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James Quinn MDVarsity.com Magazine Staff November 2, 2003 For the last two seasons, Archbishop Spalding’s 6-11 Jason Loughry has patiently waited his turn to become the Cavalier’s starting center. When Loughry made the Spalding varsity as a rail thin 6-10. 200 pound sophomore in 2001-2002, 7-0 Will Bowers, now a freshman at the University of Maryland, was already a 6-11, 225 pound junior with a year of starting varsity experience under his belt. As a sophomore and junior, Loughry, who is from Odenton, Marylnd, was listed as a back-up center and power forward for Coach Mike Glick’s Baltimore Catholic League (BCL) powerhouse, but, in reality, with the arrival of superstar Rudy Gay via the transfer route and the emergence of talented sophomore Lawrence Dixon, there was even less opportunity for Loughry at the forward position in 2002-2003. Gus Durr Jr., now a freshman at Mt. St. Mary’s, was Spalding’s starting power forward the last two years. In addition to limited playing time, Loughry’s development was impeded by injuries and his inability to seriously undertake a much-needed weightlifting regimen. As a sophomore, Jason had back problems that kept him from weightlifting for part of the year. As a junior, Loughery suffered a severe ankle sprain late in the season that kept him out of the BCL Championship game, the Alhambra Tournament, and nagged him through Spring AAU events. Further, in his junior year, a heart condition, since corrected, limited Jason’s ability to lift weights and engage in intense cardiovascular work. All of these setbacks aside, Loughry occasionally had some bright moments during his first two seasons, most notably in Spalding’s hard fought 45-40 win over Georgetown prep at last year’s Slam Dunk to the Beach in Lewes, Delaware. With Bowers and Gay in foul trouble, Loughry came off the bench to score 4 points, grab 2 rebounds, and block a shot in an inspired 9 minute relief stint against against the huge Prep frontline of 7-1 Roy Hibbert, 6-9 Davis Nwankwo and 6-8 Aris Williams. After the game, Coach Glick said “Without Jason’s play off the bench, we wouldn’t have won tonight.” Earlier this week, nearly a year later, Prep Coach Dwayne Bryant recalled Loughry’s performance at the Slam Dunk to the Beach, “He (Jason) came in and played well against us. I’m not sure that they could have beat us without his help that night. Even though he is really thin, that kid is going to be a pretty decent college player at the right level.” The question of what is the “correct level” of college for Jason Loughry became a little more confusing this summer as he had a number of very good performances in Summer League action in the Ban The Brick League at St. Alban’s and as he gradually got his weight up to 225 pounds. Loughry turned a few heads one Sunday in July at St. Alban’s when he registered a 13 point, 8 rebound, 4 block, 2 assist effort against a tall and talented team from WCAC power Paul VI. He drained two long jumpers, one a three pointer. With his increased size and strength, Loughry was also playing tougher under the hoop and with increased confidence. After the game, Loughry told MDVarsity.com that he had offers from Mt. St. Mary’s, Kent State and Rice and was also hearing from two Ivy League schools, Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania. Loughry has a 3.2 GPA and 1200 + on his SATs. Earlier this Fall, Loughry gave a verbal commitment to Mt. St. Mary’s and their new head coach, former Howard University star and ex-William & Mary assistant coach Milan Brown. Brown is in his first year at the Mount, replacing the retired Hall of Fame legend Jim Phelan. Loughry will join Spalding stars Gus Durr Jr. and Landy Thompson at the Emmittsburg, Maryland, Catholic school. At the time, Spalding Coach Mike Glick told us that he was very pleased with Loughry’s decision. “It is a good academic school, Coach Brown is putting together some nice young talent, his personality and coaching style is a good fit for Jason. I think there is an opportunity for Jason to play there fairly soon if he keeps working hard – which, you know, he will.” MDVarsity.com, was on hand last month at Spalding HS for the annual BCL preseason All-Star Game. Loughry failed to score a point (in fairness, big men don’t get many “touches” in All- Star games), but he did have a game high five blocked shots. Last Thursday night, MDVarsity.com traveled to Severn, Maryland, to watch Rudy Gay and his Spalding teammates practice. We were impressed that Jason appeared to have gotten even bigger and more assertive in his inside play since we last saw him in September. “I’m up to 237 pounds now, Loughry told us after practice. I feel a lot stronger and able to compete inside than I did last year.” Regarding his decision to commit so early to Mt. St, Mary’s, Jason told us, “I liked Coach Brown. The previous