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Local prospects Fair, Usher, Smith headed to NBA Summer League

Posted on 28 June 2014 by WNST Staff

After no local college or high school player was selected in the 2014 NBA Draft, a few have received another opportunity to pursue a possible NBA future.

Former City College standout CJ Fair will get his chance with the Dallas Mavericks in the Summer League. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, the former Syracuse star’s camp believed the Mavs would draft him in the second round but traded away their picks earlier in the week to re-acquire center Tyson Chandler.

Former Walbrook star Roscoe Smith has found a Summer League spot with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to SNY.tv. Smith finished his college career at UNLV after winning a national championship at UConn.

Davon Usher will get his opportunity with the Golden State Warriors in Summer League play according to the Bay Area News Group. Usher had a stellar career at Baltimore’s Digital Harbor High School before playing collegiately at Delaware.

The Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets will both give former Towson University forward Jerrelle Benimon a chance to participate in Summer League play. Benimon was a two-time CAA Player of the Year after transferring to Towson from Georgetown.

To this point, there is nothing known about the chances of former Aberdeen star Devon Saddler (Delaware) or former Patterson star Aquille Carr (NBA D-League Delaware 87′ers) getting an opportunity to play in Summer League.

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Former Towson F Benimon to play with Heat, Nuggets in Summer League

Posted on 27 June 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Former Towson forward and two-time Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon will begin his professional basketball career on the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets NBA Summer League teams.

Though not selected in the 2014 NBA Draft, Benimon will join the Heat, which will participate in the Summer League from July 5-11 in Orlando, and the Nuggets, which will compete in the Summer League from July 11-21 in Las Vegas.

“We are excited for Jerrelle as he gets ready to begin play in the NBA summer league for two very strong franchises,” said Tiger Head Coach Pat Skerry. “I know he will carry over his many talents as well as his strong work ethic and team-first attitude that he played with here at Towson as he continues to build his professional basketball resume.”

Benimon put together one of the most impressive two-year stints by a player in Towson basketball history. A two-time CAA Player of the Year and 2013 AP Honorable Mention All-American, Benimon ranked in the Top 5 nationally in both rebounding and double-doubles each year he was in a Tiger uniform.

A Mid-Major First Team All-American this past season, Benimon guided Towson to a Division I school-record 25 wins, including a pair of victories in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The 6-8 forward led the Tigers in scoring (18.7 ppg), rebounding (11.2 rpg) and assists (3.6 apg) as a senior. His 404 total rebounds during the 2013-14 season set a new school record and his mark only trails NBA Hall of Famer and former Navy standout David Robinson for the most rebounds in a season in CAA history.

Benimon also impressed scouts after the season as he was named the Most Valuable Player of the Reese’s College All-Star Game at the Final Four and posted impressive numbers at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

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Towson F Benimon to participate in Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

Posted on 15 April 2014 by WNST Staff

JERRELLE BENIMON TO PARTICIPATE IN PORTSMOUTH INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Towson standout set to compete in front of NBA and international team executives 

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Towson senior Jerrelle Benimon has been invited to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT), which runs from April 16-19 and is held at the Churchland High School Sports Complex in Portsmouth, Va.

The PIT invites the top seniors from across the country to participate in a four-day, 12-game tournament in front of NBA and international team executives.

Benimon has been assigned to the Portsmouth Sports Club team along with Dalton Pepper of Temple, Garrick Sherman of Notre Dame, Roberto Nelson of Oregon State, Justin Jackson of Cincinnati, Devon Saddler of Delaware, Z. Mason of Tennessee-Chattanooga and Langston Hall of Mercer.

“It’s an honor to be picked for this event,” said Benimon. “Looking through each team’s roster and knowing that I’m going to be competing against the top seniors in the country is really exciting. I’ve been working out hard since the end of the season and I’m excited to get back onto the court and play.”

Benimon, who was recently named Most Valuable Player of the Reese’s College All-Star Game at the Final Four, is coming off one of the best individual seasons in Towson history. The two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year led the Tigers in scoring (18.7 ppg), rebounding (11.2 rpg) and assists (3.6 apg).

