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  1. 2 points
    Happy for you. As someone who does a lot amount road trips in the eastern time zone, enjoy it. Don’t get mad when see choke it away late with skerrys late game “coaching”
  2. 2 points
    Tibo scored a TD!! https://x.com/bclions/status/1799965711068234022?s=46&t=EVKcQgftLjvvjND07GaBLQ
  3. 2 points
    Cc: Dr. Eigenbrot cc: president Ginsburg we should be the bell of the ball if the other girls at the dance are stonybrook, Monmouth, NCAT, Rhode Island, Campbell, and Elon. turn on the money printer for TU athletics sincerely, the fans that deserve a championship
  4. 1 point
    You never quite know what you'll get with these summer practices. This one went about 80 minutes. If you look back at last season's first report, there were a ton of new players. Most of those players started slowly and progressed as the summer went on. In this case, there are only two freshmen in 6-9 Caleb Embeya and 6-7 Chike Ndefo. Both are impressive physically, but didn't do anything exceptional to stand out in the 80 minutes. They weren't bad but it's why you have summer practice so that they are ready when it comes to preseason practice. The first thing that stands out is that Charles Thompson is not there. He and Chase Paar were around 250+ pounds and could not be pushed around. Of course, there wasn't a lot of finesse in their games and finishing was a chore. They were back-to-the-basket players. I don't sense that Embeya is quite yet, Abdou Samb (6-8, 215ish) looks the part but I don't expect a lot of offensive production out of him. But both those guys are extremely long and pretty athletic. Embeya has an up-and-down practice. I know he has some perimeter skills, but he was busy setting screens. One thing he did that was a positive over the previous starter was that he made BOTH FREE THROWS. Still learning the team. Hopefully, he'll progress as the summer goes on because I'm not ready to see Messiah Jones as the starting center, even if he played there at Wofford. So with two guys who are not necessarily your traditional back-to-the-basket guys (think more Dennis Tunstall and TJ Parker-Rivera for Samb), it's time to push the pace and they were certainly doing that off every miss. Pace and space. I thought ball movement was decent last season, but pace was not and it's difficult to have great spacing with Sulaiman and Jones at power forward. Jones, who was banged up today, moves to center. Sulaiman, who looked very good from long range, is going to play the 4 off the bench. As for the guards, it was good to see Radhir Hicks back. Say what you will about his injury history and underwhelming offense, if he's healthy, he can give this team a solid 10-15mpg off the bench. Today, he was one of the best players on the floor offensively. Shot extremely well. I don't know what to expect from Nendah Tarke. But he lost some weight and while I'm not going to say he's jet quick, his shot looked better and that should help him on both ends, especially if they run more. He was certainly not 100% in terms of conditioning last season, spending the first 1/3 of the season waiting to be eligible. Williamson is playing some off the ball and some on the ball. Not a lot different from last season, but if they are going to play at a faster pace, he needs to start. Just has to make some better decisions with the ball. His shooting is fine, but you'd like to see more consistency. I think he's more scorer than shooter. The faster pace can't hurt his game. May was very good today. Can't say that was always the case last year in the summer. Still like to see him cut more but his shot was on. Tejada looked good. Not really worried about him. Lost some body fat. He'll probably defend more power forwards, which should help since he's not the quickest. But at the 4 with Lowery, May, Williamson/Tarke, Embeya/Samb/Jones, he'll get more consistent minutes. He'll be fine, but will need to become an All-Conference player for Towson to go far. Lowery is the wild card here in some ways. I don't really like his shot. It's very mechanical with a slow release and flat-footed. If he can make 32+% of his three-pointers and 65% or more from the line, I don't care if he's shooting blindfolded. He's not 220 pounds, which would be scary, but he looks stronger. When and if he starts making some shots, it's over. Put him at the wing instead of at the point and he'll be exciting in the open floor. Do have to be honest. Not only was Hicks very good, but Tyler Coleman looked like the most athletic he's ever been and played well. Very active at the rim and made shots from the perimeter. It's tough when guys like Coleman, Sulaiman and Jones are all about the same size with limited athleticism. But