After being indefinitely suspended by the school back in late-November, Towson sophomore point guard Jerome Hairston’s career is done just outside of Baltimore. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman first reported the news on Tuesday morning:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Towson sophomore guard Jerome Hairston's career is over with the Tigers, sources told ESPN. Has been suspended since late-November.</p>— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoodmanESPN/statuses/420558692329988096">January 7, 2014</a></blockquote>
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We have suspended Jerome for conduct detrimental to the team," head coach Pat Skerry said in a release in November. "The suspension is effective immediately and no other statements will be issued."
Hairston, a 6-foot-3 speedster, was expected to be a key contributor to a CAA pre-season top-ranked Tigers team after being named to the conferences’ All-Rookie team for 2012-13. Hairston averaged 9.9 points, 2.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds as a freshman but only played 5 games this season.
"The team that’s played now since the fifth game of the year is the team we’ve got and that’s it," Skerry said Tuesday in the CAA coach’s weekly teleconference. "We’ve know that for a while and I’m excited about the group we’ve had and we’ve got a lot of basketball ahead of us. That’s really all I’m going to say on the matter."
But officially, is Hairston’s career over at Towson?
"Yes," Skerry replied.
In Hairston’s absence, Skerry’s other backcourt members have rose to the occasion. Senior guards Marcus Damas, Rafriel Guthrie and Mike Burwell combined to average 31.7 points per game to compliment lead man Jerrelle Benimon during Towson’s non-conference slate. Skerry was especially impressed with red-shirt sophomore transfer Four McGlynn as Towson won a school-record 9 non-conference games.
"We felt like coming into the year that we had a lot of pieces and whether you lose a guy for whatever reason, it’s next man up," Skerry said. "I’ve been very happy with Four McGlynn, he’s certainly been playing very well and the more we have him on the floor the better we seem to play."
A transfer from Vermont and former America East Rookie of the Year, McGlynn has averaged 10.1 points per game this season and has stretched the floor tremendously by shooting 41.3 percent from three-point land.
Towson will begin CAA play when they host UNCW on Saturday, Jan. 11.