UMBC gets Harrison Towson lands Wise

April 16, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Former Dunbar point guard Rod Harrison will be the first Poet to play basketball at UMBC after signing a national letter of intent yesterday.

Another local player, guard Marlin Wise of Southern, signed yesterday with Towson State. He will be reunited with former Bulldog Damon Cason, whose freshman year with the Tigers was ruined by a shoulder separation in December.

Harrison (6 feet, 1, 185 pounds) won two state championships at Dunbar before playing this season at Catonsville Community College, where he was named second-team All-Region XX after averaging 16.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists. He also committed just seven turnovers, made 79 steals and hit 42.6 percent of his shots from three-point range.

"Rod has qualities of leadership that go beyond his basketball skills," said UMBC coach Tom Sullivan, whose team was unsettled at point guard most of the season because of injuries and inexperience. "It's exciting to get a local player of his caliber and we hope to get more in the future."

Sullivan received written commitments from two other players yesterday: Kennedy Okafor, a 6-6, 225-pound forward from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Jason Womble, a 6-1, 190-pound shooting guard from Monmouth Junction, N.J.

Wise could step right into the lineup at Towson State, which loses three guards from this season. He helped Southern to the 4A state championship this winter by averaging 14.9 points, 13.1 assists, 7.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals.

A second-team All-Metro pick, the 6-2 Wise can play either guard position. "Marlin's overall ability is superb," said Southern coach Meredith Smith. "He has excellent athletic ability and he is a very unselfish player, as his assist average attests. "

Pub Date: 4/16/96

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