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  2. I was thinking about this the other day. While I have no real clue about other sports other than football, men's basketball and men's lacrosse, I do have an opinion about other sports including baseball, gymnastics, volleyball and women's lacrosse. Let's face it, the reason Kacy Catanzaro is going into the TUHOF this fall because she was an outstanding gymnast. It also doesn't hurt that she currently wrestles for the WWE ($). These are the rules below and remember that graduation is no longer a requirement. Thought about that when Richie Palacios hit a home run for Tampa Bay today against the Yankees and that he should be a no-brainer when he's eligible in 2028. Same with Casper Wells (2005), but for some reason, the pitcher/OF, who spent four seasons in the big leagues is not in the HOF. https://towsontigers.com/honors/hall-of-fame THE SELECTION PROCESS A selection committee consisting of the Athletics Director or at least one designee, the committee chair (HOF president), a communications historian, a former coach or administrator of significant tenure and at least six current Hall of Fame members of diverse affiliation shall meet annually during the month of February to elect a maximum of four (4) inductees. Exceptions to the rule of four (4) inductees may be approved by the committee’s majority vote (50 per cent constitutes a majority). At the meeting, in rank-order voting, each committee member shall develop a list of 10 maximum nominees, ranking highest to lowest numerically, with the top aggregate point totals constituting that year’s induction class. Additionally, a past team whose performance resulted in a championship title, earned it post-season playoff opportunities or brought national attention to its program, may be considered for induction as a Team of Distinction. Football: No-brainers Terrance West (4,848yds, 84 TDs in 3 yrs) OT Eric Pike, 4th-team All-American in 2012 and HM AAi n 2012, first-team All-American in 2013. Third team All-CAA in 2011. Safety Jordan Dangerfield (2011-12), second-team All-American in 2012. First-team All-American in 2011 (Colege Sports Journal) First team all-conference in 2012 and 2011. Played in the NFL from 2016-2020 (didn't play in 2017). DE Ryan Delaire (2013-14). 4th all-time in sacks with 22.5. Second-team All-American in 2014 and Third-team AP in 2014. First team All-CAA in 2014 and 2013. Played in the NFL from 2015-18 Should be in: RB Darius Victor (41 TDs, 2nd to T-West, 3,309 yds, 3rd-all time). Grad 2016. Should be eligible in 2026 RB Jason Corle (2nd all-time rusher 3,601 yds, 1996-99, 33 TDs 3rd all-time, 188 catches, 3rd all-time). Why is Corle not in? He played partially in the non-scholarship period for football, but also played in the Patriot League. CB Tye Smith (2011-14), First-team All-CAA in 2014, second team in 2013, third team in 2012. First team All-American in 2014 (Beyond Sports Network) and third team in 2014 (AP, Sports Network). Played in the NFL from 2015-21 On the bubble: WR Shane Leatherbury (2017-19). Tied for third with HOFer Jamal White with 21 TDs. Eighth all-time with 149 catches. Tied for first all-time with 12 TDs in one season (w/HOFer Mark Orlando). Tenth all-time with 1,848 receiving yards in three seasons. First team All-CAA in 2019. LB Monte Gaddis 2nd team All-American in 2012 (College Sports Madness), second team all-CAA in 2013 and 2012 QB Grant Enders (2011-12), 2nd team All-CAA in 2012, 10th all-time in passing yards with 4,423, 8th in TDS with 35 QB Tom Flacco (2018-19). 6th all-time passing yards 6,082. Tied for first with HOFer Dan Crowley with 28 TDs in 2018. Third in TDs all-time with 50. CAA Offensive Player of the Year in 2018. DE Frank Beltre (2009-12) Third-team AA in 2012. First-team All-Conference in 2012, 2011, third team in 2010. Men's Basketball With Jerrelle Benimon going in this year, the only snubs in my lifetime would be guards Ralph Blalock and Terrance Jacobs. The locks who are not eligible yet are obvious: Nick Timberlake, Charles Thompson and Cam Holden. We know their accolades and that led to wins on the floor. Blalock (1992-96). Was 6-2, 205. Rarely played as a freshman, he has 1,498 points, just 29 points ahead of Bill Leonard (HOFer). Top five all-time three-point percentage (40%), 8th all-time in field goal percentage (50.2%). Led team team in scoring with 17.1 points in 1995-96 and 17.3 points in 1994-95. First-team all conference in the Big South as a junior and second team Big-South as a sophomore. First-team All-NAC (North Atlantic Conference as senior). Terrance Jacobs (1990-92). Allegany CC transfer. ranked 10th-all time with 122 steals in two years. "TJ" was ECC Player of the Year as a senior and led the CAA with 7.9 rebounds as a 6-3 guard. Helped Towson to win two straight ECC titles. Averaged 15.9ppg as a junior. Shot 48.5% from the field. One of the toughest defenders of all time. Played one season at ODU. Bubble Guard Brian Fobbs scored 1,083 points in two seasons (2018-20). Earned all-CAA second team in 2018-19 and 2019-20.
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  5. mat1992

