Towson Men’s Basketball Announces Stellar 2012-13 Recruiting Class
Tigers Ink Four Standouts During Early Signing Period
TOWSON, Md. – Towson University head men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry announced Wednesday that power forward Barrington Alston, combo guard Jerome Hairston, point guard Frank Mason and forward Timajh Parker-Rivera have signed national letters of intent to attend Towson and compete for the Tigers. The incoming quartet signals the start to the early signing period, in which recruiting analysts predict Towson’s class to rank as one of the best in program history.
“This is a major day for Towson men’s basketball,” Coach Skerry said. “These guys are going to be cornerstones of the program for quite some time. We’re expecting them to make immediate impacts on the floor. They have all proven to be high character guys with great work ethic both on the court and in the classroom.”
Forward, 6-8, 220
New Hampton School/Wilmington, Del.
Alston is a three-star prospect according to both Rivals.com & Scout.com. The Wilmington, Del. native is the third-ranked player in the state of Delaware by ESPN.com and is listed as the 37th best power forward in the class of 2012. Alston is a strong and very athletic left-handed power forward. He excels in transition due in large part because of his ability to finish above the rim over or around defenders. Alston played AAU basketball for one of the top programs in the country, Team Takeover (DC), coached by Keith Stevens.
Skerry on Alston: “We’re really excited about Barrington. He’s a long, powerful and very athletic lefthander. He comes to us from the New Hampton School, coached by Pete Hutchins, which plays in arguably the most competitive league in the country. We expect him to have an immediate impact on the defensive end of the floor. He’s a tremendous shot-blocker and rebounder and a high character guy.”
Guard, 6-3, 185
Christ School/Roanoke, Va.
Hairston is a Rivals.com Top-150 member, who is rated as the No. 114 overall prospect in the country. Scout.com ranks Hairston as the 18th best point guard in the country and he is listed as a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. The Roanoke, Va. native was a First Team All-State selection in Virginia in 2010 and he played AAU ball for East Coach Fusion (Va.), coached by Cade Lemcke. Although he’s a natural point guard, Hairston can score the ball, especially in transition where he is extremely dangerous. Hairston was selected to participate in the exclusive NBPA Top-100 camp and the Chris Paul CP3 All-American Point Guard camp in 2011.
Skerry on Alston: “Jerome is a versatile guard that can play the one or two spot. He’s an exceptional athlete that can shoot, score and pass. He’s a Rivals Top 120 player and we beat out some high level programs to get him. Jerome has the opportunity to be a major impact guy for us right away.”
Guard, 6-0, 170
Petersburg High School/Petersburg, Va.
Mason is a three-star prospect by Scout.com who ranks as the 26th best point guard in this class, according to ESPN.com. He led the state of Virginia in scoring last year, averaging 27.4 points per game. Mason scored over 30 points 13 times, including a career-high 46 points in one contest. Additionally, he averaged 5.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.5 steals per game at Petersburg High School in 2010. The Petersburg, Va. native was named First Team All-Met, All-Conference and All-State in Virginia as a junior. Mason is a true point guard with excellent ball-handling skills. He pushes the ball aggressively in transition and does a great job of getting to the rim. The guard played AAU ball for Team Loaded (VA), coached by Ty White.
Skerry on Mason: “As a junior, Frank led the state of Virginia in scoring. He’s a jet with the ball and gets wherever he wants on the court. He’s built like a fire hydrant. I love his competitiveness. He’s a guy that’s a great talent and gets after it on the court. His talent will give us an immediate boost.”
Forward, 6-7, 210
St. Joseph High School/Bridgeport, Conn.
Parker-Rivera is rated as the No. 2 player in the state of Connecticut by ESPN.com and is a three-star prospect according to Scout.com. He is a two-time All-State selection in Connecticut as well as a two-time All-FCIAC performer. The Bridgeport, Conn. native averaged a double-double with 17.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game in 2010, leading St. Joe’s to a state championship and earning tournament MVP honors along the way. Parker-Rivera was invited to the Reebok All-American camp in 2011 and played for the Connecticut Basketball Club, coached by J.R. Hargreaves.
Skerry on Parker-Rivera: “T.J. Parker is a versatile forward who can play inside and out. His perimeter game is improving and he’s physically ready for this level. T.J. has a really good feel for the game and he was sought after by many Atlantic-10 schools. He’s a warrior type of a guy who we are really excited about.”