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    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
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    Steve Eigenbrot is about to enter this third season as the Director of Athletic at Towson U. On a very hot Monday afternoon, I had a chance to discuss a few topics including NIL, the CAA, Alston and more. On TV deal “I would say that the Flo deal has 2 or 3 years. The shortcomings that you may perceive in our streaming opportunity, they were massively exploited by the fact that we didn’t have regional TV. In order to make sense of the package, that allows us to make it work. If you’re not making it work, your basketball games are hard to find. Being on CBS, national TV, we were on national TV 11 times last year including the lacrosse game. Basketball ended up on CBS six times. Flo gives us the opportunity and ESPN would not. We had a couple of games on MeTV. There were conflicts with the Wizards and Caps. (waiting on NBA schedule to announce Monumental deal with football and basketball).” Facilities “My hope is that we’re able to break ground on the field house in the spring. Tricky thing is that football is in the fall and lacrosse is the spring. Those are the two major tenants. It’s going to exceed the summer. Will it be a 15-month, 18-month build? Finalizing the funding formula is something where we are close to. I hold on to the spring of next year (as the start).” On second weight room “The field house will not take on the new weight room. The weight room project, we’re hopeful that in the next 30 days, we will start making changes in the (Towson Center) to bring a second weight room to fit 28-40 student-athletes to lift. Our hope is to have access to that. Hoping that the rigidness around the schedules, practice and classes gets freed up. Our hope is that it will be up by January.” On field house issues “There is a river that runs underneath Johnny Unitas Stadium. Expanding the footprint of the building is difficult. The premise of the project is that the groundfloor of the building is significantly larger than the second and third floor. The scope of the project will increase the second and third floor to match the footprint of the first floor. We can expand offices and team meeting space. We have no real meeting space for the teams other than the Minnegan room. Organizing the offices where there will be a lacrosse suite. We’ll get that fixed. The big thing is renovating the training room. If we don’t touch the training room now, there are some health and safety issues. That training room reeks of its original build. We need to get the hydrotherapy in there up to snuff. All told, it will be an $18M project. When I started, it was $7M. It’s increased significantly, but we have some good momentum to figure out how to pay for it.” On stadium expansion “That’s further down the priority list. The Towson Center needs to be a better version of itself. I didn’t want to build an $18M Field House without having some semblance of an idea of how much we’re going to spend and what we’re going to do to make the Towson Center a better version of itself. I believe that the Towson Center gym is a massive opportunity. We need to seize it and make it better. We’re talking about how we can fund the Towson Center, renovating the training room here (TC) and renovating the gym, bringing the turf space online and serving our weather issues. Loose numbers is that the Towson Center gym is about $10M to renovate, $4-5M for the training center. Turning the gym into a 30x40 space for football, lacrosse, baseball and retaining the two courts. No starting date. I want to make sure we’re keeping our eyes on both things. Working on a re-payment plan. I’m trying to focus on realistic fundraising numbers. We’ve got creative that we reached a deal with Coppermine. They are going to do some youth sports on our field. Getting kids exposed to Towson and also enjoying the revenue that comes with it. That’s important in how we pay for this.” On FCS football and home schedule “I would say that if you’re concerned about FCS football and the current environment. I’m a firm believer that big-time programs and Group of Five programs is that they are going to have to make very difficult decisions. We’re at a much more stable place than some of those Group of Five opportunities. We as a league are committed to provide Alston for men’s and women’s basketball. The American Conference, MAC and Conference USA doesn’t do.” “Alston is an educational-related benefit that allows us to give up to $5,980 to a student-athlete based on some level of academic performance. Unlike Cost of Attendance, which is a number that each institution registers with the federal government. The COA at Towson may be twice what it is in Delaware or half at Hofstra. It has nothing to do with collegiate athletics at the end of the day. There are some monies that we can provide student-athletes really as a part of their scholarship. Alston at Towson, is based on our GPA requirement (2.6), tied to study hall. As long as you have a 2.6 that semester and you can get half that number. If you have a GPA below that, there is another opportunity to get full Alston, but you have to do more community service. Why GPA is an important measure, not all majors are created equal. If you have a 2.3 and you’re a biochemist, there should be a pathway to get funds. Because we sponsor football at the FCS level, I think we’re able to compete in some areas nationally in lacrosse and basketball, where other conferences aren’t as competitive. I’m very comfortable with where we are sponsoring FCS football. I wouldn’t be shocked if some Group of Five people would go down to FCS to compete for a national championship. The team that wins the MAC might get into the playoff, (but not realistic). In the CAA, four or more teams have a shot. At Towson and most of the schools in the CAA, the Alston funds for men’s and women’s basketball, every kind on a scholarship gets it. In lacrosse, we fund it the way we fund the programs. 