Goodman may sign with Towson today

Milford Mill's Clark to sign with Rutgers in early signing period

High Schools

November 10, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The former coach of basketball player Tamir Goodman, who last month orally committed to a full basketball scholarship to attend Towson University, said Goodman "has every intention" of signing with the Tigers, perhaps as early as today, if Towson officials have "worked out" a schedule that does not conflict with Goodman's observance of the Jewish Sabbath.

Today is the first day of the one- week NCAA early signing period for basketball, baseball, softball, lacrosse and some other sports.

"I expect Tamir to sign. He's planning on it, if everything is on the up-and-up," said Harold Katz, Goodman's coach at Talmudical before he transferred to Takoma Academy in Montgomery County. "He wants to stay home, but you have to realize he's signing his life away, so he wants to make sure that's [scheduling] done."

The 6-foot-3, 159-pound Goodman is an Orthodox Jew who cannot play or practice between sundown on Friday and sundown on Saturday.

Goodman committed to the Tigers in mid-October -- a few days before the league's American East conference meetings -- Katz said, to allow Towson officials to make a pitch for adjusting the schedule.

Goodman hopes the league will move Towson's Friday road games to Thursday, and to move Saturday afternoon games to the evening.

"America East has been very positive and supportive to Tamir and has tried to accommodate him as much as they can," Katz said. "There may be times that he may not be able to play, and that's OK with Tamir and that's OK with Towson."

Maryland has an oral commitment from Matt Slaninka, a 7-foot-3 center from DeMatha who is not expected to provide immediate help. Maryland is also in the running for Chris Wilcox, a 6-9 forward from Raleigh who is considered the top prospect in North Carolina.

Others who are expected to sign during the early period include All-Metro girls basketball selection Mandakova Clark, of Milford Mill, with Rutgers.

A shooting guard who averaged 26.4 points and shot 49 percentfrom the field last year, the 5-foot-8 Clark chose Rutgers over North Carolina, Kansas and Virginia Tech. Last year, Clark led the Millers to their fourth straight Baltimore County championship and their second straight appearance in the state Class 3A title game.

Two All-Metro boys basketball players from Archbishop Spalding, Derrick Snowden and Tremaine Robinson, will sign today with Villanova and Towson University, respectively, and Spalding girls basketball player Lauren Schaech will sign with Iona.

Snowden, a 6-foot senior point guard and Anne Arundel County's Player of the Year, averaged 10.2 points, 6.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds a game to lead the Cavaliers (29-4) to the Catholic League Tournament crown. Robinson (6-3) averaged 12.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and two assists.

Schaech, a 5-8 guard who has led the Spalding girls basketball team in scoring the past two seasons, will accept a full scholarship to play at Iona.

Also in girls basketball, Seton Keough's Denise King and Meaghan Allan plan to sign today.

King, a two-time All-Metro guard, will sign with Rhode Island.

Allan, a shooting guard who averaged 12.6 points, will sign with Fairleigh Dickinson.

Also, Western's Tyecia Powell will sign Friday with UMBC and Joycia Gorham plans to sign with Northeastern.

Tomorrow, C. Milton Wright softball catcher Megan Hube will accept a full scholarship to Oklahoma, which has a Top 10 NCAA softball program.

River Hill two-time All-Metro wrestler Brandon Lauer will sign today with the University of West Virginia. He has accepted a 75 percent scholarship, which is guaranteed in case of injury and which eventually will expand to 90 percent.

Lauer also was recruited by Penn State, Virginia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Brown. But Lauer, who wants to coach and teach, said he chose West Virginia because it has a five-year Masters program in education and because of its proximity to his home.

Princeton got two of the area's best boys lacrosse players in All-Metros Ryan Boyle (Gilman) and Ricky Schultz (Loyola) to apply for early decision.

In baseball, Severna Park senior pitcher Josh Banks will sign with Florida International on a full scholarship.

Several girls lacrosse players also plan to sign -- Maryvale's Kelly Devlin (Vanderbilt) and Molly McLaughlin (Ohio State), Roland Park's Caline McHenry (Duke) and Mary McCeney (Vanderbilt), and Oakland Mills' Megan Green (Hofstra). Five members of Mount Hebron's Class 2A state championship team also have made commitments -- Annie Collins (Maryland), Polly Purcell and Liz Eberhart (Boston University), Lauren Kickham (Duke) and Katelyn Hoffman (North Carolina).

Two have committed to Ivy League schools -- Maryvale's Kate Killen (Dartmouth) and Roland Park's Meghan McInnes (Princeton).

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