Loyola University men’s basketball coach Jimmy Patsos’ decision to leave the Baltimore school to take the same position at Siena College has forced several local high school standouts to rethink their college futures.
The two local players who have signed for the Class of 2013, Oakland Mills forward Lavon Long and North Point point guard Marquis Wright, were taking different approaches to the news on Wednesday. Long said in a phone interview that he’d already been granted his freedom to seek an opportunity elsewhere, while Wright continues to watch the situation, according to his father.
Long, the Howard County Player of the Year, signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Greyhounds during the early signing period in November, but he confirmed on Wednesday that the school has granted him a full release from that agreement without any restrictions.
The 6-foot-7 forward said he’d not talked with Patsos directly but added that his mother, Lisa, has maintained contact with the former University of Maryland assistant in recent days.