they can carve out a role if they rebound and make some shots in the paint when available. I certainly need to see this team again in a few weeks to see how the youngsters progress. They did last season. The good thing about not having a summer trip to Canada and looking for a last-second transfer, is that it's about these 13 players. PS after practices on the team overall “Who are the guys that can make threes, free throws and layups. If you’re not really one of those guys, you can’t hurt us with turnovers. We have to be good defensively. Every guy does a couple of things well. There’s no one that can’t help us. We have so many guys back. Hopefully we can get better.” On Radhir Hicks “He looks good. He’s been back, working hard, doing a good job of shooting the ball. He’s been in the gym and he’s healthy. He’s experienced. We have to make more shots and take more threes. Spacing, ball movement, being shot-ready.” On schedule “We have 2 or 3 more left to get. It’s very hard. We can’t get anyone from the ACC, Big 10, Big East to play us. If someone can get us to play us, give us a call. We can’t get them to scrimmage. We need more home games. Last year, we played a non-1 for the first time in years. I probably messed up a couple of years ago where the last 3 games I took was at UMass, at Bryant, No. Iowa at Chicago. Didn’t get enough home games." On going to California and Alberta “Sometimes the internet is true, but not official. I do anticipate some travel. There are not a lot of teams in the country that have won 20 games with 10 players coming back. Everyone around here thinks we don’t want to play anyone. If we end up having to go West somewhere, I would tell you that no one around here wants to play us, and that’s why we are going out West.” On missing Charles Thompson “How do you not miss Charley. He’s the all-time winningest player. Our best leader. Anchor to our defense. He set the tone and standard. These guys have made big leaps and bounds with their abilities to communicate, work ethic. He’s in great shape. He’s waiting for a chance overseas.” (Sekou, Jawan Gray, TJ Parker-Rivera, Brian Fobbs, Nakye Sanders, Cam Holden are playing overseas). On facilities “I know that Steve and President Ginsberg are looking at how we upgrade this based on our goals and expectations. It has to look nicer. The floor is getting old. This is our classroom and learning environment. We need more soundproofing, more secure. We’ve been able to operate without that successfully. We’re way behind where we need to be. First impressions are very important. As a whole, when we bring kids to campus, the biggest thing we get is that ‘I didn’t know all this was here’. The challenge is that let’s make a better first impression before people get there that they have a better understanding of how special and nice a place this us. (could use a place to eat, dining room)”. On center “Right now, we are going to move Messiah Jones there. He played at Wofford for four years. He can score and shoot. Abdou (Samb) and Caleb (Embeya) are guys that move pretty good. They have body types like Charles. They aren’t going to weigh as much. They just haven’t been in the system that long. They are big enough and long enough that they are capable of getting there. Samb has a 7-foot reach and Embeya is 7-2. They are very long. Samb has a lot of game experience and he plays hard. He’ll find his way. Caleb is talented and still adjusting. People forget that Charly is only 6-7, but he put on weight and strength. We’re not going to be hung up on positions. That’s the focus is that we had the best defense in the league last year. Our offensive numbers were not as good as the three prior years that we were third, first and third in offensive efficiency and top three in three-point shooting (not counting Covid years). We have to get back to that. The best way to do that is that we have play a little more wide open with a better pace and we have to shoot the ball better.” On Caleb “He has good skills on offense. It’s just figuring out spacing, ball security. Natural instincts are pretty good. Expect him and Abdou to play at 222-230. Messiah is about 235. Would like to get another 10 pounds on those guys. On Sulaiman “He’s worked very hard on his shot. No reason why he can’t make 38% from 3. He’s a gym rat. He’s had a great spring. On Free throws and others “Our rate was the best in the conference. Our % was drastically lower than the three prior seasons. We have to make a greater % from the foul line. These guys will continue to put the work in. I have every confidence that we’ll get there. Last summer, we track all our shooting, when the Canada trip ended. Between all our practices, workouts, and games, we shot 29% from three, which