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SU Downsizes, Closes Baltimore Factory

The prep powerhouse that once produced Orange superstars Carmelo Anthony and Donte Greene has shut it’s doors forever.

Towson Catholic High School is now officially closed.

On a page full of things about friendship and academics, at least one former TC student had his priorities straight:

“This year was going to be a big year for us. We had hired a new coach, Reggie Williams, an all-star NBA player, and we would have had a good year.” – Niall Harrison, a rising junior.

Someone give this young man the recognition he deserves.

That’s the most important angle.

The Fizz tried to reach out to Jim Boeheim for comment, but his responses were inaudible through the crying and sobbing. His coaching staff will never get another prospect from this high school.

(Don’t worry, ’10 Orange commit C.J. Fair goes to inner-city Baltimore City College High.)

The biggest shame here is where will Greene and ‘Melo return to speak and tell kids to stay in school and keep playing basketball so Mike Hopkins will find them?

Forget the over $150,000 in lost tuition, it’s the basketball that’s most important here! And the kids from TC are sad they have no school to go back to… however The Fizz can be sure if our high school was closed back in the day, all hell might have broken loose.

Towson Catholic is nothing like DeMatha (Md.) Catholic (Adrian Dantley ’81, Danny Ferry ’85, Brian Westbrook ’97), or Rice (NY) (Edgar Sosa and Curtis Kelly ’06 and Kemba Walker ’08) in terms of high-caliber athlete production, but it’s still a significant loss of a recruiting pipeline.

Does this mean that not even the SU athletic department and Dr. Doom are immune from the recession?

And more importantly, does this mean a major recruiting pipeline hasFizzled Out?

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