TOWSON, Md. –The Towson Tigers will look considerably different in 2018-19 in comparison to their 2017-18 roster.
After an 18-win season, the Tigers will be without their top five scorers heading into the 2018-19 season. Towson lost three players to graduation, and another two players decided to transfer out of the program.
Leading scorer Zane Martin (19.8 ppg) opted to transfer from the team after his sophomore season, as did fellow sophomore Justin Gorham (9.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg). While both players have yet to commit to new programs, it’s unlikely that they’ll be back in a Towson jersey.
Add in the graduation of Brian Starr, Mike Morsell, and Eddie Keith II, and the Tigers lose over 60 points per game of production from their 2017-18 roster (60.6) ppg.
On Monday, the Tigers got some good news on the transfer market. While the addition won’t help them right away in 2018-19, it does add an intriguing piece to the puzzle for the 2019-20 season and beyond. Towson landed a commitment from guard Juwan Gray, who will join the Tigers after two years on the West Coast with the San Diego Toreros.
The move to Towson for Gray brings him much closer to home. The native of Dover, DE will now be under two hours away from his hometown.
Over his two seasons with the Toreros, Gray was a key role player who had himself a strong freshman season back in 2016-17. In his first season at San Diego, the 6’8” forward averaged 7.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest, while shooting 43.3% from the field.
This season, his minutes decreased slightly, as he averaged just over 20 minutes of action per night out. Gray improved his shooting percentage from the floor, hitting at a 48.3% clip over the course of the year. However, his scoring and rebounding numbers dipped with the decrease in minutes. Gray averaged 5.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game this season, but did improve his blocks per game average from 0.5 as a freshman to 0.8 last season.
Gray will sit out the 2018-19 season due to the NCAA’s transfer regulations, and will have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2019-20.
In Gray, the Tigers get a forward who has the potential to be an impact player on both ends of the floor moving forwards. At 6’8”, Gray will add some size up front, and his shooting ability from three point range will allow Skerry to use him on the wing in different lineups and offensive sets.
Towson went 18-14 overall in 2017-18, and 8-10 in conference play.
– T. Bennett