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NCAA countdown: No. 57 Towson
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On August 28, 2013 @ 7:56 am In NCAA,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
The First Word: A mere two seasons ago, Towson was the worst team in NCAA basketball thanks to a 22-game losing streak and Division I-worst 1-31 final record. Or as coach Pat Skerry puts it, his team was the “laughingstock” of college basketball.
What a difference a few years make. Much has changed for the Tigers, coming off another record-setting season — this time in good fashion — for the best D-I turnaround in NCAA hoops history. Towson’s 18-13 stance was good enough for second place in the Colonial Athletic Association, but the the team was barred from the postseason for NCAA punishment (poor APR).
Skerry, who just agreed to a two-year contract extension, has given the team a complete makeover with stellar recruiting and a revised culture. Returning four starters from last season, the Tigers are perfectly positioned to win the tradition-rich CAA. Suddenly, the bar has been raised from a one-win team. It’s not just a winning season Towson is eyeing, it’s winning the league and making the tournament.
Star Watch: Former Georgetown transfer Jerrelle Benimon returns as the reigning CAA player of the year after averaging 17.1 points and 11.2 rebounds last season. Forward Marcus Damas, one of the only two remaining players from Towson’s 1-31 squad, returns as the team’s top perimeter defender. He averaged 11.4 point and 5.3 rebounds a game as a junior. Towson also brings back its backcourt with Jerome Hairston (9.9 ppg) and South Florida transfer Mike Burwell (9.0 ppg). Top-of-the-line sixth man Rafriel Guthrie (8.1 ppg) should see an increased role, and rising sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera could be a solid replacement at the center position with starting center Bilal Dixon departing.
X-Factor: It’s without a doubt Four McGlynn, a Vermont transfer who sat out last year per NCAA rules. He was the freshman of the year in the America East in 2011-12 after averaging 12 points a game. McGlynn’s long-range shooting stroke (68 three-pointers as a freshman) will give Towson a resource that other CAA teams will struggle to counter.
2012-13 in Review: 18-13 overall (13-5, second in CAA), postseason ban. … [For more on College basketball countdown: No. 57 Towson, click here.]
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