After winning 25 games last season the Towson Tigers will look to take the next step in 2014-15. Pat Skerry’s team will have to do so without outstanding forward Jerrelle Benimon, who after winning CAA Player of the Year honors is out of eligibility. Accounting for the production lost due to the departures of their top three scorers (Benimon, Marcus Damas and Mike Burwell) will be the focus in 2014-15, and there’s also the need to add recruits who can help the program in the future.
Sunday night Towson landed its first commitment in the Class of 2015, with 6-foot-9 power forward Alex Thomas verbally committing to the CAA program according to multiple outlets. Thomas currently attends prep school at Coastal Academy in New Jersey, after having graduated from Hawthorne Christian HS last year.
As noted in the tweet above Thomas played for the Playaz Basketball Club this summer, and that roster included prospects such as Isaiah Briscoe, Temple Gibbs and Delaware commit Elijah Cain. Thomas wasn’t asked to much from a scoring standpoint due to the presence of those players, instead serving as a solid defender and rebounder for a team that would go on to win the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam.
With regards to why he chose Towson, Thomas said the following to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com:
“Coach [Pat] Skerry and how much he cares about about his players, along with their occupational therapy program, is what made me choose Towson,” Thomas said. “I think I bring a skilled four man with good passing that can stretch the defense, rebound, and play good post defense along with protecting the rim.”
Among the front court players on the Towson roster who will have eligibility remaining when Thomas arrives on campus are juniors Timajh Parker-Rivera and Arnaud Williams Adala Moto (Wake Forest transfer who will sit out this season) and sophomores John Davis and Walter Foster. Of the three who were part of the Towson program last season Parker-Rivera, who started all 36 games, was the most productive player.
Parker-Rivera played just over 25 minutes per contest, averaging 6.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.