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  1. 3 points
    They could be referring to whether Towson has officially granted them their respective releases. As I understand it, without an official release, a transfer can enroll at a new school, but must pay his own way (or I guess take out student loans) for the year he has to sit out. In other words, no free ride scholarship during the sit out year. So, let me say this-when I 1st heard ZM & Gorham were leaving I was, as a TU basketball fan, devastated. But, the more I ruminate on this, I’ve come around on my way of thinking-I’m now glad that the dark cloud from last years team-of which ZM & Gorham were a part of-has been lifted. Between EK’s bickering, Ingram’s quitting over minutes, Morman being kicked off the team, & now obviously ZM & Gorham having formed their own clique, I say good luck to all of them & its time to look forward, not backwards. My own sense (with the caveat that I’ve never met either young man) is that neither, especially ZM, embody the characteristics I’d like to see in a real “student athlete.” The vibe I get from ZM is that school is an annoyance, to be (barely) tolerated in order to play basketball. If that’s his mindset, fine, leave college & go play for pay. As to Gorham, I seem to recall he was suspended as a senior from his HS team. I’m not privy to why, but it should have raised a red flag as to his character. Bottom line, both have undeniable basketball skills. 1, or both, will eventually get paid, at some level, for their skills. But, they may learn a valuable lesson from all this, which is that the grass isn’t always greener someplace else. I have no sympathy for either. If they want, they’ll get an opportunity to continue playing college basketball at another school & will have a chance to parlay that opportunity into a degree. For either to infer they’re a “prisoner” demonstrates a mindset of one who is spoiled, immature, lacking a certain degree of education, & in complete denial. I’d rather lose without them, then win with them. Frankly, we’ve already lost with them, so their departures are hardly the end of TU basketball as we know it.
  2. 2 points
    I'll say it again, who's responsible for external relations in athletics now? Whomever it is should have oversight of marketing, promotions, tickets and perhaps development too. We had someone under Wayne, Mike and Mike II but who is it now? It's great that we spent all that money on the logo wraps for the Light Rail trains during football season (don't think basketball or lacrosse). They looked really cool but how many first timers did we attract to games? How much ticket revenue did we generate during basketball season when every single game included a promotion where you could get 4 free tickets? Unless your a die-hard lax fan, you're not coming out to watch Towson-Mercer in the dead of Winter. If you can't get a clear AM signal, have to pay to watch, don't know how to cast the game from your computer to your TV, etc....it's hard to get folks excited about Towson sports. End of rant.
  3. 2 points
    Matt Sovero's goal in overtime gave Towson the 9-8 win over Delaware tonight to send them to the CAA Finals to face #1 seed UMass on Saturday at 1pm (Lax Sports Network). The Tigers blew a four-goal lead in the fourth quarter with the Blue Hens scoring four straight, including two on extra-man goals. Chad Patterson also threw a misguided pass on a clear that the Hens took advantage of with Shane Brennan out of the night. After all that, the Tigers found a way to win in OT despite Alex Woodall not winning the face-of (Shawn Nadelen said his stick was being held after the game). But Sovero found a way with his first goal of the game to give the Tigers the sudden death winner. I'll be blogging and chatting on Saturday for those interested.
  4. 2 points
    I think that's a great point you make regarding the mindset of a player.....either they bail because they don't play or because they think they've become too good for the program. I will say this, I don't envy the job that coaches at the mid-major level have to do in terms of recruiting. A lot of these kids have one foot out the door at all times. In my opinion, Towson needs to make up its mind on what it wants to be known as in regard to its athletic programs. Go ALL in on one sport. Be known as an ELITE mid-major basketball program, a-la Butler circa 2007-2011, and truly commit to building the program. Become a "Giant-slayer" program and adopt an anyone, anywhere, anytime approach to scheduling. Kids/recruits respect that and want to be a part of that kind of culture. OR Recommit to building the football program and make every effort to become the North Dakota State of the east coast. Bring in the best coach you can get. Towson has been ambivalent about its sports identity for far too long. It should have far more success in its "core" sports than it does. It starts with a competent Athletic Director.
  5. 1 point
    Vermont is coming here. Playing GW on the road. We're playing in this tournament Atlantic City where we will be facing Tulane. Other game features La Salle and TBD. Also looking at some Ivies. You have Virginia, Bahamas, locals. One D3 team.
