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Get to know your Tiger Athletes: profile on Towson basketball player

April 26, 2010

Towson University’s basketball program boasts one of its top players, Robert Nwankwo. Known as “Big Rob,” this forward for the Tigers from Hyattsville, Md. has an average of 9.9 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per game.

The 6″8′ player helped his team’s journey in March 2010 to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship basketball tournament in Richmond. After beating UNC Wilmington 91-74 in the first round, the Tigers lost 86-56 to Old Dominion (ODU would go on to play in the NCAA tournament).

Robert Nwankwo, #25 for the Towson Tigers basketball team.

Nwankwo scored 13 points and had six rebounds during that last game to keep the Tigers alive.  With one more season to go, make sure to keep an eye under the board for Nwankwo to dominate in his upcoming senior season.

Q. How did it feel to win that first big game against UNC Wilmington during the tournament in March?
A. I wasn’t surprised we got the win against them. We were the higher seed so it was expected of us to beat them.

Q. You also received CAA honors at the end of the season; what exactly did you get and what’s it mean for you?
A. I received an award for the “All Defensive Team” and was a vote away from the “All CAA team”… I put in a lot of hard work during the off-season, I guess it paid off in a way haha.

***Nwankwo is the third Tiger to receive these defensive honors from the CAA. Tony Dixon in 2004 and Brian Allen in 2002 were the other two.

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Get to know your Tigers: Towson baseball player profile

March 11, 2010

The man to look out for this baseball season is the one on the pitcher’s mound. Wes Shifflett, a senior at Towson University, played ball at Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, Md before becoming a Tiger. At WMHS, Shifflett earned the Wolverines’ Most Valuable Player award twice.

The left-handed pitcher has also been on the Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner’s List three times while playing ball at Towson.

#5 Wes Shifflett.

Last season, Shifflett appeared in 15 games and started in four of those games and limited hitters he threw against to a .254 batting average with 39 strikeouts. In a big game against #14 Virginia University, Shifflett pitched one scoreless inning as well.

Q.What made you decide to play baseball at Towson?
A.I decided to play baseball at towson because I knew some of the guys that were playing here. They were from my county. I also liked the campus here a lot more than other schools. I wanted to go to a school where I would enjoy myself even if I wasn’t playing baseball.

Q. What other schools did you consider playing ball at?
A.I also considered playing at University of Maryland, Hartford University, UMBC, and George Mason.

Q.What position do you play as a Tiger, and was that the same you played in high school or other schools? How has that affected your game?
A. I am a pitcher. I used to play first base in high school, but at the collegiate level you kind of have to pick if you’re either going to be a pitcher or a position player and I had more potential as a pitcher. I do miss hitting though.

Q.What is your best memory with the team?
A. My best memory of the team was beating the University of Virginia 2 years ago when they were nationally ranked.

Q.Are there any specific pregame rituals you or your team do before a game to pump you up?
A. We dont have any pregame rituals, but we need one. Let me know if you have any ideas. (more…)

Get to know your Tigers: Towson baseball player profile

March 1, 2010

Steven Rice is a senior at Towson University. Originally from Eldersburg, Md., Rice played ball at Century High School. According to the Towson athletics website, Rice is a third-year performer in the outfield who is returning to the roster after having to sit out all of last season due to a broken wrist.

Steve Rice #32 for the Towson Tigers.

He will be seen plenty on the field in the left and possibly right field, and also may be used at a designated hitter.

He is “a hard-worker who has shown tremendous improvement…smart player with plenty of potential and a good defensive outfielder with a strong arm. [He] is a good student who has been named to the CAA Commissioner’s List for the last three years.”

Q:What made you decide to play baseball at Towson?

A: I liked the way the program was run, the school was fairly close to home, I liked the academics part of the school and I received a scholarship.

Q:What other schools did you consider playing ball at?

A:UMBC, UNC Greensboro, Hartford, Limestone, and Marietta

Q: What position do you play as a Tiger, and was that the same you played in high school or other schools? How has that affected your game?

A:I play Left Field for Towson. I played Centerfield for my high school but I have played left field for various summer teams. It has just helped me to better my game but learning to perfect various positions.

Q:What is your best memory with the team?

A:The best memory with the team is going to the CAA Championship during my sophomore year, even though we did not win the game.
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Get to know your Tigers: Towson football player profile

February 23, 2010

Matthew Morgan is a sophomore at Towson University, where he plays football for the team. Originally from Horseheads, New York, Morgan talks about his experience in Tiger Town.

Q:What made you decide to play football at Towson?

A: I liked the direction that the program was heading in, the administration really seems to be behind the football program.I also really liked the school in the academic sense, as well as the environment. It’s a lot of fun here and it really fit every aspect of what I wanted in a school.

Q.What other schools did you consider playing ball at?

A.University of Maine, Fordham University, University at Albany.

Q:What position do you play as a Tiger, and was that the same you played in high school?

A. I came to Towson as a Tight end and moved over to defensive end during my freshman year. D end is a much better fit for me, I have much more potential there. I  played linebacker from 3rd grade up until the end of high school, and I played multiple positions on offense.

Q:What is your best memory with the team?

A: The whole transformation of our team and program under the leadership of our new coaching staff. Its been amazing. Hopefully the next great memory will be a national championship.

Q:Are there any specific pregame rituals you or your team do before a game to pump you up?

A: My only personal ritual is putting on my eyeblack in a certain way… The team ritual is usually a speech from Coach Ambrose and then a speech from a captain or senior; then we go out to the field to warm up.

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