By Jeff Goodman
New Towson coach Pat Skerry was asked whether the cupboard was bare.
"We went out and bought a new cupboard," Skerry said. "Now we're in the process of stocking it."
Skerry has just one player on his team that logged a minute on the court last season.
He averaged a whopping 3.6 points per game last season.
Skerry has no false illusions. He understands that his team will likely struggle this season.
In fact, they'll be fortunate to surpass last season's win total.
The Tigers won a total of four games.
Leading scorer Isaiah Philmore transferred to Xavier shortly after Pat Kennedy was fired. Braxton Dupree opted to play pro and is in Israel. Rashawn Polk, who averaged 11.6 points last season, has been suspended and likely won't return to the team.
Josh Brown and Brian Morris both graduated - as did walk-on Danny Quinn.
That leaves Gumbs as the lone player who made his way into any box score a year ago that remains on the team.
Skerry will get senior Rob Nwankwo, who was ineligible last season after leading the CAA in rebounding and blocks as a junior, back in the fold.
He's also got four freshmen - wing Deon Jones, point guard Kris Walden, forward Jervon Pressley and guard Will Adams - in addition to junior college forward Marcus Damas.
Skerry is regarded as a relentless recruiter and that's where he's been able to make strides. The class he's assembled for next season - to go along with then-eligible transfers Jerrelle Benimon (Georgetown) and Mike Burwell (South Florida) - are reason for optimism.
"We've been extremely well-received on the recruiting trail," Skerry said. "With the new arena opening up, we've got a lot to sell - including playing time."
The Tigers have four commitments that are expected to sign in the early period: Combo guard Jerome Hairston, ranked in Rivals.com's Top 150; shooting guard Frank Mason; big man Barrington Alston and forward T.J. Parker.