12.5 scholarships. You can give a walk-on full Alston. We let (Coach Nadelen and Carr) figure it out.” In terms of out of state tuition “Towson’s population has grown precipitously in-state. Out of state students pay more $$ when they come here. The school is about 91% in-state, our athletic department is about 60% out-of-state. Kids see the value coming to TU out of state. At (South Carolina), there were lot of ways for an out of state kid to qualify for an in-state tuition. Whether it was based on picking a major… the approach that we’ve taken at Towson, is that all the bordering states, plus New York and New Jersey, there’s an opportunity for students to earn a scholarship that sits in the middle If in-state tuition is $26 and out of state is $40. You take the middle and if you get into Towson on your own and your from PA, you’ll pay $34,000 (math is not quite right, but the premise is). It’s gone really well. In the first year, our Apps went through the roof in the neighboring states. The yield wasn’t as high as we wanted (kids that said yes, going to Towson), wasn’t as high as we wanted. Looks like the out of state yield has been much better. Baseball and field hockey. They have a lot of talented kids coming from PA.” On Richmond and Delaware leaving “President S ere you’re planted. Dr. Ginsberg talked about it a little bit. I don’t think either of us is as excited about another opportunity beyond (the CAA). Richmond and Delaware are different paths. Delaware you can figure out what they’re trying to do. It’s not that hard. The Richmond was a little bit curious and interesting. A-10 basketball is trying to get their powder dry. I think if I told Coach Pete that we’re going to the Patriot League, I don’t think he’d be all that happy with his boss for awhile. Their conference affiliation is different from ours. I don’t see the upside of what they are trying to do. To me it seems that they are capitalizing more on basketball and taking away resources from football.” On Delaware leaving “Pat Skerry was down in Georgia over the weekend. He mentioned of trying to play Delaware (after they leave). I’d love to do that and I’m sure we’ll talk (to Delaware AD). There’s a lot of familiarity there. Would like to lock-in a non-conference opponent (like Delaware). The success that we’re having in basketball, is making it very difficult for us to formulate a non-conference schedule because there is not a lot of willingness to play us. Playing South Carolina. We signed that over a year ago. You schedule bad teams, you beat the tar out of them and that’s how you improve your NET.” As for playing Maryland “We put some energy and effort of trying to play them in a neutral site (Baltimore). We have yet to land the plane. Play them in football in 2025, 28 and 30.” “The grumbling may be that if a conference expands the conference games in the future, that they’d be more apt to cut back on Group of Five games in non-conference. For the most part, I don’t (guaranteed games) going away. I think we’re good.” On basketball home schedule “Personal relationships have helped us at the end of the day. We just got done with a home-and-home with an A-10 program. Figuring out how to do that kind of thing. Talking to some Sun Belt programs. There is a good opportunity for us to play 5-6 non-conference home games. I don’t know if Bryant check that box. The last two times we played an A-10 team. So hard to get good homes that you have move heaven and earth to do it.” On first football season with Pete “Good. Frustrating that we lost games that we shouldn’t of. My takeaway is that any team can lose anybody. We beat UNH and W&M on the road. Need some consistency .Our fans and Pete would like. That Albany game stands out. We gave them all they could handle. We had some really interesting weather events. We had weather delays in two games. That Monmouth game felt good and the long weather delay and we let the air out of the balloon. Please with the way Coach Pete and his staff handled the opportunity. Their excitement and energy and effort. Just look at the portal. I played football all my youth for coaches who seemed a lot like Rob Ambrose. Coach Pete is doing it totally different. Not to say any one way is right or wrong or you can’t win. Rob did win a lot of games coaching the way he did it. The fact that we’ve been able to retain the roster and the kids bought it. He’s had a chance to build some HS relationships bringing in freshmen. We went portal-crazy for a minute and the APR reflects that. That’s something that Coach Pete rolls up his sleeves, recruit the right person to come here and get that metric in the right spot and keep winning football games.” “Had a long conversation with (Coach Pete). He said I really like our two-deep and that’s not including our freshmen yet. He’s excited about some of the kids coming in and stepping up as freshmen. You see it more and more in that sport.” NIL in football “At the FCS level, Cost of