Towson Basketball: Tradition of No Swag

Amir Defino, Senior Editor

How big of a role does clothing play in life? Growing up, my parents would continuously nag me about dressing appropriately and looking presentable. As I progress through life, I see that clothing is not just pieces of cloth on your back – it is a representation of who you are and in some cases, can even improve your performance at school work, or sports.  

Unlike the programs at Perry Hall, Dulaney, and Woodlawn, Towson is not known as a basketball county powerhouse. 

But, there is talent here at Towson. Being a member of the program for the past four years, I know for a fact that there are student athletes here that can play basketball at the next level –  juniors like James Dugan, Ty’riq Wilson, and Derrick Shoats just to name a few. If a lack of talent is not the problem, then what is?  

In previous years, if you look at these county teams side by side, you can see the obvious gap in athletic-wear investment in the programs. For example, Perry Hall sports new Under Armour uniforms with bright white warm-up hoodies. I remember thinking, “Woah, they look good,” when first setting eyes on their brand-new gear. Dulaney walked into the Towson gym with their Under Armour sponsored clothing: new uniforms, warm-ups, and backpacks. Woodlawn always catches your eye with their team shoes, matching bright red Nike sneakers. 

Compared to those teams, Towson once looked like a rag tag team that assembled at a local park. The team has used bland, boring, and plain white and maroon uniforms for years.  

But this year is different. Assistant coach and Spanish teacher, Mr. Meyers, has been working endlessly to bring a new look and a new feel to the team. He shared the different ideas he had in line for the upcoming season. According to Meyers, “The players’ favorite thing about this year is the new black jerseys.” The black jerseys will be made by Under Armour and will have the players’ names on the back. The plan is to wear these uniforms on December 22nd for their game against Loch Raven at Goucher College. Ty’riq Wilson, junior, exclaimed, “Meyers is really stepping Towson’s swag up!” That newfound excitement is spreading throughout the team. 

His ideas are not limited to just uniforms, though. A clinic will be held on November 25th in order to raise money to buy new duffel bags, new warmups, and off court apparel. He is also in talks with our school’s band to provide some in-game music. He has also planned student events like white-out games and the black-out game against Loch Raven (the fans wear all black or all white). 

Come out and see some of the new gear on the basketball team and experience the fresh atmosphere for the basketball program.  

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The 2017 basketball Generals will be the essence of the age old saying, “Look good, feel good, feel good, play good.”