NCB On The Trail: Towson

Miami adds D.C. shooting guard

August, 5, 2013
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Miami landed a verbal commitment from Class of 2014 shooting guard James Palmer (Washington, D.C./St. John's) on Monday, ESPN.com has confirmed.

Palmer held offers from Radford, Rutgers, St. Joseph's and Towson, among others. He joins ESPN 100 SG Adonys Henriquez (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian Prep) in the Hurricanes' 2014 class.
When the July evaluation period ended five days ago, the recruiting news was just getting started.

The biggest news of the week in the Northeast region centered around the commitment of Phil Booth to Villanova, planned visits for Isaiah Whitehead, and trimmed lists from both Kaleb Joseph and Ja'Quan Newton. But the news on those ESPN 100 guards was really just the tip of the iceberg because there have been plenty of other commitments, offers and scheduled visits coming across the wires.

Here’s a look at a plethora of basketball recruiting news and notes from the Northeast:

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Towson adds forward John Davis 

October, 15, 2012
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Class of 2013 forward John Davis (Philadelphia/Neumann-Goretti) announced his commitment to Towson on Monday via his Twitter account.

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Towson adds PF Walter Foster 

October, 15, 2012
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ESPN.com has confirmed that 6-foot-8 power forward Walter Foster (Atlanta/Fishburne Military) verbally committed to Towson over the weekend.

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Shamiek Sheppard is headed to Towson 

September, 28, 2012
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Multiple sources reported Thursday that small forward Shamiek Sheppard (Brooklyn, N.Y./South Shore) verbally committed to Towson.

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PG Frank Mason to visit Kansas 

September, 25, 2012
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The Kansas Jayhawks have been growing their point guard list in the last two weeks. Making an official visit this weekend to Lawrence is three-star point guard Frank Mason (Petersburg, Va./Massanutten Military).

The post-graduate point guard signed with Towson last season before failing to qualify. He made an unofficial visit to Maryland and Virginia Tech while South Carolina, UTEP and Rutgers have offered. Alabama is also in the mix.

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SG Kris Yanku chooses Northern Arizona 

September, 11, 2012
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The Los Angeles Times is reporting that shooting guard Kris Yanku (Woodland Hills, Calif./Taft) verbally committed to Northern Arizona on Monday.

"I had a good relationship with the coaches," he told the paper. "They were serious about me and wanted me to come. I feel it's the best fit for me, and I get to showcase my skills."

Yanku held offers from UNC-Greensboro, Drake and Towson.

"Yanku is a good athlete that affects the game in multiple ways," according to ESPN.com's Joel Francisco. "He can slash his way to the rim, play some point guard or lock down the opposing teams best scorer. He needs to smoothen his jumpshot, but he's a winner."

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Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon landed a verbal commitment on Monday night from shooting guard Chris Jones (Teaneck, N.J./Teaneck H.S.).

According to ESPN.com Recruiting Coordinator Adam Finkelstein, Jones held offers from Colorado, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Towson, Boston University and LaSalle. He chose the Panthers after receiving an offer last week.

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ESPN.com Recruiting Coordinator Adam Finkelstein reported on his New England Recruiting Report site that power forward T.J. Parker-Rivera verbally committed to Towson on Monday.

The 6-foot-6 Parker-Rivera chose the Tigers over Boston University, Iona and Temple.

"I went down to Towson two weeks ago and really liked the campus and the players," he said. "Coach (Pat) Skerry came to my school and spent time talking to my family, and I knew I wanted to commit."

Parker-Rivera becomes part of an impressive first recruiting class for Skerry. He also has pledges from point guard Frank Mason, point guard Jerome Hairston and power forward Barrington Alston.

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