May 19, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - The first recruits in the four-year tenure of Loyola men's basketball head coach Jimmy Patsos were among 1,600 graduates of Loyola College during Commencement exercises held Saturday at First Mariner Arena in downtown Baltimore.
Highlighting the group from the men's basketball program were five former Greyhounds and a pair of four-year managers. Among the graduates were former players Josko Alujevic, who graduated from the College in 2006 and added a Masters of Business Administration on Saturday, and Shane James, who finished up the course work for his degree after completing his eligibility in 2007. Seniors who completed their playing careers this spring who participated in the ceremony were Michael Tuck, Hassan Fofana and Greg Manning along with managers P.J. Marshall and Tim Van Cisin.
For Fofana, he became the first of 12 children in his family to receive a college degree. Manning was the first recruit brought into the program by Patsos back in the summer of 2004 and the first to receive a diploma.
Seniors Gerald Brown and Omari Isreal, both of whom transferred into the program after two years each at Providence and Notre Dame, respectively, are scheduled to complete the course work toward their degrees during the summer.
For Loyola, which announced its five-person recruiting class last week, the season gets underway November 14, 2008, when it hosts Mount St. Mary's at Reitz Arena to kick off the anniversary of the 100th year of Loyola Basketball.