Attendance and maybe Alston, you have to pass through those thresholds before you get to a place where NIL is going to make a big deal. That being said, our approach to how we’re trying to make a progress through NIL, the source of funds is different. Usually institutions are funding COA or Alston, donors or businesses have the opportunity to step up and help you with NIL. I think I haven’t heard Coach Pete clamoring for NIL the same way we’ve had to work for men’s and women’s basketball. We’re going to have an opportunity to do more from an aid perspective over the next year. I wouldn’t be shocked where Coach Pete can use that…is there a kid that doesn’t go to Towson and goes to MAC school because of Cost of Attendance. Yes. I’m sure that’s happened. Can we put ourselves in a situation where that doesn’t happen? I think so. COA at Towson is around $3,100. That doesn’t sound like much money. But if you can generate $20,000 in NIL and now there’s 6-7 kids and you’re not going to lose to a MAC school. You may start to see it especially due to some of the business opportunities that we’re going to dip our toe into. NIL on rule changes “They’ve changed and have become a little bit more common sense. .Not the most comfortable part for a lot of us. The rules keep changing. The transfer portal rules keep changing. Kids being able to transfer an unlimited amount of time and the NIL coming in. That made it really challenging. There are ways we can help student-athletes. We can play a role in it. We can’t negotiate on our behalf. Terry Porter has been a great asset for us, navigating that. Not just about supporting an athlete and their brand. What can we do to be more assertive.” “In a lot of instances, its donors funding the payment of players. That’s a large part of what the collectives are doing. At the end of the day, came from a place raising tens of millions of dollars a year because there are a lot of rabid fans that want their schools to go. They want to get a really talented point guard or quarterback. Is it comfortable? Not really. There are people that are really successful in their businesses. Can we get their business to behave in a different way. That’s taken a lot of different forms. That looks more like NIL than it’s asking a donor to give thousands of dollars to help recruit talent. About 90% of NIL is donor-funded. It’s not a kid promoting their camp.” On Charleston’s Collective “They have a number of donors who have been really involved. Pat Kelsey was a massive part of that. Going into a community, building relationships. Towson’s version of that is probably going to be different. We’ve been creative around NIL. We’re far away from donors writing six-figure checks. We’re far away from that, but did some creative things. In the next couple of months, we’re going to launch a GOH Bar. The proceeds will go NIL. We’re not going to come to NIL riches by candy bars (protein bar). Whether it’s finding a TU-branded beer, NIL events, a dinner here, 10% of the proceeds at a restaurant goes back to NIL.. We’re not going to sit back and get lapped by the rest of the CAA. We have a plan to be in a decent position. 81% of our scoring is coming back (in MBB) and that’s something to be excited about.” On scheduling with NIL “Come to Las Vegas and we’ll give your school a $1M. It’s out there. Looks a little different. At the end of the day, you have to check the box at a compliance perspective. There’s an opportunity for those monies to be used more creatively. That’s happening in our landscape today. On Website “We’re trying to make sure our content is more updated. Not changing provider. On President Ginsberg “Amazing. His energy for all things. Most with athletics. He’s open, asks questions. Dove in. With the CAA conversations. There’s been some turnover in our league. We’ve embraced this phraseology called “tactical patience”. You don’t need to act to replace every school that leaves, but are you ready that if the right opportunity presents itself that you can move forward. He’s been involved in that. Both kids were involved in sports in college. He’s been incredible. One of the cool things was I come into the new place and you have three different presidents. That could be a recipe of a disaster for your career. Was fortunate to have interim President Perrault and Mark. He's offered his expertise and opinion. “ On the CAA “If you look at the expansion of the league, Stony Brook. Time will prove if they are a very good fit. Like Towson, they are the only school in the CAA, they are non-flagship, non-HBCU, public institution, that also has a football and men’s lacrosse team. It sends your Title IX into a different level of complexity. Delaware has been a rival of sorts but it is the flagship institution of a state. When you have such a myriad of different-looking institutions, and your resource-allocation decisions are very different, you mention CofC, they don’t have those two sports. I don’t know how it will shake out. What does this school bring to the conference? That school is private and they don’t have football? I’m not out, but it leads to some challenges. The interesting thing as it relates to our football conference, I don’t know what the future holds as it relates to college football. The Richmond situation and you see that UMass goes to the MAC. This is the trend when it comes to mid-major realignment. Football is so expensive and you’re not getting football money. Hard to make heads or tails of it. What entity may present themselves as an