BOSTON GLOBE: Twomey's recovery lifts AssumptionMarch 1, 2009
Boston Globe Northwest Sports Notebook
By John Vellante
March 1, 2009
Greg Twomey went to Assumption College as a highly touted recruit out of Groton-Dunstable. In four years there, his teams won 84 of 94 games. He scored a school record 1,712 points and was a two-time team MVP.
The general consenus was that Twomey, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound forward, would help propel Assumption back to Northeast-10 Conference prominence.
But his freshman season ended not long after it began. Two games in, he crumpled to the court with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. His 2004-05 line: two games, 18 minutes, and four points.
"I was very disappointed, probably more scared," said Twomey. "I had never been hurt that severely. I couldn't remember ever missing a game in high school because of injury. This was all new to me and it took some time for me to get used to the idea that I wouldn't be playing basketball my freshman season."
Fast forward to the current season.
Assumption has bounced back into the Northeast-10 Conference picture and the man behind the charge has been Twomey. Now playing as a postgraduate, Twomey has been a model of consistency since recovering. He has started 115 of 116 games while averaging 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. His 1,377 career points rank 18th on Assumption's all-time scoring list
"He has been like the building block, the cornerstone of this franchise," said coach Serge DeBari. "He started when the program was not doing that well and he has since seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. He has seen Assumption go from last place to the NCAAs. For him, it was on-the-job training. It's safe to say he is leaving the program in a lot better shape than how he found it. His work ethic is unparalleled and that's one of the reasons he has been so successful."
After Assumption struggled Twomey's first (7-20) and second (11-17) seasons, the Greyhounds went 24-11 a year ago before bowing to Bentley in the NCAA Division 2 regional final. That was one of the reasons Twomey returned for a postgrad year.
Assumption (19-9 overall, 15-7 NE-10) tapped off the conference playoffs with a quarterfinal matchup against visiting Pace yesterday afternoon.
"The success we had last year was one of the reasons I wanted to come back and play this year," he said. "It really wasn't a difficult decision to make. I wanted to be part of the success again. It's a little bit different not going to classes all day and then to practice, but I room with three of my teammates. I'm still very much involved with the entire program."
Twomey is enrolled in courses in human organizational behavior, marketing strategy development, and business ethics.
"When I came to Assumption, my goal was to help turn the program around," Twomey said. "My career got off to a rocky start, but I figured if I kept working hard, everything would work out."