An NABC All-District 10 first-team honoree, Benimon guided Towson to a Division I school-record 25 wins during the 2013-14 season, including a pair of victories in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The forward ranked second in the NCAA in rebounding and third in double-doubles (21).

More information, including a complete schedule of games and team rosters, can be found at www.portsmouthinvitational.com.

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Towson F Benimon named Mid-Major first team All-American

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BENIMON NAMED MID-MAJOR FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early and Fred Van Vleet also on first team

TOWSON, Md. – Mid-Major Madness has named Towson forward Jerrelle Benimon a Mid-Major First Team All-American, it was announced on Monday. Benimon is joined on the first team by Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early and Fred Van Vleet, Canisius’ Billy Baron and UCSB’s Alan Williams.

Benimon adds this honor to an already impressive list of accolades received during his senior season. In addition to being named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year for the second straight season, the forward was named Most Valuable Player of the Reese’s College All-Star Game at the Final Four this past weekend.

An NABC All-District 10 first-team honoree, Benimon guided Towson to a Division I school-record 25 wins during the 2013-14 season, including a pair of victories in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

Benimon led Towson in scoring (18.7 ppg), rebounding (11.2 rpg) and assists (3.6 apg). His rebounding average ranked second in the NCAA and his 21 double-doubles were third best in the country. Benimon’s 404 rebounds are a new school record and only trails Navy’s David Robinson for the most rebounds in a season in CAA history.

The Mid-Major All-America Second Team is made up of Massachusetts’s Chaz Williams, BYU’s Tyler Haws, North Dakota State’s Taylor Braun, Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes and Buffalo’s Javon McCrea.

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Benimon named MVP of College All-Star Game event at Final Four

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BENIMON NAMED MVP OF REESE’S COLLEGE ALL-STAR GAME AT FINAL FOUR
Tiger forward posts 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead East to an 87-75 victory


DALLAS, Texas. 
– Towson senior forward Jerrelle Benimon posted 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds en route to being named Most Valuable Player of the 2014 Reese’s College All-Star Game, which was played at AT&T Stadium in Dallas on Friday night.

Benimon led the East to an 87-75 victory over the West team. Benimon shot 7-for-8 from the floor and added two assists and a block to his stat line in 19 minutes of action.

“I really enjoyed the experience of being out at the Final Four and participating in a game with some of the top seniors in the country,” said Benimon. “In the first half I was focused on getting my teammates involved and then my shot really started to fall in the second half. It was a blast being back out on the court and to be playing with and against so many talent players from so many great programs.”

Will Sheehey of Indiana added 13 points and Karvel Anderson of Robert Morris had 12 for the East team, which led by more than 20 in the second half before coasting down the stretch.

Davion Berry of Weber State had 15 points to lead the West.

The game was played on the same floor inside AT&T Stadium where Kentucky will play Wisconsin and Florida will face Connecticut in the national semifinals on Saturday night.

The Reese’s College All-Star Game consisted of 20 of the top senior college basketball players in the country who have exhausted their eligibility. It is one of the most significant events held as part of the Final Four weekend.

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Towson visits Murray State in CIT quarterfinals Thursday

Posted on 26 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON’S POSTSEASON RIDE CONTINUES AT MURRAY STATE ON THURSDAY
Tigers and Racers battle for spot in CIT Final Four at 8 p.m.

MURRAY, Ky. – The Towson men’s basketball team will play at Murray State on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

The game can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Damon Lewis calling the action.

Towson (25-10) earned its spot in the Elite 8 of the CIT by knocking off USC Upstate (63-60) in the first round and East Tennessee State (83-77) in the second round.

Both wins came on the road, where the Tigers are 9-7 this year.

Murray State (20-11) has been near unbeatable at home, posting a 14-1 record inside the CFSB Center. The Racers opened CIT play with a 66-63 win at Missouri State before topping Omaha, 86-62, at home on Monday.

