Troy Franklin no longer a Tiger
Junior guard Troy Franklin announced that he is no longer a part of the Towson basketball program and plans on transferring schools by spring semester.
In his eight games this season, Franklin led the team in minutes played, averaging 35 a game. He scored 12.6 points per game, making him the Tigers’ fourth highest scorer. The Mount Carmel grad also averaged 4.6 assists and led the team in steals, averaging 1.9 per contest.
Franklin was, however, the team leader in turnovers. He coughed the ball up, on average, 3.6 times a game.
Towson head coach Pat Kennedy said even though Franklin is a talented player, not all situations pan out and it is time to move on.
“They’re probably 70, 80 kids that are transferring mid-semester, and those things happen and sometimes it just doesn’t work out,” Kennedy said. “[The team] handled it very well. They all like Troy an awful lot and all the guys wish him the very, very best. We’re going to move forward and Troy’s going to move forward.”
To step up in Franklin’s place, Kennedy has called on freshman guard Dre Conner, a four year varsity player at Blanche Ely High School in Florida.
Conner started the past two games against Princeton and Hampton, and in those games he played 77 of a possible 80 minutes. He scored 15 points and dished out four assists in 37 minutes against Hampton. He played all 40 minutes and tallied 10 points and only committed one turnover when the Tigers hosted Princeton on Dec. 22.
“Obviously losing Troy really hurts our depth,” Kennedy said. “The last two games we’ve had to play [Conner] almost the entire game, and he’s gotten to the foul line almost 20 times and shot close to 90 percent from the foul line. He’s doing a great job of taking care of the ball and he’s doing a very good job of handling everything offensively and defensively.”
At the start of the season, Kennedy said he was intrigued by the freshman’s on-court intelligence.
“If you look at his background he has always been a winner,” Kennedy said. “Some guys just have natural basketball IQ, and that’s what he has.”
As Tigers move forward in their schedule and look to make a run in the Colonial Athletic Association, Kennedy said they need to get consistent play out of their veteran guards. Senior Josh Brown, who is averaging 6.5 points a game, will look to lead the way.