Four McGlynn reportedly to leave Towson basketball

Four McGlynn. Courtesy photo / Corey Johns

Almost as soon as Towson basketball’s season stopped – a 74-69 loss to Elon in the play-in game of the CAA tournament — world began to spread like wild fire that Tigers’ sharpshooter Four McGlynn was on the move.

As first reported by Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop, and subsequently confirmed by several sources and reporters around the basketball stratosphere (not to mention retweeted by the Twitter account associated with the York Ballers AAU program run by McGlynn’s father), McGlynn, a red-shirt junior, will graduate in the spring and ask for his release to transfer elsewhere as a grad student.

This will be the second time in three calendar years that the York, Pa. Native and the Tigers leading scorer over the past season at 12 points per game, has transferred out of a program.

As a true freshman, McGlynn filled the role of deadeye sniper and instant offense off the bench for America East tournament champion Vermont, averaging 12 points per game while hitting 38 percent of his 3-pointers and just under 90 percent of his free-throws, to help lead the Catamounts to the 2012 NCAA Tournament, and a “First Four” win over Lamar. Almost as soon as he returned home after the end of the school year, McGlynn stunned teammates by announcing he would transfer.

At the time of his release from Vermont, McGlynn cited homesickness and the distance away from his large, close family, and eventually committed to play for Pat Skerry at Towson.

After sitting out the 2012-2013 season due to the NCAA’s mandatory redshirt year for transfers, McGlynn came off the bench to average 9.2 points per game while hitting 40.8 percent of his 3-points and 91.3 percent of his free throws for a 25-11 squad that finished second in the CAA before advancing to the CIT tournament quarterfinals.

With the graduation of several impact upperclassmen, McGlynn was expected to shoulder more of a scoring load for the Tigers as a redshirt junior, and, despite moving between the starting lineup and the bench and back, paced the team at 12 points per game, while knocking down 37.4 percent of his 3-pointers and a career-best 91.7 percent from the charity stripe.

But the Tigers struggled and now, McGlynn, is apparently out the door.

Several analysts have already mentioned McGlynn as an attractive “one-and-done” graduate transfer (NCAA rules would allow him to play immediately as a graduate student), and his ability to fill it up from behind the arc would certainly make him a viable specialist for a school at a step up from the CAA level (maybe even more).

But the issue is whether that is a role that McGlynn would embrace. When McGlynn left Vermont, the murmur around the America East conference was that he was not happy about his playing time coming off the bench as a role player, and similar speculation followed him during much of his career at Towson.

As a one year transfer learning a new system, especially one with limited foot speed and run-and-jump athleticism, it’s hard to see McGlynn playing a larger role than a microwave player providing long range shooting off the bench.

If McGlynn is looking to go somewhere to win, and willing to embrace a supporting role, he’ll have a lot of choices. If he’s looking to go somewhere and be “the man”, he’s going to be left with very limited offers from lower-tier low-major programs.