opportunity for us to expand to, that’s kind of hard for me to figure out.” On goals for this 2024-25 season “Winning the Learfield Cup was awesome. I said we usually score in women’s lacrosse, something else and football. That was a Freudian slip. Football success is something that I’m excited about. The goal has been to figure out a way to improve one of our programs. Lacrosse only got Alston. That was easy for me to sell. When Cost of Attendance happened at Towson, we made the decision to go men’s and women’s basketball and lacrosse. We just followed suit with a line in a sand. Baseball, field hockey, track, swimming, getting more scholarships. We have different level lifts. We’re trying to make all those programs better. We’re trying to invest in all our programs. We’re going to have $340,000 less coming from the NCAA than we had the previous year. We’re working together to figure out a way that we’re not going to lose the traction that we’re making despite the fact that there are rocks are getting thrown at us. We have a really good plan, but we have to continue to follow us. We’re working on a way to have a meal on South Campus. There is no food over here. Our goal is in August of 2025 to open a kitchen that will seat 117 students and serve lunch and dinner at the Towson Center. Academic center and two weight rooms here. The idea that there is a place to go and be around other athletes getting together. They’ll know each other better. The swimmers have a prime place in Burdick, but they are disconnected from South Campus. Every sport has their own challenge. That will go a long way in uniting our athletes.” On Athletic Dorms “The campus master plan that is going to get refreshed this spring calls to be a bridge over Osler. I would love that bridge to connect more than just overflow parking and our athletic department to the rest of campus. I’d love to be something else that is driving some energy. A reason to be here. There are a couple of things we’re working on. In my ideal state, you take Lot 4 and you make it a dorm. First floor has a Starbucks, ice cream shop or a law office. That mixed use and commercial feel with campus apartments above it. That would be a game-changer for South campus. I don’t have the money to build a dorm. We’re looking for some other ways to get people on South campus. There are some opportunities with field house growth to do something there. We have nice fields and facilities. A lot of people don’t know it. Making more people know about it. That’s the thing I want to change. Whether that’s getting it on TV, building a marquee’. Every time I walk back to a field hockey game, I hear parents from the other team as they are tailgating, saying, I had no idea that this was back there. It’s awesome that we have it.” On practice bubble “Mark has talked about it a number of times (as a bubble for practice). We haven’t talked price. That space would be covered regularly. Has a downside. I don’t know if it’s a collapsable bubble. Having two pieces of turf considering the climate in this area that would still be exciting. We have to figure out a way to pay for it. Paying $32M is more than we’ve had done other than building a new (arena). We have to figure out how to pay for it ourself. Baby steps. The master plan calls for a parking garage in the hill where the bridge over Osler comes in near Unitas Stadium.”
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    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
  4. 2 points
    Good get. My wife, the Jmu alum, hates this as now she has to go to the game
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    JMU is coming https://x.com/madeformarch/status/1813622180229611918?s=46&t=nScacl1TWT-KyOwj5stBaw
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    Matt, Thank you for this interview. Great information
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    With very like NIL money it is extremely hard to land an impact big man to replace CT.
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    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.
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    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.
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    There might be a fourth one because this was fun to watch, Nick Timberlake, Charles Thompson, Jason Gibson, Four McGlynn, Terry Nolan and Cam Holden all returned to play some five-on-five action (not JG for obvious reasons, but he was there). Nick is on his way to Portugal, Four is still playing overseas (Indonesia), Cam is in England, Terry and Gibby are coaching and Charles is still searching for another look. They had enough players to go 5x5x5 for two 15 minute periods. When one team scored, they were able to run it back but against a different five on defense so nobody really got exhausted, which was good for the alums, who were probably rusty and were all not in basketball shape. But there was also no real transition and another reason, I'd like to see one more practice. I think there are still issues at center. Caleb Embeya should be able to solid defensively even at 6-9, 220+. He's very long, has good bounce and is tough to shoot over. But you can see the difference between Charles and all other centers on Towson, especially on the defensive end. Charles is also 250+ pounds so he's a beast on both ends. As we know finishing was not his strongsuit, but he did finish well a couple of time, BUT went 1-4 from the line. I wasn't judging