Dunbar's Alexander stays home at Towson

April 13, 1991|By Sam Davis

Dunbar High guard Terrance Alexander, The Sun's 1991 boys basketball Player of the Year, signed a letter of intent with Towson State yesterday.

Alexander, 6 feet 3, was the leader for a Dunbar team that had a 27-1 record and finished No. 2 in the nation according to the Associated Press and No. 4 in USA Today.

Alexander gives Towson another versatile guard, in the same mold as the Tigers' Devin Boyd and Terrance Jacobs.

Alexander averaged 18.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists. He earned Most Valuable Player honors in the Gonzaga Tournament, Metro Classic and the Baltimore City Public Schools Tournament.

"He is a complete player," said Dunbar coach Pete Pompey. "In his four years here, he has consistently improved.

"He has worked hard and improved his outside shot, and he drives to the basket very well."

Alexander was considered Towson's top recruiting priority, although Towson coach Terry Truax said he does not believe many schools considered Alexander a strong prospect.

"I think Terrance was under-recruited," Truax said. "I don't think people realized what an outstanding prospect he was. I think the initialinterest was from the standpoint that he was attractive because of his academics."

Alexander, who scored 850 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, also included Northeastern and Richmond among his final three choices. Temple showed interest late, but Alexander said he never seriously considered the Philadelphia school.

"I thought Towson State was the best place for me," Alexander said. "They've been to the NCAAs [tournament], and I like the players."

Alexander is the first Dunbar player in recent memory to sign with Towson out of high school (Kurk Lee transferred to Towson from Western Kentucky).

Alexander started at shooting guard for the Poets and also played sparingly at small forward and point guard. He said he expects to spend time at both guard spots for the Tigers.

Including Alexander, Towson has 13 scholarship players, which leaves two scholarships available. The Tigers still are in the running for two of the area's top forward prospects -- St. Frances' Devin Gray and Walbrook's Stevie Thomas. The decisions of both have been slowed because neither player has scored 700 on the SAT, which is required by the NCAA for freshman eligibility. Both planned to take the test next month. The signing period began Wednesday and runs through May 15.

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