Towson coach Pat Skerry confirmed Tuesday morning an ESPN.com report that starting point guard Jerome Hairston is no longer part of the men’s basketball program.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound sophomore was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team prior to the Tigers’ 75-60 win against UMBC on Nov. 26 and had not played since. Although he had averaged 5.0 points and 1.8 assists per game in five starts, Hairston will not return this season, Skerry said in a conference call organized by the Colonial Athletic Association.
“The team that’s played since the fifth game of the year is the team that we’ve got, and that’s it,” Skerry said. “We’ve kind of known that for a while. I’m excited about the group we have, and we know we’ve got a lot of basketball ahead of us.”
Sophomore shooting guard Four McGlynn replaced Hairston in the starting lineup and is averaging 10.1 points and leading Towson (9-6) in three-point shooting at 41.3 percent. Senior guard Mike Burwell and senior forward Jerrelle Benimon have picked up ball-handling duties, and Skerry said he is comfortable with the current players on the team.
“We felt like, coming into the year, we had a lot of pieces, and whether you lose a guy for whatever reason, it’s next man up,” he said. “The one thing we’ve tried to harp on is we need to do what we do. No one needs to do anything special, no one needs to change their game, and that’s something that we’ve harped on all along. We’re not going to change our game.
"I’ve been happy with Four McGlynn, who is playing really well, and the more we have him on the floor, the better we seem to play. So I expect him to continue to play well. And I think Mike Burwell does a lot of good things -- rebounding, passing it, timely shooting. So he’s playing like a senior is supposed to play.”