is really bad. Last season, we shot 34. So we went the right way. The three years before that, we were 38 and 40, which is elite. Last year were 64% from the line and trended up late. Overall, it was a bad %. The years before that, we made foul shots. We have to be better in both areas. Some of that is game experience. We had to replace 75% of our minutes and scoring last year. This year, we return 81% of our scoring and 81% of our minutes. Most of the free world is trying to figure out their roster, we’ve been here working. Hopefully, it pays off. Every year is different. I’m incredibly appreciative that all these guys came back. Says a lot about our players and staff. They know we have work to do. We’re not hiding from what the goals are. We have a lot of work to do to get there.” On Chike Ndefo “I like him a lot and he’s going to put some heat on some guys. He plays really hard. He’s a better shooter than we thought. He’s a gym rat. He played center in high school like Mekhi. Now, we have to work on his ball skills and footwork. We have a track record, especially in the last three years, of getting the best group of high school guys and playing freshmen and getting them better. That’s what we’re going to do with these guys. We had three really good freshmen last season. Those guys improved physically and in their games. That’s what we expect Ndefo and Embeya to do.” On Jaiden Cole “Should have redshirted him. Didn’t know that Hicks wasn’t coming back or that Tarke was eligible. We had some setbacks with Jaiden. He had a good spring. Went home. Has good size and is a good shooter. He’s doing a good job. He provides shooting. Understands ball security. Can he elevate us offensively?” On Tejada, May, Lowery, and Williamson “Put Tarke in there. The strength is that four guys along with Tomiwa and Messiah. The key for us is being consistent. We didn’t knew who the guy was going to be on a given night. We have to be more consistent. Lowery’s shot has gotten better. Not there yet. He’s played as well as anybody we’ve had. He’s totally changed his body. Passing is good. He’s going to be a problem. Can play anywhere on the floor.” On May “I believe he can be an all-league player. I don’t get to vote for our guys. He has something to prove. As a sophomore to average 11ppg and take on some leadership, defense is always consistent. A lot of new guys, we asked them to do a lot. He knows he has to be a 38% or more three-point shooter. I don’t know what everyone else has in the league. I’m not trading, May, Tejada, Lowery, or Williamson for everyone. Tejada has lowered his body fat and his work ethic is off the charts. He has a chance to be as good as we’ve had. Expect us to be positionless. We have guys that can shoot and handle it. We might evaluate some of that and that’s part of what the summer is.” On recruiting (To paraphrase, they have one commitment. Can’t go into specifics but will look at signing possibly 3 players in the early signing period, C, F, G) “We will play freshmen, play them a lot and early”
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  6. 1 point
    He was a decommit from Maquette. Joins the top midfielder from this team -Andy Goltd. At Towson next year.
  7. 1 point
    Interesting late pickup of a face off guy who is not a FOGO https://x.com/mchandik26/status/1801065367088799800?s=46&t=nScacl1TWT-KyOwj5stBaw
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    Actually this is a smart first game choice for us despite the 3,000 miles. McKeon Pavilion reminds me a lot of the old Towson Center… same set up really. Our new trio of bigs in Samb, Ndefo & Embeya get the duties of handling two of the better polished big men on the West Coast in Saxen who is 6’10” and Wessels 7’1” Nice first test!
  9. 1 point
    This is a good idea since there are so many newcomers to have a WBB coaches show. Freshman Khady Lee https://x.com/towson_wbb/status/1800975832455971169?s=46&t=nScacl1TWT-KyOwj5stBaw
  10. 1 point
    Yeah, I’m with you, the schedule is boring as hell. But I really don’t get it. This team will still be a top team in the CAA. Maybe not completely dominant, 4 championships in a row level, but still very competitive. This is shaping up to be like the 2014-2017 seasons; we’ll go almost undefeated (if not completely undefeated) in nonconference, and then enter conference play totally untested.
  11. 1 point
    I’ve been to Alberta but not Lethbridge. Bring the woollies!! https://twitter.com/madeformarch/status/1799150616108748883?s=46&t=EVKcQgftLjvvjND07GaBLQ
  12. 1 point
    Right, hidden. Why not show it on the site? Why does everything have to be so secretive with this program?
  13. 1 point
    Remove the website portion of your statement and that also rings true.