coach, Coach Phelan, actually started recruiting me the year before. Landy and Gus were already there and it is a good academic school. I had other offers and I could have waited, but I liked what Mt. St. Mary’s had to offer, so I committed early.” Will he be playing right away or is he considering reshirting as a freshman? “I want to play right away. I don’t want to redshirt. I already had two seasons here (at Spalding) where I didn’t play much, so I can’t see sitting out a year as a redshirt. I’m really anxious to PLAY! One of the reasons I selected The Mount is that I think I can play pretty early there,” said Loughry. What are Jason’s goals for his senior year at Spalding? “I don’t really have any goals for myself except to keep getting better. I’m much more interested in the team doing well. It KILLED me to have to sit out injured and watch us lose (to Mt. St. Joe’s) in the BCL Championshp this year. I want to win the BCL. Also, we are playing in some big national games this year, I want to help Spalding build a National reputation.” Early in the 2001-2002 season, when Loughry was a painfully thin, awkward sophomore, Coach Glick predicted that Jason would be a Division One college recruit. “Jason is a great kid, he is a hard worker. He is also a great student and real team-oriented kid. Obviously, he needs to get a lot bigger and stronger and increase his stamina, but he is a 6-11 kid who can shoot, he has long arms, and he has a good feel for the game. With his height and his intangibles as a person and as a student, I guarantee you some D-I schools will want what he has to offer.” Two years later, Loughry has made a prophet of Coach Glick and made a bona fide player of himself. Site-specific editorial/photos Copyright 2002-2003 MDVarsity.com
by Gary Adornato (MIAA Website- October 17th) Archbishop Spalding graduate Will Bowers officially begins his college basketball career tonight when he takes the floor with his University of Maryland teammates for Midnight Madness before what will be a full house at Maryland’s Comcast Center. Viewed as a “project,” when he signed with the Terps last winter, Bowers has been impressive in preseason scrimmages and some Maryland insiders believe the 7’-0” center will see significant time, in a reserve role, as a true freshman. Late last season, Bowers became a more aggressive scorer around the basket and displayed outstanding touch as a perimeter shooter. Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams loves big men that can shoot from the outside, because it forces his opponent to come out front to defend, creating more interior space for Maryland’s famed motion offense. Also attending Midnight Madness this evening will be Spalding senior sensation Rudy Gay. Gay, ranked among the nation’s top ten basketball recruits, is taking his official visit to College Park this weekend and has reportedly narrowed his choices down to Maryland and Connecticut. Gay, a 6’-8” forward with incredible leaping ability, may make an announcement regarding his college choice as early as next week.
October 9, 2003 MDVarsity Drops in On Pre-Season All-Star Game by James Quinn MDVarsity.com Magazine Staff Spalding's Rudy Gay is One of the Most Terrific Kids You'll Meet On or Off the Court He is the state's top player and Terp fans are salivating at the thought of seeing him do his thing on a regular basis at Comcast Center. MDVarsity.Com scouted the Third Annual preseason BCL All-Star Basketball game in Severn, MD, on Sunday afternoon (at Spalding). Jim Quinn is our eyes and ears on the scene. Jim is the highest rated high school basketball reporter on the board. He has a keen eye for talent, a wicked sense of humor and a lethal pen. His cross-over move of crossing his "t" has yet to be stopped. The all star game format provides for an underclassmen preliminary game with the main event featuring the best BCL seniors. Each BCL school gets to place three or four players in each of the games. A large crowd was on hand, in part, to see 6'8" 215 pound senior superstar forward Rudy Gay of the host Spalding Cavaliers. The brilliant quickside forward, who is the object of an intense recruiting battle between Maryland and Connecticut, did not disappoint the fans. Rudy had 13 points (on 6 of 12 field goal shooting, 1 of 3 behind the three point arc), 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks, and 3 steals. He threw down three on the blocks, the most spectacular a two-handed reverse dunk off of an “alley-oop” pass from Cardinal Gibbons guard Ken Hasbrook. Gay led the “Black Team” to a 68-60 win over the “White Team”. Several of Rudy’s baskets came on assists from point guard Jesse Brooks, his teammate both at Spalding and with the AAU Cecil Kirk team. Here are brief updates on some other seniors who played in the main game: • Jason Loughry, a 6'11" 225 pound center from Spalding who has played AAU ball in the