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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Pat Skerry
He is not a Jabari Parker or an Andrew Wiggins, who are household names for college basketball fans, and his name does not appear on any of the major draft projections. But if Benimon is selected in Thursday's NBA draft he could surprise those who overlooked him. He already has proven to be a revelation to some.
After going 1-31 last season, Towson retained only three scholarship players and added three transfers from the Big East. The Tigers also put together a schedule that was something — literally — to write home about, opening with 10 straight games on the road.
Erique Gumbs learned a valuable lesson a couple of days ago after Towson coach Pat Skerry tried to inspire his team that had lost an NCAA-record 41 straight games, showing them Muhammad Ali's famous "rope-a-dope" boxing match against George Foreman.
There isn't much the current Towson basketball team shares with its immediate predecessor. Except the losing.
The decor is sparse in new Towson basketball coach Pat Skerry's office. A few bags are on the floor. His desk is covered with notes jotted down during his first week on the job. A laptop is off to the side, and his mobile device is buzzing.
Towson University has hired Pittsburgh assistant Pat Skerry as its new coach.
"I don't think we realized what we were getting in Jerrelle," said Towson coach Pat Skerry. "I don't think we realized he would be a two-time CAA player of the year, but he has the work ethic and worked very hard to get there."
"Jerelle is one of those players that is very teachable," said Skerry. "He listens and works very hard to improve. I think being drafted by the Wizards would certainly be a benefit to him, having his support system in place. But he's one of those players who works hard enough to succeed anywhere."