Towson Men’s Basketball Announces 2014-15 Recruiting Class
Tigers Ink Five Standouts During Early Signing Period
TOWSON, Md. – Towson University head men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry announcedFriday that five high school standouts have signed national letters of intent to attend Towson University and compete for the Tigers starting in 2014-15.
“I’m really excited about this signing class,” Skerry said. “We have a good senior class on this year’s team and we worked hard to find guys with the ability to continue building on what they’ve accomplished. A lot of credit goes to my staff. Coach (Bruce) Shingler and Coach (Kevin) Clark have been tremendous in keeping tabs on all of the local talent over the past few years. Coach (Jim) McCarthy did a great job of expanding our reach into Florida. We have tremendous local talent in Baltimore that we want to keep home while we also expand our brand nationally.”
Forward, 6-5, 205
Milford Mill Academy/Baltimore, Md.
Allen Costley is a combo forward coming from a strong public school program in Milford Mill, guided by Coach Mike Silverman. Costley was a Baltimore Sun first-team All-Metro performer as he led the Millers to the Class 3A state championship in 2012-13. As a junior, Costley averaged 15.3 points and 7.2 rebounds. Costley was a teammate of fellow Towson commit Jordan McNeil on the AAU circuit. Costley is explosive around the basket, can expand his game out to the perimeter and plays extremely hard.
Skerry on Costley: “Allen is a big-time athlete. He reminds me a lot of Marcus Damas. The thing we really love about him is that he really plays hard and gets after it. He’ll be a great fit for us.”
Guard, 6-1, 175
Clinton Christian School/Upper Marlboro, Md.
Byron Hawkins is a point guard who plays for Coach Mike Sumner at Clinton Christian High School in Maryland. Hawkins averaged a team-high 18.1 points per game in 29 contests while playing at Good Counsel High School in 2012-13. As a junior, Hawkins scored in double figures in every game. The All-Met honorable mention guard posted a season-high 33 points in Good Counsel’s 79-64 victory over Georgia’s Roswell High School in December. Hawkins was a teammate of fellow Towson commit Mike Morsell on the AAU circuit with DC Assault. Hawkins has the ability to score, but excels at finding teammates and creating shots for others.
Skerry on Hawkins: “Byron is a prolific point guard who is extremely quick. He can shoot, has tremendous vision when passing the basketball and he’s really good with the dribble. His speed is something that’s going to really help us.”
Forward, 6-5, 220
Edgewater High School/Orlando, Fla.
Eddie Keith is a versatile guard who played for Coach Matt Turner at Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla. Keith, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, is a versatile player who can score, rebound and find his teammates. Keith guided his high school team to a 25-5 record as a junior and the area coaches voted him First Team All-State in the 6A class. Keith played AAU for Florida Elite, directed by Conrad Foss.
Skerry on Keith: “Eddie comes from a very good high school program. We are very excited about him. He reminds me of a kid that I had at Pittsburgh, Bradley Wanamaker. Eddie is really strong and is an excellent passer. He really guards, is physical and understands how to make consistent winning plays.”
Guard, 6-5, 185
Mount St. Joseph High School/Baltimore, Md.
Jordan McNeil is a shooting guard from traditional Baltimore Catholic league power Mount St. Joseph’s High School. McNeil was the third-leading scorer for Coach Pat Clatchey as a junior, coming off the bench to average more than 10 points per game for the Baltimore Catholic League Tournament Champions. McNeil also played for the AAU program Baltimore’s Finest. He is an excellent long range shooter and his length and size give him great potential on the perimeter.
Skerry on McNeil: “Jordan is a very good shooter and an extremely underrated defender. He plays in a winning style and system at Mount St. Joseph’s and we’re excited to get someone from that program. Jordan understands winning and as his body develops, he’s going to help us in a variety of ways.”
Forward, 6-5, 190
Saint John’s College High School/Washington, D.C.
Mike Morsell is an athletic wing that plays for traditional WCAC power St. John’s High School and coach Sean McAloon. Morsell is one of five Division I signees off of this year’s St. John’s team. Morsell played for the AAU program DC Assault. He can defend multiple positions, has great length and can score in a variety of ways.
Skerry on Morsell: “Mike is a wing who has a 7’1” reach, so he really fits into what we like, guards with length. He’s been tested in meaningful games and has serious potential as his perimeter game rounds into form. He will be ready to help us out right away.”