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Coppin State struck gold in the late 90’s with some Philly recruits, won an NCAA game over South Carolina, but haven’t been able to do much since.

Towson has lost 40 straight games. UMBC, which hosted five local recruits last year in one night, took none, and yep, they have two wins.

Loyola on the other hand, is dominating the local market in the Baltimore area, and Jimmy Patsos’ team in a tough league, is reaping the benefits.

Georgetown is led by a local recruit in Jason Clark, and have a great youngster in Howard County product Greg Whittington. Maryland has a local product in Nick Faust.

Granted, the Terps and Hoyas are on a different level, but American starts John Schoof from Fairfax and George Washington has secured two Team Takeover recruits for next year in Joe McDonald and Kethan Savage.

Its amazing that a team like Towson could lose 40 games in a row, when its in the middle of talent rich charm city. Even if you get the outlying kids, yes I know Aquille Carr isn’t going to Towson, but if you had more than three players from Maryland, I bet they wouldn’t be the laughing stock of college hoops now. By the way, guess where their best player Robert Nwankwo is from? Hyattsville, MD. Get him some help.

In Towson’s defense, new coach Pat Skerry isn’t responsible for the roster he inherited. However, what people may not realize is, you get good players from your local area, that’s more fannies in your seats as paying customers. Communities can identify with the team because they know who your roster is.

Case in point, when former Anne Arundel County stars Bryan Harris and Cody Joyce hit the hardwood for Massanutten Academy visit Navy for a JV game, those two will be responsible for about 50 people at a JV GAME!

Patsos will likely have at least six local players on his roster next year. The Greyhounds play in the tough MAAC. Iona, Fairfield, Manhattan, and Loyola all sit in the top four in the league. The Greyhounds are 5-2 in league play and at least are giving themselves a chance to contend for a conference title.

Im not saying you have to have an entire roster of DMV players. That’s silly. However, a smaller school in the area, should work the area harder, since you may be able to secure second tier local talent and that is good talent, not to mention your SID won’t have to make up attendance figures.

ASSISTS: Loyola picked up a commitment from forward Jarred Jones from John Carroll. Navy’s losing streak hit 11 after a 67-60 loss at home to American Wednesday. Charles Hinkle had a double-double for the AU. The Mids trailed by 25 with 16:42 to go, rallied to within four before falling.

Clark scored 31 points, a career-high for Georgetown in a win at DePaul Tuesday without Markell Starks. Georgetown-Rutgers ought to be a dandy Saturday. Maryland product Cleveland Melvin continues to shine for the Blue Demons, but Oliver Purnell needs to recruit front-court help if he has any chance to improve in Big East. The Hoyas had 14 offensive rebounds, DePaul had 18 TOTAL rebounds. Georgetown had 43 boards overall.

Paul Hewitt may not have been a popular choice at the time, but the one time Siena Coach, has been awesome at the Mid-Major level. He has George Mason at 6-1 in the Colonial, tied for first with Old Dominion. The Patriots smoked Delaware Wednesday night, 89-63.

George Washington got a much needed win over Richmond Wednesday night. The Colonials under first year coach Mike Lonergan are one of nine teams with two losses in conference. Tony Taylor had 23 for the winners.

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