Ten days after the launch of the Pat Skerry era at Towson University, rising sophomore Isaiah Philmore said Thursday he has asked for his release.
Philmore originally wanted to wait on Skerry's new staff and prospective recruits before making a decision, but after talking with his AAU coach, Duane Coverdale, he decided to transfer now.
"I was limiting my own options in scholarships and places I could transfer to if I waited any longer," said Philmore, a former All-Metro selection from John Carroll. "People in my circle said it was the best thing for me, not to drag it out."
Philmore, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 15.3 points — sixth in the Colonial Athletic Association — and 7.0 rebounds in a 4-26 season under Pat Kennedy. He is the second player to leave the program this month, following Braxton Dupree, who plans to play overseas.
"Him leaving made me lean towards not coming back because he's very talented," Philmore said of Dupree. "By losing him, we're losing a lot of talent."
Philmore said he hadn't started the transfer process, but he hopes the next stop will facilitate a career in the NBA.
"I definitely see myself going to the NBA," he said. "That's what I'm hoping for, that's my dream. I definitely want to go somewhere that will prepare me, make my chances better of getting to the NBA."
Skerry now has three scholarships to work with this recruiting season, and is still in the process of hiring his staff.
"I think he's a nice kid and obviously a talented player," Skerry said about Philmore after the two spoke on Thursday. "I'm more concerned about the guys in the program now. I've got to get guys who want to be here, who want to work."