    2024 General Football Thread

    All-American TE Carter Runyon
  6. I think with all the creative ideas and some more giving, we should have some money for transfer or two next season, while also trying to retain as many starters as possible. Some of the bigger donors are more old school and may not believe in paying players.
  7. Quarterback? Davis looked good in the spring. Preseason practice is coming up soon.
  8. Bay Area Tiger

    What will the rotation look like in the fall?

    With very like NIL money it is extremely hard to land an impact big man to replace CT.
  9. Worried about the 5 not going to lie
  10. Bay Area Tiger

    2024 General Football Thread

    August 31st is approaching quickly. This is the most excited I’ve been for Towson football in a long time. Give me a player deserving of me buying his gear this season? I got Hunter sweatshirt last year.
  11. Appreciate the updates as always! Getting us excited about basketball when football is almost a month away! How's the quarterback looking? Should we be getting excited or is everything a giant Question mark?
  12. It's July 18th which means MBB has about 3 1/2 months before facing Saint Mary's on Nov. 4. Here's my little note for each player on the strengths and what we hope they improve up in that span before preseason practice and the opener. Team strengths: Perimeter defense. Rebounding. Still a concern without CT. but Skerry's teams always go the glass. Tejada, Lowery, Jones and Sulaiman are all capable of stepping up on the boards. A faster tempo should help a team with more athletic bigs, a four-guard lineup and an two athletic point guards who can push it along with Lowery. Having Charles Thompson bring the ball up the court numerous times meant that the tempo was not going to be fast. Team question marks: FG shooting (43% LY). Better finishing at the rim is a must. FT shooting? Last year (67%). No CT should help that, whoever the post defense without Charles Thompson. That may not be a weakness but they need to find the right combo at center. Thompson defensive presence will be missed. He was on the all-Defensive team FOUR times. Have to hope that Embeya and Samb can protect the rim and Jones/Sulaiman/Coleman can be the rugged, undersized but physical post players that CT was without the length. Three-point shooting (32.8% LY). The loss of Jason Gibson and Ryan Conway from the season before was felt last season. After four practices and I know this is just my point of view, because this didn't take into account what happened when I wasn't there. Weights are current from what I heard. 1)Tomiwa Sulaiman (6-6, 225). May have made the biggest jump offensively. Jumper looks smooth from three and mid-range. Not a great athlete so needs to use both hands around the basket. Good FT shooter so you'd like to see him go to the line more. Right now, Jones has the edge in experience but I'd prefer him starting at center if they go the veteran route. Plus he can be a stretch 5 or 4 and pull a bigger player away from the basket. 2)Jaiden Cole (6-4, 177). One of the best shooters on the team. Was hoping that he'd be that guy to step in for Conway last season, but his injuries and lack of strength set him back. Not sure he's ready for the rotation and has to improve on both ends. Would like to see him get even stronger, because he put on about 12 pounds. Still needs to work on his handle. 3)Tyler Coleman (6-6, 220). Certainly a favorite of the staff. "Red" works his ass off in practice and he's showing bounce that I didn't know he had in his previous three seasons. He will rebound and defend decently. Doesn't really have much of a perimeter offensive game. The issue is that they have Jones and Sulaiman ahead of him. He's more athletic than those guys, but both are becoming decent three-point shooters. 4)Dylan Williamson (6-1, 185). If you look at his redshirt freshman season, he shot 34% from three-point range and 40% from the field. He averaged nearly 3 assists per game in 26.4mpg. Would like to see that assist number go up though it's not his fault when he throws perfect passes to the corner and guys miss shots. He's taking a huge jumper from last summer in terms of strength, poise and running a ballclub. Best scorer off the dribble since prime Zane Martin or B Fobbs. Assuming they rebound defensively and push the ball a lot more, he'll benefit big-time. Started just 14 games last season. 