the alums, who scored the least amount of points compared to the black and gold teams. That's a good thing that the young guys bested the older guys (not that old) and while Four looked tremendous on offense, he's never been Gary Payton on D so Dyland and Hicks were able to penetrate at times. I can only imagine when those guys will able to get some pace because it will be tougher on some of those guys and those who are not in great hoops shape. Embeya will have two more months to work on his back-to-the-basket game and everything else. They could go small with Coleman, Jones or Sulaiaman at center. Samb is adequate defensively but thin. Jones struggled to finish some easy ones today though to his benefit, he's been sidelined or limited the last few weeks or so with various issues. Coleman has been the surprise both athletically and in terms of rebounds. He's just not as skilled as Jones or Sulaiman, who can at least shoot the three and are well over 30% from there. The key is Dylan Williamson. At times, he was sensational but he was also much quicker than 4. At other times, took some questionable shots and would say the same thing about Hicks, who was much better in the second part of the scrimmage. When the ball sticks with Williamson or Hicks in the game, the end result is usually going to be Dylan forcing up a last-second shot. When the ball moves, the end result is usually a May or Tejada open jumper. The end result is a lot better. Tarke is never going to be a 40% three-point shooter. He does have quick hands though I'd like to see him be a little more controlled on his drives and go right a bit more. He also tends to make some difficult no-look passes that don't always connect. Ndefo is the head-scratcher. He came in with a good defensive reputation but he's struggled at times playing down low or on the perimeter. His shot is actually pretty good, but he's not a threat to put the ball on the floor on drive. Again, pace of pay will help some of the guys who are big, athletic and can run the floor unlike previous combo forwards. Tejada is about 220, but a lot leaner. I'd like to see him and Lowery maybe have a little more chemistry on the offensive end. Mekhi is such a good passer and he's close to 210 (compared to around 200 last year) so you can see that he's less afraid of contact. He did not attempt a shot on the perimeter but drove to the basket several times. He also made BOTH free throws so that's a positive. I think he needs to be a little more aggressive offensively and that can help Tejada get some easier looks because teams will be all over him this season. He also has to take some better shots. I think this team's halfcourt offense without Charles is still a work in progress because the center spot is either Embeya or a less talented or vertically challenged veteran. That is still the biggest question mark going into preseason. They'll have to get more in sync by the fall. That's why I keep emphasizing pace. Dylan is arguably the team's best finisher either off the dribble or in transition. More quotes from PS coming up
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    I went today and will have an evaluation later https://x.com/towsontigerzone/status/1814048926892470310?s=46&t=nScacl1TWT-KyOwj5stBaw
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    Charlie Thompson Cam Holden Juwan Gray four Mcglinn nic Timberlake jason gibson Terry Nolan
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    Gold rush I’m assuming they are giving out a T-shirt, but what’s the promo for family, homecoming, hometown hero, and senior day? Dr. E you better get some floppy bucket hats or Hawaiian shirts made asap! I remember crab chips and a coke was a promo to draw the kids in once, need to do something to get the college kids to make the walk all the way to south campus perhaps if DP dough ever re-opens they could give out free calzones? Ledo pizza maybe swoops in and steals the idea maybe Kona ice can roll up with some free snow cones? Maybe super rich Pete, Pat, and Shawn dip into their own pockets for football, basketball, lacrosse jersey giveaways? Buy some fans if you have to!
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    Center is certainly a concern and they have a bunch of options. Neither is CT in terms of defense and rebounding. But I believe by late September, or early October, that position will be more solidified especially as Embeya improves. Sounds like going small at the 5 is a probable option early on with Messiah Jones, because he played center at Wofford and they can still go with Tomiwa or even Coleman there if Samb doesn't work out. This once again proves the point of building up our NIL with more sponsors and more giving from our donors. You get what you pay for and we're currently pushing towards retaining our players with our NIL, which makes sense. But if we had at least $100,000 each year for transfers, if not more, we'd have an easier time bringing in more quality transfers instead of bringing in role players who don't command much in NIL if at all. The one key player and x-factor in this whole thing is Tarke. He looked good early on and then disappointed in the end. He'll be in better shape this season and I think will have better chemistry with his teammates. The question is what do we need from him? I assume he'll be coming off the bench as the backup 2 and 1. It starts with defense, hitting around 33-34% from 3-point range and getting to the cup, while either finishing or drawing fouls.
