Gumbs, Jones To Leave Towson Basketball Team

March 26, 2012 | WNST Staff

Gumbs, Jones To Leave Towson Men’s Basketball Team
Gumbs to Receive Medical Hardship; Jones to Transfer

TOWSON, Md. – Forwards Erique Gumbs and Deon Jones will not return to the Towson men’s basketball team, head coach Pat Skerry announced on Monday. Gumbs will not return to the team due to medical conditions, but the redshirt sophomore will remain enrolled at Towson. Jones has been granted permission to seek a transfer from the University.

“I greatly appreciate the contributions that both Erique and Deon have made to the Towson University men’s basketball program,” Skerry said. “We are excited for Erique to remain at Towson to finish his degree. He’s been a model student for the younger guys in our program. Deon will seek other opportunities and we wish him the best of luck both athletically and academically where ever he decides to continue his college career.”

Gumbs will be unable to compete for the Tigers due to a complication of Marfan’s syndrome, a condition in which the body’s connective tissue is abnormal. It most often affects the connective tissue of the heart and blood vessels, eyes, bones, lungs, and covering of the spinal cord.

Gumbs, a Colonial Athletic Association All-Academic second team selection this past season, played in all 32 games for the Tigers in 2011-12, including 21 starts. The forward averaged 22.4 minutes per game while scoring 5.5 points and grabbing 4.8 rebounds a contest. The redshirt sophomore was Towson’s nominee for the prestigious CAA Dean Ehlers Leadership Award this past season.

Jones, who started all 32 games during his freshman season, averaged 7.0 points and 4.5 rebounds while playing 31.3 minutes per game. The freshman was third on the team with 41 assists and fourth on the squad with 26 steals. Jones had eight double-digit scoring games and three double-digit rebounding games during the 2011-12 season.