  6. 1 point
    This is not unique to us. By way of example, U Wisconsin-Milwaukee (or maybe it’s just U Milwaukee) lost their top 3 scorers from last season by way of transfers. Yes, these guys were talented, but I for one am not going to pine for them. It’s like being jilted by a woman-there’s always lots of other fish 🐠 in the ocean.
  7. 1 point
    At least it’s becoming a national story
  8. 1 point
    How about ZM’s scoring with JD’s heart and hustle!
  9. 1 point
    I guess not. There are a few that are definite HOFers who have not graduated. Not sure why G. Neal isn't in yet because I assumed he graduated in 2007.
  10. 1 point
    https://asgrbasketball.com/colonial-recruiting-2018-class-rankings/
  11. 1 point
    Still not completed. As mentioned earlier, Virginia is one of the big non-conf. opponents.
  12. 1 point
  13. 1 point
    I've only seen one tweet saying that Juwan Gray is transferring from San Diego to Towson. http://www.usdtoreros.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/juwan_gray_1018253.html
  14. 1 point
    Last season, we struggled in many facets. 1)FT shooting, esp. in the clutch. Avg. 68.7. Good for eighth in the league. 2)Three-point attempts. We made just 6.6 per game, while our opponents made 7.4. Our percentage (36.6% 3pt) wasn't bad. Just needed more attempts. 3)Passing was dreadful at times. Avg. just 11.8 assists per game, while opponents averaged 13.0. 4)Forced turnovers. Forced 13.3 per game, while turning the ball over 12.7 per game. 5)Rebounding margin wasn't bad at +5.6 per game but not as dominant as in year's past. Last year, the margin was +8.1 and we did win 20 games and went 11-7 in the CAA. 6)Players playing out of position. Conference stats: 1)Defense was terrible in the CAA. They allowed 75.6 points per game while averaging 77.7 points per game. Field goal percentage allowed was at 46.4% (overall was 42.9%). 2)Three-point defense was atrocious at 37.2% in the CAA and 33.7% overall. 3)Did lead the league in rebounding margin, blocks and steals. 4)Last in the CAA (conference play only) in assist to turnover ratio at 0.9. So did we improve or regress on paper? It's difficult to translate HS stats to D1 college, so who knows who the freshmen will do but Fobbs was a very good shooter at the line and from the field. T.J. Howard shot 80% from the line, 39% from 3 and 41% overall. Jordan McNeill was at 40%, 44.4% overall and just 61% from the line (14-23). Now if you throw Tunstall in the lineup, he's kind of a disaster on offense (46% FT) and doesn't show much aside from dunks and layups (72.2% FG). Then Sanders was around 47% FT at Duquesne, though he did work on FTs and overall shooting in his sit-out year. We'll see how much he improves. Potentially, the biggest improvement is on the defensive end, where ZM and JG both struggled. But once again, not sure if will be better. They could go with experience early in the backcourt adding Howard, Fobbs, and McNeill instead of going with a freshman. McNeill is at least solid defensively though tough to tell about Fobbs and Howard, though both are capable. Fobbs has the length and Howard has the strength. Sanders should be a big-time rebounder and defender. Newer doesn't necessarily mean worse or better. We'll just have a different look. A more skilled look, possibly with Fobbs, Timberlake, Solomon (can shoot) and Yagi (post play). Post defense last year was non-existent when Al Thomas was off the floor. Now you have Sanders (6-8, 245), Solomon O. (6-8, 220ish) and Yagi (6-8, 235). Ultimately, we missed Moto (6-6, 245) more than we thought we would along with JD (6-5, 230). Another big issue? Playing Eddie Keith at power forward and McNeill at point guard. It just didn't work out for either. EK played 25mpg and averaged just 4.9 rebounds while shooting 28% from 3pt. Post defense was an issue with him and with Gorham, who had to play center at 6-7, 230. So ultimately, you had a 3-man playing the 4 and a combo forward playing center. Not really by design because there were no other options. And we don't even need to get into stats on McNeill at point guard. If you watched him for those 5-10 minutes per game, it was just rough.
  15. 1 point
    Let’s hope Skerry learned from his previous mistakes in recruiting and that this class can gel, both on and off the court.
  16. 1 point
  17. 1 point
    I think the TV deal has something to do with it. How much? It's hard to quantify unless you ask every single kid who transferred out but it's absolutely ridiculous that we can't get on TV and that's on him along with the presidents and ADs in the league. But hey, at least Joe D. is out there stopping lacrosse balls and taking face-offs for us while our CAA tournament has moved to paid subscription LaxSportsNet from the lowly American Sports Network (non-HD).