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    PS on coaching his son "It will probably help stay a little calmer. This might be the first time as a parent that I have the upper hand over my wife. I'll get to see him a little bit more and I'm looking forward to that. He's just happy to be around, be apart of the program and have structure. In between here, it doesn't matter if your the best player, walk-on, family or not family, we all have a job to do. He's enjoying it and he loves being at Towson." On sixth week "They've really worked, they're connected and I like the group a lot. We're evaluating as a staff how we're going to put the pieces together. We have a lot of guys capable of playing. One of the keys is who plays and why. We can't have 10 guys launching threes, I'm not saying guys do that, but we had some stats yesterday and singled out guys who were rebounding and taking care of the ball. Tyler Coleman and Tomiwa Sulaiman both have done a good job of rebounding and taking care of the ball. There's some value in that." On freshmen "(Look) good as far as work ethic. Some stuff is moving fast for them. Chike (Ndefo) is making that transition to a perimeter player that plays incredibly hard. He's done a pretty good job of rebounding. Eventually, you have to become more of a perimeter player and make open shots. He also has to defend. Caleb is coming. Things come easy for him because he's naturally gifted physically. He has to understand the biggest impact early is his ability to defend (like CT) and take care of the ball. He has to shoot around the rim. He's ahead of where Charlie was as a freshman. Charles did a couple of things and did them very well." On playing older guys "For some of these guys, it's like getting hit by somebody new. They gain some experience. This is what I have to do and why. You can't turn the ball over. This isn't rec ball." On Dylan and Radhir "Before today, Dylan was shooting 71% from 3-point range in live play. Now, nobody in the history of basketball has done that but we're going to let him go and attack (didn't shoot it as well today). Rad was hitting 41% from 3-poitnt range in live play. We're fast, experienced and deep at that spot. That doesn't mean we can't play them together. (Slower pace today) makes it a little harder for Dylan, but it's good for execution." "We want to emphasize getting layups and threes. That's not uncommon for anyone else. Hopefully we do an elite job of it." On schedule "We need two and that's without the possibility of playing a non-D1. In the past, we have scheduled some non-D1s, but with the understanding that if something else happens, we wil fill that. In the first week of the season, we need a game. We know when. Hopefully, sooner rather than later." On what he wants for the rest of the summer "We want to be elite at taking care of the ball, because we could be very good offensive group. We're not in mid-season form. We've shown some flashes of really good basketball. You want to see longer stretches of ball screen, short roll, kick to the wing,..want to see more of those." On free throw shooting "We spend a lot of time last year when were at 62% and we were leading the league in attempts. We improved to 66 or 67%. That isn't good enough. It's a big emphasis. These guys have been the best group I've had to date in getting in on their own in extra shots. Nobody was better than Timberlake. Part of your shooting workout needs to be free throws. Lowery, Tarke, Tejada, Jones, etc. Those guys will get to the line. This group wants to be good. They are connected. Our leadership has been good. There are a lot of voices. This is the fourth year since Covid. It's like Ted Lasso, they are very good guys."
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    Thanks. With two very young kids I assume Steve has very little time to check out our website
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    Outstanding job Mat and thank you. Seems to me the Dr. E was a little more candid with you than he normally is which was a good thing. It won't happen but I just wish someone would come out and say "Yes Flosports isn't the best, but they are giving us a $hit ton more money than ESPN has ever offered." That is more honest and truthful than the number of times we get on "national tv". I have yet to see or hear anyone, outside of people that work for the conference or schools in the conference say they like Flosports. We all know the limitations Towson has, just hope the plans that are currently down on paper become reality but more importantly are effective in providing results. I think we all know how he feels about Rob. Did not have to mention his name but the fact that he did... I'm kind of excited to see what year two of Coach P brings. Second year has more of his "type of guys" in the program, not sure how it transfers to wins and losses this year but hoping to see talent improvement heading into year 3 in 2025. @mat1992 do you get the sense that Dr. E visits this site or has someone put eyes to this site from time to time?
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    I would really F'ing hope its next to nothing.
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    https://x.com/towson_fb/status/1803852938642886940?s=46&t=_ArGClX3XZ7EdROrGIJtmw Is it just me or does anybody else yawn when they see the home slate of games this year? -Morgan State -William & Mary -Stonybrook -Hampton -North Carolina A&T for $90 are these 5 games worth my time and money? At first I thought no…but wait…there’s more! here are new benefits for the purchase of a 2024 football season ticket. --You will also get 10 complimentary tickets to other Towson ticketed sporting events, including men's/women's basketball, volleyball, gymnastics or men's lacrosse. --There are several other benefits, including getting 15% off at the Towson UStore and on gameday concessions. with 10 free basketball tickets and 15% off beer and hot dogs now that’s worth the money!
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    https://www.instagram.com/p/C9QYAUhJQbi/?igsh=MWwyeGg3Z3ZseWFybQ== Ekiben NIL deal up for grabs! I want to see a towson tiger endorsement on the best fried chicken banh mi in Baltimore! find them in Locust Point or at the farmers market on Sundays cc: Dr E
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