On The Road: Towson Catholic

Three of the top prospects out of Maryland this year just happen to be sophomores -- and they just happen to all attend the same school, Towson Catholic. Dave Telep visited the school this week to give us a look at some players to watch down the road.

Mike Daniel's Towson Catholic program has cranked out its share of players. In his 19 years at the school, Daniel has seen guys like Carmelo Anthony, Keith Jenifer and Byron Joynes lace them up at T.C. This year he's got a trio of sophomores that want to be included in that select company.

Towson Catholic, one of the finest programs in Baltimore, has a whole new set of expectations for this season and beyond. Mike Daniel, the 19-year veteran coach, has himself a trio of talented sophomores that are going to add to the program's rich basketball history.

On Monday night, Towson Catholic dusted off last year's Delaware state champion Glasgow High in a warm-up pre-season game. Glasgow, having experienced significant losses from its title team, was rendered helpless against the Owls as it struggled to score in the 65-31 setback.

Ron Nicholson combined to score 39 of the team's total points. All three are members of the school's sophomore class with Delaney having transferred in from McDonough, the program where he began his high school career.

Green, the 6-foot-8 power forward, was the principal reason for Glasgow's inability to put the ball in the basket. The athletic forward rejected 7 shots and had 2 steals; he even picked up a charge.

The sophomore tips scales somewhere in the neighborhood of 210 pounds and runs the floor well. Like most young bigs, he's not where he needs to be physically. Strength is an area where he can improve but there's much to work with. His 5 rebounds could have easily been 10 – and will – if he was just a bit stronger. Offensively, Green showed a comfort level on the perimeter. Now, his numbers – 1 for 9 from the field – didn't do his game justice. He'll be a face up forward on the college level.

For Towson Catholic to achieve the highest level of success, Green will need to exert his considerable talent on the glass. "We got to get tougher in that paint," Daniel implored his team after the game.

Delaney is the glue and point man of the squad. The 6-foot-3 guard dished out 6 assists and scored 16 points of his own. Touted as one of the top guards in the area, Delaney has the game to back up the chatter.

He's got outstanding size at the point and can really pass the basketball. Daniel would like to see him morph into more of a scoring point man and for good reason: he's an accurate shooter who can get his shot as well as put it in the hands of teammates. Delaney has already been on unofficial visits to North Carolina State and Maryland.

Nicholson, the 6-foot-5 wing guard, got everything started for Towson Catholic Monday night. It was his hot hand in the first quarter that allowed T.C. to race out to a 17-3 lead. Nicholson is long, has a shooter's touch from deep and is extremely confident in his perimeter game.

In terms of overall talent, what a luxury it must be to have three kids who play together with Mt. Royal's traveling team now lace them up together on the high school circuit? Daniel sees a bright future for the trio but understands that they are a long way from fulfilling their considerable potential.

"They're still young and hard workers," Daniel said. "I tell people we shouldn't build them up too much because they've got a ways to go, but they're very talented."

There were many reasons for Daniel to smile after Monday's game. However, none were bigger than this statistic: the trio combined to go 14-for-14 from the free throw line and that's pretty impressive this early in the season.

Towson Catholic has one of the tiniest gyms in the city and seats are going to be tough to come by this year. So, get there early and reserve your space because it's going to be quite a run the next three seasons.

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