5)Christian May (6-5, 207). May shed a little bit of weight to get quicker. He did lead the team in scoring last season at 10.8ppg, but shot just 39% from the field and 34% from beyond the arc. Needs to continue to move without the ball and get to the rim on one or two dribbles. Great athlete, but needs to finish better. 10)Radhir Hicks (6-0, 180). The key with "Rad" is to stay healthy. If he can do that, he'll give Williamson a breather and they may play together for some minutes. His three-point shot looks a bit better and he does have confidence out there. But his first priority is taking care of the ball. His defense is fine. 11)Mekhi Lowery (6-6, 205). Lowery continues to get bigger and stronger. He can handle as well as any guard. If he ever finds a consistent perimeter shot, it's over. He might be a year away from that (and getting big NIL) with a few more pounds needed. Incredible length and leaping ability with BB smarts. Should be fun to watch if they run more. 12)Abdou Samb (6-8, 218). Wore No. 30 in the summer. Very long and pretty athletic. Lack of strength hurts him on the offensive end. Defensively, can block shots and should be able to rebound. Offensively, just needs to set screens and rim run. Not sure if he's in the rotation. 13)Chike Ndefo (6-7, 210). He's one of those players where you know when the light turns on, he'll be effective. Not sure when that will happen because he has a man's body. But he'll need that month+ of practice and two more scrimmages against D1 opponents to see where he's at. Has the ability to knock down 3s, but will only play more if he can defend wings on the perimeter as he's adjusting from playing the post in HS. 15)Tyler Tejada (6-8, 220). Tyler played just 23 mpg last season. He averaged 10.1ppg on 41% shooting and 35% from beyond the arc. Needs to improve rebounding (3.3rpg). Will now play more of a power forward role. Needs to get to the line more because he shot 84% from the charity stripe. 23)Caleb Embeya (6-9, 220). Slender big man with a 7-2 wingspan should start at center at some point, but probably not on Nov. 4. Very talented player still trying to figure out his role, especially on offense. On Thursday, he took a pass from 7 feet away from the basket and instead of turning towards the cup, he passed it off in the corner. Seems to be closer to being a player than Ndefo, who is more physically ready, but learning a new position. 24)Nenda Tarke (6-4, 205). Tarke missed 10 games due to the NCAA transfer rule. In 24 games, he averaged 28mpg, shot 33% from the field and 28% from beyond the arc. My biggest worry was his FT shooting and he made 70%, which was a step up. But he needs to take more shots driving to the cup and in mid-range. I know the analytics say 3s or layups, but at some point, you have to stay in your lane. He also took a lot of 3s past way beyond the line. Defensively, he had 37 steals in 24 games, which was a little less than his career average. In better shape and played at a very fast pace at Coppin State, so that should help him. 25)Messiah Jones (6-5, 230). Jones had a strange summer. Was very up-and-down and had some various ailments. Did play center at Wofford and that appears to be his more natural position. Was hoping for Johnny Davis in terms of lefty hooks in the lane and didn't quite get that. The one thing he did well for the first time last season was make 3s (11 of 28, 39%). Not sure what they are going to do this fall in terms of rotation other than the obvious. I'll bold the ones I think will play at least 10mpg. Remember that a lot of those guys can play numerous positions. Tejada is a 3-4, Lowery can play 1-4, Tarke 1-3, DWill 1-2, May 2-3, Sulaiman 4-5, Coleman 4-5, etc. So if May start at the 3 and Tarke at the 2, Lowery can come in for either player. Sulaiman would likely take Tejada's place at the 4 or play some center. Having a tall wing in Tejada (6-8) with May at 6-5 at two-guard and Lowery, a 6-6 with a 7-1 wingspan playing wherever, they can afford a smaller center, but of course, that depends on who they face. I can see Lowery doubling the post a lot against a Brezovic, if the smaller Jones is on him, though Messiah might be strong enough to keep him out of the lane. Not sure the 6-9 Embeya is but hopefully by January, he adds a few pounds and gets stronger in the lower body. Same for Samb. One of the best things about this program is that S&C part. PG DWill, R. Hicks SG May, Tarke, Cole SF Lowery, Ndefo PF Tejada, Sulaiman, Coleman C Jones, Embeya, Samb
  13. mat1992

