1st Assistant Kenyon Haynes
While I wasn’t able to land a head coaching job, it looks like most of the responsibilities of that position for Towson this season are going to be placed on my shoulders with Coach Aura expected to be out of town most of the time. As such I’ll give you a brief recap of each game. I think I will be too busy to do much more than that.
Starters will be: PG Jon Spann, 6-0 Soph. (9.0 ppg, 2.8 apg, 2.4 spg last season), SG Dominick Collins, 6-0 Sr. (10.7 ppg, 2.2 apg, 2.5 rpg), SF Mac McCaffery, 6-7 Soph. (4.1 ppg, 0.8 apg, 1.9 rpg), PF Kevin Holmes, 6-7 Jr. (8.1 ppg, 1.7 apg, 4.6 rpg), and C Donny Flint, 6-9 Sr. (12.7 ppg, 1.6 apg, 10.1 rpg). Our primary reserves will be C/PF Donyell Porter, 6-10 Sr. (7.5 ppg, 1.0 apg, 3.4 rpg), SG Copley Dwiggins, 6-1 Jr. (3.3 ppg, 0.7 apg, 0.3 rpg), and C/PF Calvin Williams, 6-8 Soph. (2.8 ppg, 0.8 apg, 3.3 rpg). Our other subs are freshmen and a JC transfer so we’ll have to see how they will fit in. But I foresee a much shorter bench than we’ve had the past few seasons. We worked hard on conditioning the past month, but I still think the starters plus the top 5 reserves will be dragging at times.
Realizing that with Coach Aura absent we’d be under a lot of pressure, our AD Perry Winkle set up an easier pre-conference schedule for us. We’re again picked to be tops in the Colonial Athletic Association though, so hopefully we’re ready to take on the CAA opposition once conference play begins.
Recruiting Coach Matt Barnes:
We’re into November and I’m sorry to say our recruiting efforts were far from what I had hoped for. We got a fairly early signing of a SG…Marque Worrell from Gaithersburg, MD. He’s got good height, 6-5 and is a good scorer with a nice outside shot. His other forte is defense. While he’s not highly rated, I think he could turn into a solid player for us. Then in late autumn PG Glen Fox from Dover, DE accepted a scholarship offer. He’s 6-2. He’s an excellent outside shooter and has scored well in high school. He’s probably going to need a lot of grooming to be up to playing in prime time, but he’s a hard worker so we gotta hope for the best. I suspect that initially he will be a backup at both PG and SG for us.
So both recruits are likely to need time to develop into potential starters, but 2 of 3 scholarships filled. We still haven’t been able to land a big man, though, and that could present problems for us next season. Without Coach Aura around to close the deal, recruiting has been a lot tougher.