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Former Vanderbilt G Astroth transfers to Towson

Posted on 11 July 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON BASKETBALL ADDS VANDERBILT TRANSFER A.J. ASTROTH
Versatile Guard Will Have Three Years of Eligibility Remaining Starting in 2014-15
TOWSON, Md. – Versatile guard A.J. Astroth, who played for Vanderbilt University last season, has transferred to Towson University and will play for the Tigers starting in 2014-15, it has been announced by head coach Pat Skerry.

A native of Tampa, Fla. and a graduate of Wharton High School, Astroth has three years of eligibility remaining.

“We’re extremely excited to add a player the caliber of A.J. to our program,” said Skerry. “He’s coming from a very good and well-coached program at Vanderbilt. His time playing in the SEC and for Coach Kevin Stallings will benefit him greatly. We expect that he’ll be a major contributor to our team at the guard position after his sit-out year.

“A.J. is a very versatile perimeter player that can fill up the stat sheet in a number of ways. I also think he’ll benefit greatly working with our player development staff. We know he’s excited and focused to make an impact for the Tigers.”

Astroth is a 6-6, 200-pound guard, who averaged 22 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.4 steals while attending Wharton High School. Astroth, who graduated as the school’s all-time leading scorer, was rated as a three-start recruit by ESPN and Rivals.com.

During his freshman year at Vanderbilt, Astroth played in nine games, averaging 0.4 points and 0.6 rebounds per game. He scored against Alabama A&M (12/15/12) and at Missouri (1/26/13) and grabbed a season-high four rebounds at Arkansas (1/12/13).

Astroth was a first-team All-Hillsborough County member during his junior and senior seasons at Wharton. He earned second-team All-State notice during his senior campaign. His Wharton High School team was a three-time district champion and a regional runner-up in his senior season. Astroth was named team captain twice and was a member of the high honor roll for four years. He was also a member of the National Honor Society.

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