BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State head men’s basketball coach Jim Fox has announced the signings of J.C. Tharrington (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) and Donovan Gregory (Matthews, N.C./Carmel Christian School).
As a junior at Charlotte Catholic, Tharrington (6-1, 165, G) averaged 13.2 points, 6.7 assists and 1.4 steals in 32 games. He made a career-best 72 three-pointers, tallied his 1,000th career point and was named Second Team All-CISAA during the 2017-18 season.
In his first three seasons, Tharrington is shooting 46.9 percent from beyond the arc and has drained 174 three-pointers, while owning a 3.58 assist to turnover ratio.
“We are thrilled to have J.C. and his family become part of our basketball program,” said Fox. “J.C. is a tireless worker with a strong basketball IQ. He fits superbly into our culture. J.C. plays with a chip on his shoulder and we really like that. He will bring toughness to our program day in and day out.”
As a junior in the 2017-18 season, Gregory (6-5, 200, G/F) averaged 19.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 3.1 assists at Carmel Christian School, earning First Team NCISAA All-State honors for the second straight season.
In addition, he led the Carmel Christian School to the 2017-18 NCISAA 2A state championship. During the run to the state title, he averaged 18.3 points, including a 19-point, eight-rebound performance in the state championship game.
“Donovan has the potential to be a very special player her at Appalachian State,” remarked Fox. “Like J.C., he has played for a strong high school program. Donovan brings versatility and toughness to our team. He is one of those players that can do it all because of his work ethic. He will continue to grow as a player during his time here and will be fun to watch. We look forward to having the Gregory family on the mountain.”