Mount St. Mary's standout freshman guard Miles Wilson announced his intention to transfer Monday night, becoming the fifth player to leave the Mountaineers program this offseason.
Sophomore guard Elijah Long, the first Mount player to be named first-team All-Northeast Conference in seven years, was granted his release last month and has attracted high-major attention, visiting Texas this past weekend.
Guard Randy Miller Jr., who played sparingly for the Mountaineers in his freshman season, also is headed out of Emmitsburg, reportedly transferring to Moberly Area Community College (Mo.).
Also leaving Emmitsburg are redshirt sophomore forward Mawdo Sallah and redshirt junior Charles Glover, although coach Jamion Christian said via text message both players will graduate first.
The exodus follows a season in which the Mount swept the NEC regular-season and tournament titles, won a First Four NCAA tournament game and hung with No. 1 seed Villanova for a half. Even more impressively, the team did so without a senior in its starting lineup, raising hopes for an even stronger 2017-18.
Then the "up-transfer" phenomenon struck at Mount St. Mary's. The Mount returns jet-quick guard Junior Robinson but must now replace Long (15 points per game), the team's top scorer and passer, and Wilson (11.8 ppg), its most promising freshman.
"The past year at Mount Saint Mary's has been special," Wilson wrote in a tweet announcing his transfer. "I want to thank Coach [Jamion] Christian and the Men's Basketball staff for their support and guidance this year, I truly appreciate it. I have made lifelong friendships and I wish my teammates the best, it was an honor to play along side you and make history this season."
McDaniel softball set for Centennial tourney
The top-seeded Green Terror (24-15-1, 14-1-1 Centennial Conference) will take on fourth-seeded Franklin & Marshall (14-20, 8-8) in Friday's first first-round game at 2 p.m. The double-elimination tournament's second game will be between No. 2 Washington (24-14, 13-3) and No. 3 seeded Gettysburg (24-11-1, 11-4-1), slated to begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game.
Saturday begins with an elimination game at 11 a.m. followed by the winners from Friday's games. Saturday's action will conclude with a second elimination game.
The tournament concludes on Sunday with the championship game at 12 p.m. and 30 minutes following, if necessary.
The tournament's champion will earn the Centennial's automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division III tournament, slated to begin on May 12. The NCAA field will be announced May 8.
McDaniel is seeking its fifth championship in its 12th tournament appearance. The Green Terror has seven Centennial titles overall, including winning the 2012 and 2015 crowns — the last two times the tournament was held in Westminster.
McDaniel swept its regular-season games with Franklin & Marshall, split with Washington, and won and tied with Gettysburg.
Seven of the regular players in McDaniel's lineup are hitting .284 or better. Payton Lewis leads the conference with a .475 batting average and .573 on-base percentage, adding 21 walks to her 48 base hits. She also has 21 RBIs.
Lindsey Miller and Tayler Hishon lead the way with 10 doubles each. Hishon also has a team-best four home runs and has driven in a team-high 26. Miller and Stacie Maring (South Carroll) have stolen 23 and 15 bases, respectively. Fiona Johnson and Jamie Weisser lead the pitching staff. Johnson is 10-3 with one save and a 2.08 ERA in 87 2/3 innings. Weisser is 9-2 with a 2.43 ERA in 80 2/3 innings.
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—Baltimore Sun writer Jonas Shaffer contritbued to this article