Freshman guard Ed Tyson has discovered the perfect college setting to hone his basketball skills and hit the books for four years.
It's in the tiny Eastern Shore town of Princess Anne, home of the UMES Hawks of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, about 140 miles beyond the distractions of Baltimore and the thrills that a state 4A basketball championship produced for Tyson at Walbrook last season.
"I came here to study," Tyson said. "It's nice down here. There's not much here. But there's always the books. Always the books."
Tyson, 6 feet 2, has made a significant early impact with 17 points, including a big three-pointer in overtime last week in a 77-75 victory over North Carolina A&T; in his second MEAC appearance.
Tyson averaged 12.7 points in his first three league games and 10.8 points overall in the Hawks' first 13 games. He is second on the team in scoring and leads UMES (4-9, 1-2 in the league entering this week) in three-pointers with 14.
Tyson has twice been named MEAC Rookie of the Week.
"My coach [Larry Lessett] told me to shoot the ball," Tyson said. "If my point guard [freshman Jesse Brooks from Archbishop Spalding] gives me the ball, I'm going to shoot the ball."
The second-team All-Metro choice said there never was much doubt about where he was going to play in college because his high school coach, Kelvin Bridgers, and UMES assistant Meredith Smith are "real cool."
"They [UMES] wanted me from the jump," Tyson said.
Tyson and Brooks are two of three UMES starters from the Baltimore area, with Brooks leading the league in assists with 5.2 a game and averaging 6.4 points through the first 13 games. The third Baltimore starter is junior forward Antonio McMillion (Randallstown and Colby, Kan., Community College, who is third in scoring at 9.3 points a game and averaging four rebounds.
Richmond junior linebacker Adam Goloboski (Hereford) has been picked as a second-team Division I-AA All-America selection by the Sports Xchange, after finishing second in the Atlantic 10 and 11th in the nation with 10.9 tackles a game.
He had seven tackles for losses, three sacks, one interception, four passes broken up and two fumble recoveries to also earn first-team All-Atlantic 10 honors.
Sophomore Lauren Centrowitz (Broadneck) finished fourth for the Stanford cross country team that captured the 2005 NCAA women's championship. Centrowitz turned in a time of 20 minutes, 39.4 seconds over the 6,000-meter course, placing her 47th in the overall standings.
Lauren joins her father, Matt, as the only father-daughter combo to help their teams capture Division I cross country championships. Matt helped Oregon win a title.
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