Sophomore Four McGlynn has been the star of the Tigers this postseason, hitting the game-winning shot against USC Upstate and scoring a season-high 23 points in the win over East Tennessee State. The guard is shooting 9-for-14 (64.3%) from beyond the arc in Towson’s CIT wins.

Murray State is led by freshman guard Cameron Payne, who averages 16.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. The Racers average 77.4 points per game while shooting 47.3 percent from the field.

The winner of Thursday’s game will advance to the Final Four of the CIT. That game will be played on April 1 with the matchups, locations and start times to be announced after all quarterfinal games have been completed.

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Towson F Benimon to compete in College All-Star Game Final Four weekend

Posted on 24 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BENIMON CHOSEN TO COMPETE IN REESE’S COLLEGE ALL-STAR GAME DURING FINAL FOUR WEEKEND
All-star game consists of 20 of the top senior players in the country

DALLAS, Texas. – Record-setting senior forward Jerrelle Benimon of the Towson men’s basketball team has been selected to compete in the 2014 Reese’s College All-Star Game on April 4 in Dallas.

The game, run in conjunction with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), will begin at 4:30 p.m. at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, site of the 2014 Final Four. The contest will take place on the Friday of the Final Four weekend in an East vs. West format. Admission to the game is free.

Benimon is the first Tiger to compete in the all-star game, now in its sixth year of existence.

An NABC All-District 10 first-team honoree, Benimon was also named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year for the second straight season in 2013-14. The senior has guided Towson to a Division I school record 25 wins this season and a berth in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

Benimon leads Towson in scoring (18.7 ppg), rebounding (11.3 rpg) and assists (3.7 apg). His rebounding average ranks second in the NCAA and he is third in the country with 21 double-doubles. Benimon’s 395 rebounds is just one shy of breaking Dan Roberts’ school record set in 1968-69. The forward only trails Navy’s David Robinson for the most rebounds in a season in CAA history.

The Reese’s College All-Star Game consists of 20 of the top senior college basketball players in the country who have exhausted their eligibility. It is one of the most significant events held as part of the Final Four weekend.

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Towson tops East Tennessee State, advances to CIT quarters

Posted on 21 March 2014 by WNST Staff

MCGLYNN SCORES SEASON-HIGH 23 POINTS TO LEAD TOWSON PAST EAST TENNESSEE STATE, 83-77

Tigers Advance to Quarterfinals of CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Sophomore Four McGlynn made a career-high tying six three-pointers and tallied a season-high 23 points to lead the Towson men’s basketball team past East Tennessee State, 83-77, in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Friday night.

Towson (25-10) has won 25 games for just the third time in school history and will advance to play in the quarterfinals of the CIT next week. The game date, time and opponent will be announced at a later date.

McGlynn shot 6-for-7 from the field, all three-pointers, and made five of six from the free throw line. He’s scored 20 or more points in two of his last four games and was just one point shy of tying his career high in scoring.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon scored 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out a game-high six assists. He was joined in double figures by classmates Mike Burwell (13) and Rafriel Guthrie (12).

Towson shot 50.9 percent from the field and made eight of 15 from beyond the arc. The Tigers improved to 9-2 on the year when shooting 50% or better.

East Tennessee State (19-16) started the game hot, making 8 of its first 14 shots to go up 18-6 at the 14:34 mark. Trailing 22-11, Towson roared back by scoring 13 straight points during a 19-3 run that put the Tigers up 30-25 with 6:46 remaining in the first half.

After trailing by as many as 12 in the first half, a Marcus Damas steal and layup at the buzzer gave Towson a 40-34 lead at the intermission. The Tigers ended the period on a 29-12 run with McGlynn hitting three of his six three’s during the spurt.

A Damas jumper early in the second half gave Towson its first double-figure lead of the game at 48-38. After the Bucs cut the Tiger advantage to 49-45, Towson scored 16 of the next 21 points to go up by 15, TU’s largest lead of the game. McGlynn hit a pair of three-pointers during the run, including one to cap the spurt and give the Tigers a 65-50 lead midway through the second half.