past with both Baltimore Select and Cecil Kirk, was the starting center for the “White Team”. Loughry did not score, but had a game high 5 blocked shots. Loughry recently verbally committed to St. Mary’s and Coach Milan Brown. Loughry will join former Spalding Cavaliers Landy Thompson and Gus Durr at The Mount. Loughry hopes to get major minutes at Spalding this year after backing current Terp freshman Will Bowers for two seasons. • Will Thomas, a 6'7" 220 pound forward from defending BCL champion Mt. St. Joe’s. Will recently committed to George Mason where he will be part of a tremendous recruiting class that will include Springbrook guard Folarin Campbell and Laurel guard John Vaughn. We almost didn’t recognize Thomas with his new haircut (having cut his rather significant ‘fro since last season). Thomas had (unofficially) only 4 points, but he did a pretty good defensive job for the “White Team” as he had to check Rudy Gay most of the game. • Ken Hasbrook, a 6'2" guard from Cardinal Gibbons who handles and passes the ball well enough to probably project as a “combo guard” - depending on the level of Division One college that he selects. Hasbrook is strong, athletic, and excels in the up-tempo game. We spoke to him briefly after the game and he indicated that he is hearing from Wagner University and some other D-I colleges. • Gordon Brown, a 6'3" small forward from St. Frances who will likely project as a wing guard in college. Though he sports a headband and long ‘dreds, Brown’s game is strictly old school and hard nosed. He did convert one three point attempt and flushed one breakaway dunk, but he mostly garnered attention for his intense, aggressive defense, his willingness to battle bigger foes on the boards, and for taking the ball to the rim with authority. One of the Spalding assistant coaches told us that he thinks that Brown is one of the most unheralded, and toughest, players in the BCL. We had Brown for (unofficially) 11 points and 5 rebounds. Brown told us after the game that he expects to switch to wing guard in college. Brown said he is hearing from James Madison, Hampton Institute, and some D-II colleges and junior colleges. Regardless of the level of college that he attends, he is a very good and very effective high school player. THE UNDERCLASS GAME: In the preliminary game, the BCL Underclass “Team One/Blue” beat the BCL Underclass “Team Two/White”, 77-61. The leading scorers were as follows: “Team One/Blue”: Pat O’Connell (Loyola), 17 points; Darron Edwards (St. Frances), 14 points; Joey Speirenburg (St. Maria Goretti). 11 points; Marlin Johnson (MSJ), 10 points; Courtney Johnson (MSJ), 9 points; and Justin Castleberry (Spalding), 7 points. “Team Two/White”: Ken Perry (Towson Catholic), 12 points; George Neville (Loyola), 8 points; RaShawn Alexander (St. Frances), 8 points.
Published by The HOOP SCOOP, Inc., P.O. Box 37122, Louisville, KY Copyright 2003 HOOP SCOOP'S RANKING OF THE NATION'S TOP 445 SENIORS (CLASS OF 2004) Published on August 27, 2003 Rank Player Height Class Position Hometown (High School) State College 1. Dwight Howard 6'11 2004 PF Atlanta (Southwest Atlanta Christian) GA 2. Al Jefferson 6'9 2004 C Prentiss (H.S.) MS Arkansas 3. Shaun Livingston 6'6 2004 PG Peoria (Central) IL 4. D.J. White 6'9 2004 C Tuscaloosa (Hillcrest) AL Indiana 5. Josh Smith 6'9 2004 WF Mouth of Wilson (Oak Hill) VA Indiana 6. Marvin Williams 6'9 2004 PF Bremerton (H.S.) WA North Carolina 7. Malik Hairston 6'6 2004 WF Detroit (Renaissance) MI 8. RUDY GAY 6'8 2004 PF SEVERN (ARCHBISHOP SPALDING)MD 9. Sebastian Telfair 6'0 2004 PG Brooklyn (Lincoln) NY Louisville 10. Daniel Gibson 6'3 2004 PG Houston (Jones) TX Texas ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 2004 Pre-Season Top 100 from TheInsiders.com By Dave Telep, Tracy Pierson August 26, 2003 Here's our pre-season list of the Top 100 high school prospects in the United States: 1 C Dwight Howard (SW Atlanta Christian) Atlanta , GA 6-10/225 2 PG Shaun Livingston (Peoria Central) Peoria , IL 6-7/175 3 PF Al Jefferson (Prentiss) Prentiss, MS 6-9/265 Arkansas 4 PF/SF Marvin Williams (Bremerton) Bremerton, WA 6-8/205 North Carolina 5 SF Josh Smith (Oak Hill Academy) Mouth of Wilson, VA 6-8/210 Indiana 6 PF Lamarcus Aldridge (Seagoville) Dallas , TX 6-11/225 Texas 7 C Robert Swift (Highland) Bakersfield , CA 7-0/230 Southern Cal 8 PG Sebastian Telfair (Lincoln) Brooklyn, NY 5-11/165 9 SF Malik Hairston (Renaissance) Detroit, MI 6-6/185 10 SF/PF RUDY GAY (ARCHBISHOP SPALDING) SEVERN, MD 6-8/210 ----------------------------------------------------------------------
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Boys basketball: Loughry heads to Mount

Posted by Michael Glick at Sep 6, 2003 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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." ----------------------------------------------------------------------