ATLANTA - Jervon Pressley, a highly-touted power forward from Charlotte, N.C., has signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball at Georgia State, head coach Rod Barnes announced Friday.

Pressley is a 6-8 power forward from E.E. Waddell High School, where he played for Jermaine Walker.. He is the first player to sign with the Panthers this season.

"I think it is a really big signing for us," commented Barnes. "He is talented high school player who is a great defender and a great rebounder. Overall, he is a very good athlete."

"One of the things that we wanted to focus on was bringing in a young high school player who we thought could contribute immediately and we definitely think that he is the guy."

Pressley, known for having great energy and a strong build, is a super interior defender. ESPN.com listed Pressley with excellent size, big hands and strong legs. He goes for the boards out of his area and is a fine outlet passer. Because of his wing span, he plays much bigger than his 6-8 height. He is very active running the floor and is an excellent offensive rebounder in transition. The site has him listed as No. 42 at his position in the country.

"I really like his upside. I think he really has a chance to have an impact in our league."

Barnes will look to sign one more player to add to the roster for the 2011-12 season.

State begins its 2010-11 regular season on Tuesday night, facing McNeese State in Lake Charles, La. at 8 p.m. The home opener is set for next Friday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. against former conference rival Troy.

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