As expected, Goodman signs with Towson

Spalding's Robinson to sign with Tigers as well today


November 11, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

As expected, Tamir Goodman officially signed with Towson University yesterday, one of two signings for the America East school.

In addition to Goodman, Mohamed Fofana, a 6-foot-8 center from Bullis Prep, signed with the Tigers, and Tremaine Robinson of Archbishop Spalding will announce his signing with the school at a news conference today.

A 6-3 guard in his senior season at Takoma Park, Goodman averaged 39 points and eight assists per game for Pikesville's Talmudical Academy last year.

"In Tamir Goodman, we have one of the most prepared and cerebral players I have ever had the opportunity to watch," Towson coach Mike Jaskulski said. "He's an exciting player who does something exciting almost every night."

Goodman will attract most of the attention, however, as an Orthodox Jew who cannot play or practice between sundown on Fridays and sundown on Saturdays.

Conflicts over this matter were part of the reason he backed out of a commitment he made to Maryland earlier in the year.

"We have had discussions with America East commissioner Chris Monasch and feel we'll be accommodated to the greatest extent possible," Towson athletic director Wayne Edwards said.

Elsewhere, UMBC received letters of intent from a pair of New Yorkers, Will McClurkin and Peter Mulligan.

McClurkin, a 6-9 post player, averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds for Longwood High School of Medford, N.Y., while Peter Mulligan is a 6-5 swingman who averaged nine points and six rebounds for St. Raymond's High School in New York City.

Coppin State and Loyola were expecting to sign three players apiece, but neither school received letters of intent yesterday.

Morgan State wasn't expecting to sign anyone, though the Bears could improve with the return of Curtis King. King, the team's leading scorer last season, transferred to Drexel in May, but is now back on the MSU campus and may be playing by next season.

Seven athletes from St. Mary's are scheduled to sign national letters of intent today.

Field hockey standout Courtney Thornton (Maryland) and Saints boys lacrosse players, goalie Tilghman Johnson (Virginia), midfielder Joe Thompson (Virginia) and defenseman Matt Pessagno (North Carolina) will sign. Also slated to sign are girls lacrosse players Erin Coppedge (Maryland), Melissa Razewski and Morgan Thalenberg (both Towson).

Glen Burnie resident Allen Strick, an All-Metro shortstop at Mount St. Joseph, has committed to Old Dominion and will make it official today.

From Howard County, Mount Hebron attackman Neal Goldman signed a letter of intent with Georgetown yesterday.

Howard High pitcher Tony King intends to sign with Maryland tomorrow.

River Hill gymnast Michelle Cina signed with West Virginia yesterday.

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