  14. 1 point
    Towson athletics scheduling weak, accompanied by being on flo, that no one can watch, and the big name teams leaving the league… no bueno
  15. 1 point
    The money is coming in. As I explained last week, and posted on the other thread, we're about to spend about $50M on facilities and enhancements to the field house, additional weight room, indoor practice facility for football and improved basketball practice facility at the Towson Center, new offices, improved academic center, eating areas, etc. My point is that nobody freakin' knows about this or the facilities that we currently have including the new football practice fields behind the lower soccer field. Where are the pictures and videos on the website? If you have it, flaunt it. The other schools do. That's what recruits at this level want to see and yes, NIL is an issue at every mid-major school. https://www.towsonfans.com/index.php?/topic/3232-zoom-meeting-on-522/
  16. 1 point
    Some highlights as they start summer work https://x.com/towson_mbb/status/1798411465654681952?s=46&t=nScacl1TWT-KyOwj5stBaw
  17. 1 point
    Uhhh, we are not setting foot into any P5 arenas either.
  18. 1 point
    Reaching out to our volleyball expert @TigersTigers regarding the newly released 2024 schedule. Does not look very enticing. Is that because they are taking a step back next season? Solely just looking at the name of the schools. If I didn't know any better I might have guessed this was the basketball schedule instead! https://towsontigers.com/news/2024/5/31/womens-volleyball-towson-volleyball-releases-2024-schedule.aspx
  19. 1 point
    A juco safely from Ontario has committed https://x.com/mannprabdeep/status/1797059529080791524?s=46&t=nScacl1TWT-KyOwj5stBaw
  20. 1 point
    Fortunately, I only deal with HS and below. There isn't enough money to pay me to work adult league games. I did it for baseball when I first started at age 22 and wow, the crying that would be involved in some situations. I think if you also played the game, you get a better perspective as an official as to what the player and/or coach is complaining about but there are some times, I've wanted to turn to a whining coach and be like, 'if you'd like to switch spots, I know I could draw up a better offensive set than whatever it is you're running right now'. I also wear glasses on the court and once had a kid react to a foul call by looking at his coach and saying 'he even wears glasses too'. That was maybe the easiest T I've ever given out. To the kid's credit, he did apologize at halftime for it.
  21. 1 point
    There was a Zoom meeting for donors on Wednesday at 6pm. Probably not the best time but it was better than not having one. Steve Eigenbrot, Pres. Ginsberg, Coach Pete Shinnock and field hockey coach Katie Gerzabek Salem. Personally, I just wanted Steve to talk about NIL and the CAA, while answering questions. While they addressed some of those questions at the end, but there were no major surprises. They weren't going to say, "we're unhappy or concerned with all these teams leaving the CAA in all sports and basketball." Just didn't happen. I'd like more specifics about NIL. How far are we down the list of CAA teams? I assume we're in the middle of the pack, which is good enough to keep most of our key players. What about football and other sports? Speaking of football, the improvements are finally coming to the Field House, the Towson Center and more. Here's the thing. If you are going to spend $14M on improvements to the Field House (additional offices, team meetings, film rooms, expansion of academic center, more space to watch the games from an enclosed surface) and $20-30M on the Towson Center renovation for training room space, turf for a football field and replacing the additional courts, football is not staying in FCS and the CAA forever. They are also adding a much-needed second weight room, but for some reason, it's also going in the Towson Center instead of the Field House. Having an indoor practice facility for football is a game-changer (likely 60 yards) and some sort of basketball practice facility, also used by volleyball, can't hurt recruiting.
  22. 1 point
    There’s only one man who can save the CAA!
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  24. 1 point
    You know you’re getting old when classmates are gettin inducted…
  25. 0 points
    Here's something encouraging...Someone named Matthew Winick, who is the college basketball editor for The Score ranked all D1 to D1 transfers and here's what he had to say about our newest addition: Abdou Samb Towson IUPUI D IUPUI's worst player last year, per EM. IUPUI! One of the 20 worst players in the country. Non-threat offensively. Only scores at the rim, turns it over a ton. OK shot blocker but should be much better in that area. No idea what Towson is doing.

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