  18. 1 point
    TU2012, your post brings to mind a larger debate now going on in some quarters-whether D1 basketball & football players should be paid, seeing as they generate huge income for the schools they play for. Without getting in to that in detail, it’s fair to point out, as you did, the multitude of benefits these kids already get, that the overwhelming majority of their fellow non-athlete students don’t. So, while the ZM’s of the world may feel “used” in some sense, it should also, in the interest of fairness, be pointed out how the ZM’s of the world are being given a golden opportunity to “use” the university to hone their playing skills, get a platform to audition for the pros, & get a degree, all while getting free tuition, room & board, and all the other perks attendent to being a D1 football or basketball player
  19. 1 point
    Kid has decent handles and I love his pump fakes. Looks like a possible stretch 4. Nice to see Pat switching it up with a euro player. Let’s just hope he’s better than Alex Gavrilovic.
  20. 1 point
    Seems like a great addition to the university. Class act and good heart. From his twitter account it looks like he does a lot with special Olympics as well. Kudos and wish him nothing but the best! https://mobile.twitter.com/jeffmillerqb/status/980983529054982145
  21. 1 point
    Yes Pusica went from averaging 8.3ppg as a sophomore to becoming one of the best players in the CAA two years later.
  22. 1 point
    hoops all day. football is on a slowwwwwwwwwww death march. Well below 500 since mr. west left campus. 1 ncaa tournament win is worth more to a school than 3 FCS trophies.
  23. 1 point
    As I've said before, Mike Waddell knew that success in men's basketball was the best way to gain mainstream national attention for the University. No one other than D1-AA fans will remember that Towson played for a national championship. I think winning a game(s) in the NCAA tournament always equates to the mainstream believing that Mason, VCU, Nevada, Loyola, Wofford, Davidson, etc have good basketball programs year in and out even if they don't like Mason. I'm not sure that Leonard thinks that way and I'd bet the last President to believe in basketball was Dr. Caret. My two cents now back to recruiting updates...
  24. 1 point
    Nadelen Excited for our team to earn a tough win over a good Fairfield, who gave us everything we could handle and we expected that. We knew what was at stake. We stayed positive and poised in some difficult times so I'm proud of these guys. Chetner I saw him (Fromert) open on the backside and we hit the shot. Chetner on ball movement It's always nice. The D stepped up in the second half and we had more possessions at the x. We had a lot of tight games so we didn't panic. Just keep moving the ball. I thoght we did a great job of moving the ball offensively and grinded it out. Chetner winning on senior day Any win is good to get. We knew we had to win to get in the tournament. Chetner on 2nd quarter They had a lot of momentum going into halftime. We didn't change a lot. We knew if we kept moving the ball and getting to the backside, we would be fine. I felt like we settled down a lot more in the second half. On year It's been up-and-down. It's nice to get some momemntum and start stringing wins together. Tough season. A lot of close games. It's nice to be on the winning side. Hopefully, we can get a couple of more here. Patterson on D We got away from who we were. We talked about it at halftime to play the way we knew how to play. The Towson defensive way. On Nadelen's second timeout after it was 5-3 Fairfield It was probably one goal too late. I almost called it after their fourth goal. The wheels were coming off a little bit. We were playing too much defense and had too many turnovers on our end. We wanted to calm down. We lost ourselves a little bit. We had to make it more challenging defensively. We worn down a bit on defense and offensively, we were careless with the ball. We gave them too many opportunities in the second quarter. It was more about re-focusing. On turnovers It wasn't just the offense. The defense had a couple of poor clears. A lot of their own fault on D. As a team, whether we get to play a lot on D or O, every rep matters. That's why you are on the field. You have to do your part. Patterson on getting final stop It felt great. To get that final stop. Rewarding to stop the last opportunity. Nads on key to getting fourth straight title We have to play better. Twenty turnovers? To get a win, you have to have bounces go you way. We have to decrease those. Many were on our own, just simple mistakes. We have to play cleaner, disciplined and poised. On this year's CAA trny I don't think there's a target on our back. UMass is the top seed and they earned it. Through our past success we've earned some awarness from other teams. Everybody is good enough. We're not going to be taken lightly.
  25. 1 point
    These upgrades are long overdue. Getting extra practice fields (turfed) will help out with recruiting! I just hope one of the turfed fields will be an indoor facility (The lower practice field would be the perfect place for it) That would allow teams to practice in bad weather, cold weather (for the outdoor spring sports) and just help bring us in line with JMU and Delaware.

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