Crafton, Voyles hope to reopen local hoops connection at Maryland Eastern Shore
PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Over the past few years, the losses for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball program haven’t been on the court, but off the court as well.
With community displeasure growing over the lack of interest from the school in the top local high school players, new head coach Jason Crafton is looking to change that narrative. Over the past decade, only five players who starred on the local stage suited up for the Hawks, while the likes of Keve Aluma (Wofford/Virginia Tech), Kory Holden(Delaware/South Carolina/South Alabama), Manny Camper (Siena), and Jordan Duffy (San Jacinto/North Texas) have gone elsewhere.
Just over a month into his tenure, Crafton has kept his word, bringing home former Stephen Decatur star Kevon Voyles, who committed to the Hawks on June 9th. Voyles had committed to The Shore out of Decatur, but elected for a prep year after the firing of former head coach Bobby Collins.
Now, the former Bayside player of the year is hoping to reopen that successful athletic connection between the University and surrounding high schools.