Graduation hit the men's basketball team at Bowie State University hard, but the Bulldogs have recruited some local talent to fill the void.
Bowie State coach Darrell Brooks said Henry A. Wise High School graduate David Golladay and Oxon Hill grad Ray Gatling will join the team this winter after stints at junior colleges. Golladay averaged 15.9 points per game at Prince George's Community College last season. Gatling spent the last two seasons at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach, Fla., where he averaged 6.4 points per game in 33 games. As a senior at Oxon Hill in 2009-10, Gatling was the leading scorer in Prince George's County (25.2 ppg) and had eight games of 30 points or more.
The Prince George's pair will join a team that needs to replace both of its starting guards, Largo grad Darren Clark and Bishop McNamara grad Jay Gavin, who were lost to graduation. Brooks compared Gatling to Clark, saying the Oxon Hill grad is “a point guard who can really score.”
“Our league is really a guard league,” Brooks said. “We've had good guards who've had success the past three years and we want to continue that.”
But the backcourt isn't the only hole in the lineup. Travis Hyman, a 7-foot center who averaged 10.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, also played his last game as a Bulldog this past season. He will be difficult to replace.
“We didn't find any 7-footers floating around out there,” Brooks said with a laugh.
Joining the Bulldogs will be 6-8 forward Carlos Smith, who averaged 15.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last season at Baltimore City Community College, which went 25-12 and took sixth place at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Tournament. Jimmy Hamilton, a 6-5 sophomore wing, is transferring to Bowie State after spending his freshman year as a reserve at Division I Morgan State University. Hamilton played for Milford Mill's back-to-back Maryland 3A championship teams in 2010 and 2011.
The Bulldogs also have signed Justin Beck, a 6-3 guard who averaged 14.3 points per game last season as a senior at Calvert Hall in Baltimore.
PGCC comings and goings
In addition to Golladay, PGCC coach Xavier Joyner said several other members of the 2011-12 team are moving on to four-year colleges. Dumone Leatherwood, a 6-8 forward who attended Jericho Christian in Landover, is headed to Cameron University in Oklahoma. Leatherwood averaged 8.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game last season. Charles H. Flowers graduate Christian Hurrington (7.9 points, 8 rebounds per game) is headed to Nyack College in New York.
Laurel High grad Corey Wood (5.9 ppg, 4.4 assists per game) is headed to Husson University in Maine. Wise graduate Josiah Woodruff, PGCC's leading scorer last season (17.6 ppg) is choosing between Midwestern State (Texas), Missouri-St. Louis and Elizabeth City State.
Meanwhile, Joyner has been busy reloading the Owls' roster. PGCC was 22-10 last season and fell one win short of a berth in the NJCAA Division III National Tournament.
“On paper, we might be the best Prince George's team in the history of the college,” Joyner said.
Among the new recruits is 6-9 center David Duncan, an Anacostia (D.C.) graduate who played one junior college season in 2010-11 at Lamar State College-Port Arthur in Texas.
“He runs the floor very well, he's a banger. He'll be a mid-major Division I recruit,” Joyner said of Duncan.
Other new additions include Robert Flint (Gwynn Park), Tyler Logan (Flowers), Will Johnson (Surrattsville), Lamont Short (Friendly) and Yannick Obame, a 6-9 Riverdale resident who Joyner said recently moved to the U.S. from Africa.
Flint was Gwynn Park's point guard as the team went 19-6 last season. Logan, a 6-2 guard, played in all 26 games and made one start for Frostburg State last season. Johnson was a freshman guard at Coppin State last season, but did not see any action. As a senior at Surrattsville, he averaged 9.4 points and 3.6 assists per game.
Prime time for Bowie State football
The Bowie State football team will play the second game of its 2012 season on national television at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C.
The Thursday night kickoff is set for 8 p.m. on Sept. 6 and will be carried on CBS Sports Network as part of a package of NCAA Division II football and basketball games the cable channel will air in 2012-13. CBS Sports Network is available on Verizon FiOS TV (channel 94), Comcast (channel 175 standard definition or 823 high definition), DirecTV (channel 613) and Dish Network (channel 158).
Bowie State's season opener is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sept. 1, at home against Assumption College.