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Towson basketball standouts Zane Martin, Justin Gorham (Calvert Hall) to transfer

Towson men’s basketball sophomore standouts Zane Martin and Justin Gorham (Calvert Hall) have received their release from the school and will transfer.

Martin, who declared for the NBA draft last month without hiring an agent, led the team in scoring and was the lone Tiger to earn All-Colonial Athletic Association honors last season. Gorham, a Baltimore native, started just nine games but finished third on the team in scoring and led Towson in rebounding.

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A team spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Martin and Gorham both indicated on Twitter that they are leaving. Both will have two years of eligibility remaining and likely will have to sit out a year under NCAA transfer rules.

Maryland is among the high-major schools reportedly interested in Martin, who more than tripled his freshman-year scoring average (19.8 points per game) last season. A strong, athletic, 6-foot-4 combo guard, he started all 31 Tigers games and had 18 20-plus-point performances in 2017-18. Martin finished first or tied for first on the team in scoring, field-goal attempts (15.4 per game), assists (2.7 per game), turnovers (2.4 per game), and made and attempted free throws.

The 6-7, 230-pound Gorham started the final nine games of the season and was fifth on Towson in minutes per game, nearly averaging double-figure scoring (9.6 points per game). He ranked sixth in the CAA in offensive rebounds (2.3 per game), 10th in rebounding (6.6 per game) and 11th in defensive rebounds (4.4 per game).

In an interview last month, Towson coach Pat Skerry had expressed optimism about next season, even with the Tigers’ disappointing 2018. He hoped Martin, refined by feedback from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee and hardened by the Tigers’ season-ending four-game losing streak, would lead a strong junior class and usher in a talented five-man recruiting haul headlined by top-300 recruit Solomon Uyaelunmo.

Now the Tigers face an overhaul of an offseason. With the graduation of senior guards Mike Morsell, Eddie Keith II and Brian Starr, the Tigers' most experienced returning players are starting forward Alex Thomas and reserve guard Jordan McNeil (Mount Saint Joseph), who averaged a combined 7.6 points and 33 minutes per game last season.

ESPN first reported the transfers Monday morning.

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