Towson struggled from the free throw line late to allow East Tennessee State to get to within 77-72 with 42 seconds remaining. However, McGlynn and Damas combined to go 6-for-6 from the free throw line down the stretch to clinch the Tigers second straight postseason win.

Sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera recorded seven points, grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and swatted a career-high five shots. As a team, Towson blocked 10 shots, its second most of the season. Freshman John Davis had four point and eight rebounds in just 12 minutes of action.

Stay tuned to TowsonTigers.com for information on the CIT and Towson’s quarterfinal opponent.

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Towson continues CIT play Friday at East Tennessee State

Posted on 20 March 2014 by WNST Staff

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Towson men’s basketball team will play at East Tennessee State University on Friday at 7 p.m. in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

The game can be heard on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Damon Lewis calling the action. Fans can also sign up to watch this game and all of the remaining CIT games for free by clicking here.

Towson (24-10) is coming off a thrilling 63-60 win at USC Upstate on Wednesday night. With the game tied 60-60 and 1.6 seconds remaining, senior Jerrelle Benimon found sophomore Four McGlynn who took one dribble and drained a half court shot to give the Tigers their first ever postseason win.

Towson will look to advance to the quarterfinals of the CIT on Friday as the Tigers will meet the ETSU Bucs for the first time on the hardwood.

East Tennessee State (19-15) topped Chattanooga, 79-66, on Tuesday to advance. The Bucs and the Tigers share two common opponents. Towson defeated USC Upstate but lost on the road against Stephen F. Austin. The Bucs won at home against Stephen F. Austin, but fell twice to conference foe USC Upstate.

Junior guard Rashawn Rembert paces ETSU by averaging 16.8 points per game. Freshman A.J. Merriweather leads the Bucs on the boards by grabbing 6.4 rebounds per game.

The winner of Friday’s game will advance to the Elite 8 of the CIT. That round will be played from March 25-27 at campus sites.

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Towson makes first postseason appearance since 1991 Wednesday at USC Upstate

Posted on 18 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON SET TO FACE SOUTH CAROLINA UPSTATE IN CIT FIRST ROUND ON WEDNESDAY
Tigers making first postseason appearance since 1991 NCAA Tournament

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Towson will make its first postseason appearance since 1991 when the Tigers visit USC Upstate on Wednesday in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

The game, set to tip at 7 p.m., can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Damon Lewis calling the action. Fans can also sign up to watch this game and all the CIT games by going to the tournament’s website.

Towson (23-10) hasn’t played a postseason game since the 1991 NCAA Tournament. The Tigers will look to continue the CAA’s impressive run in the CIT. CAA squads have a 9-4 record all-time in the CIT, with Old Dominion winning the championship in 2009.

Towson is led by two-time CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon, who leads the nation with 21 double-doubles and leads the Tigers in scoring, rebounding, assists and blocks. All-CAA Third Team selections Marcus Damas and Rafriel Guthrie, along with Mike Burwell make up one of the most important senior classes in Towson history.

USC Upstate (19-14) posted the second-most wins in its school history during the Division I era with 19 wins in 2013-14. The Spartans opened the season with a thrilling 64-63 victory at Virginia Tech to post the schools first-ever win over an ACC school. Upstate went on to knock off South Carolina 74-68 later in the year for its first-ever win over a team from the SEC.

The Spartans finished 11-7 in conference play and reached the semifinals of the A-Sun Tournament for the second straight year, falling to eventual champion Mercer in double overtime.

Upstate seniors Torrey Craig and Ricardo Glenn each earned all-conference accolades at the conclusion of the season. Craig was named to the All-A-Sun first team after leading the league in scoring while ranking fourth in rebounding. Glenn paced the A-Sun in rebounding, offensive rebounds and field goal percentage on his way to a second team selection.

Wednesday’s game will be the first ever meeting between Towson and USC Upstate in men’s basketball.

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