Local hoops notebook: South Carroll guard goes DI
The list of former Carroll County basketball players at Division I schools is a short one.
On Wednesday, South Carroll wing Ryan McTavish became a member of that exclusive club when he signed a letter of intent to attend Presbyterian College, a DI program located in Clinton, S.C.
“It seemed like I fit in really well down there,” McTavish said. “I really like the coaches and all the players.”
McTavish, a 6-foot-4 senior, averaged 19.8 points and 9.3 rebounds for the Cavaliers. A two-time All-Carroll County selection, McTavish said he was also recruited by Army, Campbell, Lafayette and Navy.
“Ryan has a tremendous work ethic and is what every college coach wants to hear is -- he's a gym rat,” PC coach Gregg Nibert said in a news release. “Ryan has tremendous skills in shooting, passing and a great understanding of the game. He can play both shooting guard and small forward.”
The Blue Hose coaching staff discovered McTavish during the AAU nationals in Orlando last July. McTavish suited up for HCYP Elite, which made a surprise run to the semifinal round.
“It really got everyone recognized,” McTavish said. “College coaches saw us play. We worked really hard just to be noticed and to be seen.”
McTavish said he expects to play the 2 and 3 in college. Presbyterian finished 5-26 last season, including a 2-16 mark in Big South Conference play. McTavish said he looks forward to facing Division I competition, especially in nonconference games against Auburn and Kansas State.
Local DI schools announce signings
Towson signed Kris Walden, a 6-foot guard from Henrico High in Richmond, Va., this week. Walden averaged 16 points, four assists and 2.7 steals as a junior, earning All-Capital District and All-Central Region honors.
"Kris is one of the outstanding guards in one of the great basketball states in our country, Virginia," Tigers coach Pat Kennedy said in a news release. "His work ethic is complemented with a tremendous basketball IQ. Also an outstanding student he will be a tremendous addition to our program."
Mount St. Mary’s announced the signing this week of Taylor Danaher, a 6-foot-10, 200-pound center from Fredericksburg (Va.) Christian School. Danaher averaged 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks as a junior playing in the Central Virginia Homeschool Athletic Association.
“We are very excited to have Taylor joining our program,” Mountaineers coach Robert Burke said in a news release. “His size, athleticism and skill set fits very well with our current roster. We have high expectations for Taylor both on and off the court.”
New AAU program starting up
Under Armour is all set to enter the local AAU basketball scene.
The Baltimore-based UA Elite Panthers, led by St. Frances coach Mark Karcher and his cousin, area hoops promoter Dwayne Wise, will field a 17-and-under program starting this spring. Karcher will serve as the program’s president, while Wise has signed on as the vice president and director of basketball operations.
The coaching staff will be led by Princeton Day Academy coach Van Whitfield, former Towson Catholic and Wyoming standout Mike Manns and former Mount Zion Academy coach Michael White, who coached Tracy McGrady at the North Carolina school. Damian Jones will be in charge of academic support and tutoring for the program.
Photo of Ryan McTavish courtesy of HCYP Elite.