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Philmore will leave Towson

Ten days after the launch of the Pat Skerry era at Towson University, rising sophomore Isaiah Philmore said Thursday he has asked for his release.

Philmore originally said he wanted to see what kind of assistants and recruits Skerry brought to the program before making a decision. After consulting with Duane Coverdale, his AAU coach, and others, Philmore decided it was better to go now.

"I was limiting my own options in scholarships and places I could transfer to if I waited any longer," Philmore said. "People in my circle said it was the best thing for me was not to drag it out."

Philmore, the team's leading scorer in a 4-26 season under Pat Kennedy, is the second player to leave the program this month. Braxton Dupree announced earlier he was withdrawing from Towson to pursue a professional career overseas.

"Him leaving made me lean towards not coming back because he's very talented," Philmore said of Dupree. "By losing him, we're losing a lot of talent."

Philmore said he has no bad feelings for Towson and that he planned to finish the semester.

"Coach Skerry is going to get this program built," he said. "I just feel it's going to take a little more time to rebuild the program and to change the culture of a program, so that was my main thing. I definitely loved the academic part about school. I just had a harsh last two years [in basketball]."

Philmore said he spoke with Skerry Thursday afternoon.

"There's a lot of respect between both of us," Philmore said. "We handle this like men. ... He's a great guy, a great coach. I wish the best of luck to Towson."


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