Proctor leaves Coppin State


Darryl Proctor, a second-team All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference choice last season, has left Coppin State's basketball team and will transfer to UMBC for the fall semester.

Proctor, who averaged 13.5 points (second on the team) and a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game for the Eagles, will be required to sit out the 2006-07 season under NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining after that.

A 6-foot-4, 230-pound forward from District Heights, Proctor was the MEAC Rookie of the Year while playing for Coppin in 2004-05, averaging 13.7 points and 6.9 rebounds. It was the second straight offseason in which key Coppin players have transferred. After the 2004-05 season, forward Nicholas King and guard Raheem Scott, both all-MEAC picks, left the program.

"According to what he wants, it's just reality," said Coppin coach Fang Mitchell of Proctor. "It's a situation maybe I didn't want, but it's happened. If he wants to go, it's best left alone and let him go."

Proctor declined to comment.

Mitchell pointed out that after King and Scott left, the Eagles were picked to finish sixth in the MEAC and finished second.

Two other transfers to UMBC, both from James Madison, will also be able to practice with the team, but not play next season. Guard Ray Barbosa and forward Cavell Johnson each have one year of eligibility remaining.

Johnson averaged 13.4 points and 7.9 rebounds through seven games with the Dukes when he was suspended for the rest of the season for a violation of team rules. Barbosa was on the Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie team in 2003-04, and averaged 14.9 points as a sophomore and 9.8 last season as a part-time starter.

Barbosa is one of only seven players in James Madison history to score more than 1,000 points in three seasons.

UMBC has also signed a second-team Class AAA all-star pick from Pennsylvania, incoming freshman forward Justin Fry.

Loyola -- Freddie Stanback, Loyola's leading rebounder during the 2004-05 season, will not return to the team for the fall, he said yesterday. The 6-5 forward from Lanham said that he told Greyhounds coach Jimmy Patsos earlier this week, citing a 2005-06 season in which "things didn't go right in my sophomore year. I'm just looking for a better start at another school." As a freshman, he averaged 9.6 points and 5.1 rebounds, but his playing time decreased from 30.4 minutes a game in 2004-05 to 17.4 in 2005-06. In addition to losing Stanback, Patsos' first recruit when he came to Loyola in 2004, the Greyhounds also lost another member of the coach's first recruiting class, forward Brad Farrell, who left the team for personal reasons. Farrell averaged 8.1 points and four rebounds as a freshman, but his playing time also declined as a sophomore. "I didn't want either of them to leave," Patsos said. "We'll miss both of them, both on and off the court."

Sun reporter Christian Ewell contributed to this article.

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