Local college notebook: Former Polytech hoop star Gray transfers from San Diego to Towson

Juwan Gray

Juwan Gray will be playing college basketball a little closer to home in the next few years.

About 3,000 miles closer.

The former Polytech All-Stater recently announced that he’s transferring from San Diego to Towson for the final two seasons of his career.

The 6-foot-8 forward, who will have to sit out next year, helped lead the Panthers to the DIAA state finals as a senior.

Gray had a good freshman season at San Deigo two years ago. He started 21 games that winter, averaging 7.2 points and 5.6 rebounds for the Toreros.

The Dover native scored in double figures 10 times, netting a season-high 16 points twice.

But Gray’s production dropped last year as a sophomore. While he did score a career-high 18 points, he reached double figures only three times, averaging 5.9 points and 3.3 rebounds.

With Towson a member of the Colonial Athletic Association with Delaware, Gray will get to play in the Carpenter Center a couple more times.

Hens get another transfer

Justyn Mutts

Delaware men’s basketball coach Martin Ingelsby is putting together an interesting roster.

It just may take a couple years before Blue Hen fans will get to see what it really looks like.

On Friday, UD announced that it has added Justyn Mutts, a 6-foot-7 transfer from High Point. He was the 2017 Press of Atlantic City Boys Basketball Player of the Year as a senior at St. Augustine (N.J.) Prep.

Mutts was named to the Big South Conference All-Freshman Team this past winter after averaging 6.0 points and 4.0 rebounds with 32 blocks in his first year at High Point. He’ll have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

But like the Hens’ other recent transfer addition, UAB shooting guard Nate Darling, Mutts won’t be able to play for UD until the 2019-20 season.

On the other hand, the Hens’ standout freshman class of Ryan Allen, Kevin Anderson and Chyree Walker could just be coming into their own as juniors that season. Mutts will presumably help fill the role of forward Eric Carter, who will be a senior this coming season.

“Justyn is a talented combo forward with great athleticism and a vastly improving skill set,” said Ingelsby. “The year off will help him continue to develop his overall game and we expect big things out of him in the 2019-20 season and beyond.”

Notes

• Caesar Rodney grad Rosa’Lynn Burton has been selected as a Top-25 finalist for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year award in softball.

A sophomore outfielder at Wilmington University, Burton led the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference with 80 hits, 49 runs, and 39 stolen bases. She also has six triples, 113 total bases, a .465 batting average, and a .518 on-base percentage.

• Former Caesar Rodney High/Delaware State softball coach Jeff Savage recently led South Georgia State to the Georgia College Athletic Association/Region 17 title. The Hawks (33-16) had to win four straight games after losing their tourney opener.

Savage, who is assisted by his daughter, Janice, and South Georgia go to St. George, Utah, for the NJCAA national tournament starting on May 17.

• The Wilmington U. baseball program tied a program record with nine All-Central Athletic Collegiate Conference honorees and two are from the Henlopen Conference.

Relief pitcher Justin Mears (Sussex Central) made first team while first baseman Kendall Small (Dover) was named to the second team. Mears leads the CACC with 10 saves and Small is batting .351 and is tops on the team with 61 hits.

• Milford grad Abraham Mow of the Slippery Rock baseball team was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. An infielder, Mow is batting .329 with a team-best 51 runs and 18 doubles. He also has 10 homers and 41 RBI.

• The Delaware Tech Community College softball program had three local products earn All-Region honors. Freshman Megan Fry (Milford) and sophomore Brooke Stoeckel (Sussex Central) were first-team honorees and freshman Madison McGee (Indian River) was named to the second team.

• Several members of the DelTech men’s lacrosse program also made All-Region. Jacob Copio (Caesar Rodney), who was named the Region XIX Offensive Player of the Year, Jacob Soroko (Smyrna), Hunter Melson (Smyrna) and Bodin Nichols were all named to the first team while Anthony Edwards was named Region XIX Coach of the Year.

Copio led the NJCAA with 57 goals, was fifth in points, and 15th in assists while Soroko was third nationally in assists with 39, and also added 25 goals to finish 10th in points. Melson had 51 groundballs. The Hawks (10-6) lost to Ocean County (N.J.) College, 10-9, in the Region XIX title game.

• Cape Henlopen grad Richard Carey, a freshman catcher on the Penn State-Altoona baseball team, was recently named to the D3baseball.com Team of the Week. In a 6-0 week, Carey hit .688 (11-for-16) with five runs scored, five RBI, two walks, one double, and one stolen base. He posted an on-base percentage of .684.

• Delaware had three women’s lacrosse players named to the IWLCA All-Region teams. Senior Taylor Carpentier and Becky Gohsler along with junior Chantae Simms each received Mid-Atlantic Region second-team accolades.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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