News and notes from the Charm City Challenge
Mount Carmel point guard Troy Franklin made himself right at home yesterday during the Charm City Challenge at the Towson Center.
Playing on his future home court, Franklin earned MVP honors in the Baltimore All-Stars’ 107-82 win over the U.S. All-Stars. The Towson signee scored 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting, and also dished out four assists in just 14 minutes of play.
“It feels good,” Franklin said. “I’m just getting used to it. ... I come up here all the time during the school year just to work out. ... It’s going to be a big change [playing for Towson next season] when you’ve got bigger, stronger and faster guards playing against you, but I’ll adapt.”
For more on the event, click here for Sun reporter Stefen Lovelace’s game story.
• Sean Mosley drew more than a few Maryland fans out to the Towson Center. Mosley has been slowed a bit by a sprained wrist, but Terps fans were still treated to 15-point, six-assist, five-rebound performance by the St. Frances guard. “I noticed a lot of red shirts and a lot of people calling my name,” Mosley said.
After next Sunday’s Capital Classic at Comcast Center, Mosley said he’ll get his wrist X-rayed -- just to be certain everything’s fine -- and then continue his preparation for next season in College Park. “[I’ll] just constantly keep working on my ball handling some more, get a lot of reps up with shooting, and [do] speed work, and that’s pretty much it.”
For more on Mosley’s play and the reaction from several Maryland fans in attendance, check out this story from TurtleSportsReport.com’s Seth Hoffman.
• Towson Catholic point guard Larry Bastfield received some surprising news last month upon hearing that Toledo head coach Stan Joplin was fired. Bastfield, who inked with the Rockets during the fall signing period, has kept a close eye on the coaching search. “Right now the word is there were a lot of people that put in for the job, like 50 people, and now it’s down to like four or five people,” Bastfield said. “An assistant coach from Notre Dame, assistant coach from Wisconsin, a guy named Buzz Peterson and a couple other people right now. They’re starting to narrow it down right now. They’re just doing interviews.”
Bastfield said Toledo’s decision to fire Joplin came as a shock to him, but he committed to the Rockets for more than just the coaching staff. Still, he’s anxious to see who gets the job. “It was more than just the coach; I went there because I really liked it and everything.” Bastfield said. “But at the same time, when there’s a coaching change, you still want to look at your options. Right now I’m just sitting and waiting to see who they’re going to hire and then I’ll go from there. When they hire the guy, I’ll want to meet the guy.”
• Cardinal Gibbons point guard Jamar Briscoe said he will sign a letter of intent next week to attend North Carolina Central, a DI independent in Durham, N.C. “I’ve been talking to them ... since basically the beginning of the school season. I verbally committed during the season but I’m going to sign a letter of intent April 14,” Briscoe said. “There were a lot of schools on me, but I wasn’t really caught up in the big school thing. Plus, I want to go someplace where I can play and hit the court running.”
Another selling point for Briscoe was North Carolina Central’s conference plans for the future, and the team’s challenging non-conference schedule. “Right now they’re independent, but by my sophomore year they’re going to be in the MEAC. ... Last year they had Duke, NC State, Davidson, schools like that. My freshman year I know we play Duke, Wake Forest, [and] we’ve got Davidson.”
• The sight of 6-foot-7, 330-pound City center James Carmon grabbing rebounds, running the floor and defending the post drew some ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ from the crowd yesterday. But the defensive line prospect is completely focused on playing football at the next level. “Next year, I’ll be attending Mississippi Gulf Coast for junior college for a year-and-a-half, then I’m going to transfer to an SEC school.” Carmon, who reportedly received some interest from Maryland in football, is eyeing Tennessee as a possible destination after his stint at community college. “The area, the people, coaches, the whole staff -- they showed me love, and I think that’s probably where I’ll be attending.”
Carmon gave some thought to attending prep school, but said he thinks community college will be more beneficial for him down the road. “Prep school actually [wouldn’t] get me prepared; it [would] only get me prepared for my testing. I want to be prepared all around for just going to school so I can fit in when I go to a university.”
• Towson Catholic forward Brandon Greene was one of the more prominent uncommitted local players throughout the high school season. Greene, who averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the MIAA A champion Owls, received recruiting interest from Akron, Duquesne and Loyola among others. But last week, Greene offered his verbal commitment to Robert Morris University, a Northeast Conference school located in Moon Township, Pa., near Pittsburgh. “They showed more interest in me than the other schools,” Greene said. “It was an easy decision.”
• St. Frances swingman Anthony Oquendo’s play during the Panthers’ run to the Baltimore Catholic League championship has piqued the interest of a couple nearby schools. “I got an offer to Loyola College, and I’m trying to see if I can get into George Mason," Oquendo said. "George Mason’s looking for a guard right now, so they’re trying to see if they can develop me as a guard.” Oquendo said he’ll work out for the George Mason staff, and then they’ll make a determination on the offer. No matter what happens with George Mason, Oquendo said Loyola, which was his first DI offer, could “be the place” for him.
• The Sun’s Howard County Player of the Year, Long Reach forward Obi Ukwuoma, is still narrowing things down in his recruitment. Ukwuoma has visits scheduled at Barton College, a DII power in Wilson, N.C., High Point University, a DI school in North Carolina, Wheeling Jesuit University, a DII program in West Virginia, Davis & Elkins College, a DII school in West Virginia, and Philadelphia University, also a DII school. “Hopefully I can get signed as soon as possible,” Ukwuoma said. “After they work me out and I take official visits, hopefully somebody sees that I’m good enough to play and they sign me.” Ukwuoma’s still waiting for his first offer.
Programming note: I’m hoping to catch up with a few more unsigned guys from the Charm City Challenge this week and next. Stay tuned for that. Also, look for a brief video of Mosley highlights later this week.