    Third and Fourth Summer Practice Updates

    I'm calling it the way I see it as I always do. If guys play great, just as Timberlake did two summers ago, I'm going to give him his kudos. I've said it here several times that May wasn't great over the summer in 2023 and it showed in his lack of consistency in the fall. I think the quicker pace will help him get some transition points. But I also can't say I'm overwhelmed with the center position. Why do we need guys to give, whether it's from basketball alums or alums period for NIL? Look at the center position. But I'm really high on Williamson, Tejada and Lowery. I just hope Mekhi can find a semblance of a jumper because he FTs look better. He's almost too unselfish but that ability to get to the basket off the dribble and finish is a nice sight to see.
  14. TuTigers2012

    Third and Fourth Summer Practice Updates

    Very nice that they invited the alums back and they showed. Hopefully they support the program financially as well. This type of support has not been the norm until recently. Kudos to them for putting this event together. You’re usually very optimistic and these reports are some good then some bad. Wish we had more consistency. The 5 spot is going to be rough and besides our choking down the stretch, will be our downfall
  15. mat1992

    Third and Fourth Summer Practice Updates

    https://x.com/wbaltv11/status/1814080980463825312?s=46&t=nScacl1TWT-KyOwj5stBaw Some video from WBAL-TV
  16. mat1992

    Third and Fourth Summer Practice Updates

    More alums were there today to play or watch. Some of the players from my era were there (Chuck Lightening, Larry Brown, Lou Waller, Patrick Manning) as well as Billy Leonard and two from the D2 Vince Angotti era. As for the Skerry-era players, Nolan, Four, Timberlake, Cam and CT were back. Brian Fobbs and Juwan Gray were also there. All were in shape since they were playing overseas, though Fobbs looked a little heavy. But was the best player on the floor as I had him for 17 points. This was not the same setup as last time fortunately. You had the Black going against the Gold and also the Gray (the veterans). It was fullcourt for four minutes and they kept switching fives. The starters had Messiah Jones at center, Tejada, May, Tarke and Dylan. The Gold was Hicks, Lowery, Sulaiman and a mixture of others. Hicks looked good at times, but since he wasn't playing with May, Tejada or Dylan, he didn't have many shooters with him. I'd still like to see unselfish play as I had him for 4 of 9 and 2 of 5 from 3pt and 11 points. (stats are unofficial). The guy who stood out to me was Sulaiman. I had him for 11 points including a circus-like reverse layup. Had him for 5 of 10 with five boards. Dylan was solid with 13 points and made the right passes for the most part. C May struggled in the early part making just one of his first five three-pointers. Once the tempo picked up, he had a nice throwdown and drive. Wound up with 10 points but just 2 of 8 from 3. At least it wasn't bad as Nick, who appeared to have a Kansas hangover. I wasn't taking stats for the alums, but he must have missed his first 8 shots including a wide open dunk, but ended with a 3 and a follow up dunk. He also blocked Abdo Samb's shot off the glass, which was probably a goaltending, but not called. Lowery should start over Tarke. That's just my opinion, but you kind of know what you'll get from Tarke. You don't know exactly what you'll get from Lowery other than defense. But the dribble-drive game is starting to get there and he can finish because he's a bit bigger. I had him for six points, all on drives. He did not attempt a shot over 5 feet so I guess know your lane, but ultimately, he needs a 15-footer because defenses will just play him for the drive. But the passing, the length and athletic ability, the faster pace and the BB IQ is going to be a big help assuming he plays more minutes. That's not a good sign for Samb, who is 6-8 and around 220. Doesn't have the best hands and is not going to an offensive threat. The bigger question, assuming they start Jones (who once again struggled) is whether Embeya or Samb or both play minutes at the 5. Embeya had just two points and a bad turnover or two, but he blocked at least two shots and had five rebounds. The more he plays, especially against Thompson and veterans, the better he looks. The game still looks a little fast for him right now. He appears afraid to make mistakes on offense. On defense, he lacks the strength right now to defend a 250+ pound big like Thompson, who abused him once a nice baseline post move. However, he also understands who to use his length to his benefit. He has a pretty good feel, but it's going to take time. Coleman showed flashes and his athleticism with a nice flow dunk. Had him for 4 points, 2 steals, and two rebounds. He's better and his athleticism has changed to the point where I've never seen such progress. But he still has to produce more to get in the rotation. Not much to say about Chike Ndefo. I think he took one shot. I'm sure he'll even be in the rotation. I'd say Sulaiman and Tarke or Lowery are definites off the bench. Then you have Samb, Embeya and possibly Coleman at the post spot. Hicks would back up the point. I think they need one more shooter off the bench. I didn't mention Tarke because I thought he struggled badly at times with turnovers and tough threes. If I'm the coaches, Tarke is only shooting 3s if he's wide open or the clock is winding down. He backed down Four McGlynn a couple of times and scored. Love to see that more. His dribble drive game is adequate, but he's still not finishing on his way to the basket. The only player who finishes pretty consistently is D-Will and Hicks, who doesn't drive much, has been pretty good at finishing near the cup on drives or floaters. IMO, this is Dylan Williamson's team. Yes, Tejada could lead the team in scoring this year. Maybe May. I know it's just the summer, but I'd like to see Tejada a little more involved offensively. I had him for just five shots, making two. But ultimately, I'd like to see some two-man game with him and Dylan. He needs to post up some and move around a little more without the ball. He's wasted at 6-8, 220, if he's just going to stay on the perimeter. I assume that will come in the fall when more offensive plays are added.
  17. mat1992

