HAWK TALK, Week of May 2-8
May 9, 2005
By Chevonne Mansfield
Track and field, the only team in action this past week, traveled to Virginia on May 7 to compete in the George Mason Spring Invitational while junior Tim Parham declared early for the NBA after a stellar year in men's basketball.
It has been 31 years since the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) has had a player drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA) but junior forward Tim Parham hopes that changes this season. Parham (6-9, 240lb., Chicago, Ill.) will test the waters this summer to see if he can get a look at playing for the pros.
"I wanted to get my name out there," said Parham. "It is not very often that someone from the [Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference] MEAC enters the draft. I wanted to hopefully get invited to some camps and see if I can get a look."
Parham will not hire an agent, thus retaining his final year of collegiate eligibility for the 2005-2006 season. That is as long as he withdraws his name by the 5:00 pm deadline on June 21, 2005. That is one week prior to draft day on June 28.
Parham had an outstanding year at UMES, leading the team in rebounding and standing second in scoring. He averaged 11.4 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game for the season but in the conference he averaged a double double with 13.2 points and ten rebounds, both led the team. In fact, Parham totaled a whopping 13 double doubles this season with highs of 28 points and 19 rebounds. Nationally, he was tied with the 50th ranked player in rebounding.
He was recently named the team's Most Improved and Most Valuable Player. He joins a class of other early entrants into the NBA draft that include Kelenna Azubuike of Kentucky, Andrew Bogut of Utah, Raymond Felton, Sean May and Rashad McCants all of North Carolina, Francisco Garcia of Louisville, Jarrett Jack of Georgia Tech, Kennedy Winston of Alabama, Deron Williams of Illinois and about 60 others from colleges and international leagues.
Parham, if drafted, will be the first Hawk drafted since 1974 when UMES had three players drafted. That year Rubin Collins went in the second round, number 18 to Portland, Talvin Skinner went in the third round, number eight to Seattle and William Gordon went in the fourth round, number eight, also to Seattle. In 1970 Jake Ford was drafted out of, then Maryland State, by the Sonics. The same year the San Francisco Warriors, who became Golden State, drafted Levi Fontaine. The first draftee of the Hawks was Ken McBride in 1954 by the Syracuse Nationals who became the Philadelphia 76ers in 1963.
The Washington Bullets drafted Joe Pace, of Coppin State College, in 1976. He played one season for UMES before transferring to the Eagles. The last player to be drafted out of the MEAC was Jerome James in 1998 from Florida A & M. James still plays for the Sonics today.
The UMES outdoor track and field team participated in the George Mason Invitational on Saturday, May 7 with several athletes coming away with solid results on the day.
Sophomore Dwayne Robinson broke the UMES record in the 110m hurdles for the second time this season. The Jamaica native took first in the preliminary round of the 110m hurdles in 13.90 to set a new personal and school record. Robinson later went on to finish 14.06 in the final round, good for second place honors, while Ronnie Beard took fifth in 14.58. Beard ran 14.24 in the 110m H preliminaries, the same time that qualified him for NCAA Regionals at Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships two weeks ago.
Beard participated in two other events, the 200m dash and the 400m hurdles. He finished eighth in the 200 (22.27) and fourth in the 400m (52.71). Justin Head followed him in the latter, taking fifth in 53.56.
Sophomore Kimani Kirton finished first among collegiate competitors in the men's shot put with a throw of 14.64 meters, while Bryan Ingram threw a season's best 11.81m to take fifth in the same event. Junior Christopher Morrison rounded out the field events for the Fighting Hawks as he finished tied for third in the high jump.
For the women, junior Shakira Robinson posted a personal best in the 100m dash with her time of 11.87, giving her a second place finish. Senior Chantelle Ringgold was fourth in the event (12.11). Ringgold also competed in the 200m, placing fourth in 24.69, while Robinson took fifth in 24.86.
The track and field team will be in action again on May 13-14, next traveling to Atlanta, Georgia to compete in the Georgia Tech Invite.
Upcoming Week (May 9 - May 15)
Track and field will close out their season on May 13-14 at the Georgia Tech Invitational before selected athletes head to NCAA Regional Competition on May 27-28.