Boys basketball: Loughry heads to Mount

Posted by Michael Glick on Sep 06 2003 at 05:00PM PDT
By CRAIG ANDERSON, Staff Writer Published September 06, 2003, The Capital, Annapolis, Md. Copyright © 2003 The Capital, Annapolis, Md. While one Spalding boys' basketball player has decided on a Division I college, another is still sifting through offers. Long on potential and short on statistics, 6-foot-11, 225-pound center Jason Loughry has committed to play at Mount St. Mary's in 2004-05. Loughry averaged one point and less than a rebound a game last season backing up Maryland-bound Will Bowers. "The Mount said I would play immediately and I didn't want to go to a school where I would sit the bench for two or three years," said Loughry, who also considered Bucknell, Rice and Furman. After a standout summer camp season, 6-8 all-county swingman Rudy Gay has scheduled visits to Maryland and Connecticut, and will meet with coaches from eight schools overall from Sept. 13-18. Others being considered include defending national champion Syracuse, Kentucky, Villanova, Clemson, St. John's and Georgetown. After meeting with all the coaches, Gay may schedule one or two more visits. He's also on the radar screen of National Basketball Association scouts. Prep coach Mike Glick said Odenton resident Loughry had a chance to succeed at the Northeast Conference school, though the progression might take time. Loughry averaged 1.5 blocks per game in limited playing time, and is considered a solid defender and rebounder who needs to develop offensive skills. "Jason still needs to get stronger, but he'll get there," Glick said. "He'll have the opportunity to play but they won't come in and expect him to be the savior." Loughry, who scored a 1,200 on his SAT and will study business in college, joins Spalding products Landy Thompson (point guard) and Gus Durr (small forward) at the Emmitsburg school. "It was the perfect choice for Jason," Glick said. "Academically, it's a small setting and the proximity to home suits his family. The Northeast Conference is traditionally a guards league, so he has a chance to make a mark with his size as a big man." ----------------------------------------------------------------------


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