    Third and Fourth Summer Practice Updates

    I went today and will have an evaluation later https://x.com/towsontigerzone/status/1814048926892470310?s=46&t=nScacl1TWT-KyOwj5stBaw
  18. mat1992

    Third and Fourth Summer Practice Updates

    Short video from yesterday https://x.com/towson_mbb/status/1813955064496799967?s=46&t=nScacl1TWT-KyOwj5stBaw
  19. Chris Datres

    General Basketball Thread for 2024-25

    That's a good get to have JMU for a home-and-home. I'm sure they're as strapped as we are to get opponents to schedule them. That Bryant game will be a nice one to attend over Xmas.
  20. Bay Area Tiger

    Third and Fourth Summer Practice Updates

    I bet Scooter Alexander at age 51 can still shoot it.
  21. Blounge

    Third and Fourth Summer Practice Updates

    Would love to see the big fella Jerelle Bennimon run it back with Timaj Parker-Rivera, Johnny Davis, Marcus Damas and company from 2013. Bet they could still bully the current players
  22. Blounge

    Third and Fourth Summer Practice Updates

    Charlie Thompson Cam Holden Juwan Gray four Mcglinn nic Timberlake jason gibson Terry Nolan
  23. mat1992

    Third and Fourth Summer Practice Updates

    This is from PS' Twitter. See if you can name everyone aside from Parfait, Chris Conway, PS, and PO. https://x.com/CoachPatSkerry/status/1813750186277061070
  24. Blounge

    General Basketball Thread for 2024-25

    https://x.com/jonrothstein/status/1813717376044838919?s=46&t=_ArGClX3XZ7EdROrGIJtmw What was once your run of the mil, mid CAA matchup Towson/JMU is now a major mid-major matchup. Call up monumental for this marquee feels like March match! i don’t think UMASS will ever play us again! who else is tough enough to come to SECU? Not Maryland!
  25. TuTigers2012

    General Basketball Thread for 2024-25

    Good get. My wife, the Jmu alum, hates this as now she has to go to the game
  26. mat1992

    TU Big Give is Today

    GOH donor https://x.com/gohcollective/status/1813610723194581459?s=46&t=nScacl1TWT-KyOwj5stBaw
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