics

Akron, Ohio – The Akron Zips continue to build for the future by adding Florida Gator transfer Eric Hester (Clearwater, Fla.) to the roster, head coach John Groce announced Tuesday.

"We are excited to add a player like Eric to the roster," Groce said. "He is a 6-foot-3 high-energy guard with a 6-foot-10 wingspan. He is an exceptional two-way player that uses his length and skill to be a tremendous defender as well as an explosive offensive player that can make shots and finish at the rim."

Hester arrives to Akron from Florida and will be eligible to compete during the 2018-19 season. As a freshman at Florida, Hester played in 20 games, averaging 5.6 minutes per game. He scored 43 total points, supported by a 15-of-23 (.652) showing from the field that included an 11-of-19 (.579) effort from beyond the 3-point arc. In addition, Hester pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out six assists with six steals.

Hester's freshman season highlights include a career-high 16 points at LSU on a perfect 5-of-5 performance from long distance. He also scored eight points against Missouri on 3-of-5 (.600) shooting and 2-of-4 (.500) from deep.

"As we continue to build our roster it is essential that we add versatile players like Eric," Groce said. "Coming from a great high school program and playing at Florida, Eric has competed against some of the best guards in the country. He knows what it takes to be successful at this level and loves to be in the gym. Eric plays with a high-level of emotion and energy, and that passion inspires his teammates."

Hester was rated as a four-star prospect out of Oldsmar Christian. In addition, USA Today had Hester tabbed as a Top 100 player as he led the Eagles to a 26-4 record as a senior and 27-9 prep record. With Hester on the squad, the Eagles were ranked in the Top 100 nationally and as high as 5th in the state of Florida.

The C.P. and Cornelia S. Chima Athletics Ticket Office is now accepting deposits for 2017-18 men's basketball season tickets. Fans, can place deposits online anytime on GoZips.com/Tickets, or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET on Mondays through Fridays by either calling 1-888-99-AKRON (25766) or visiting The C.P. and Cornelia S. Chima Athletics Ticket Office at InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field (located at 375 E. Exchange Street, near Gate 1 at the southwest corner of the venue, at the corner of E. Exchange and S. Union streets). Attention, existing season ticket holders' renewal information will be arriving shortly.
Published: 5/2/2017 8:43:09 PM Custom Tag