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December 21, 2007

New Terps basketball commitment

Well this one came out of nowhere.

Both and are reporting that Maryland has added former Oklahoma and current Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College guard Bobby Maze to its 2008 recruiting class.

Maze, 6 feet 2, 180 pounds, has taken a circuitous rout to College Park. He starred at Suitland High School, playing AAU ball with Kevin Durant and North Carolina’s Tywon Lawson on the D.C. Devils.

After being named honorable mention All-Met by The Washington Post in 2004 during his senior year, Maze took his game to Patterson (N.C.) Prep to get his grades in order.

At Patterson, Maze began receiving some pretty lofty comparisons.

“Everyone’s been saying I look just like Allen Iverson,” said the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Patterson School (N.C.) guard. “We’re going to do a commercial together.”
Maze is joking about the commercial, but his game has been anything but humorous lately.

The haircut, headband and sleeve on his arm aren’t the only thing that Maze and Iverson have had in common lately. Maze, who averaged 26 points per game last season as a senior at Suitland High (Md.), has shown that he can get by defenders virtually at will and get to the basket.

After weighing offers from Oklahoma, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Kansas State and Seton Hall, according to, Maze chose the Sooners.

A broken foot sidelined Maze for the first seven games of his freshman season at Oklahoma, but he rebounded by averaging 5.6 points and 2.1 assists in 22 games for the Sooners.

After the conclusion of the 2006-07 season, however, Maze was released from the Oklahoma program, a move that was brought on by “practice habits and overall attitude,” according to the Tulsa (Okla.) World.

"Bobby and I met last week and we came to an agreement that he and our program will part ways," OU coach Jeff Capel said in a statement. "This decision is best for Bobby and for our team."

No more details were offered, and Maze could not be reached for comment. However, sources close to the program said that Maze's freshman season was marked by immaturity and poor decisions, and that pattern continued into the first weeks of OU's offseason.

Maze told TSR’s Jeff Ermann that he wasn’t dismissed from the Sooners. Rather, he and Capel “came to an understanding.”

After leaving Norman, Okla., Maze moved on to Hutchinson, Kan., where he’s currently averaging approximately 20 points and 7 assists per game for the traditional JuCo power.

Maze will have two years of eligibility remaining when he joins the Terps next fall.

Barring attrition, Maryland has now filled its scholarship allotment for the 2008-09 season. The Terps are currently using 12 of out 13 scholarships. UM will lose Bambale Osby and James Gist to graduation, but will add Sean Mosley, Gus Gilchrist and Maze to the mix, giving them 13 scholarship players.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 10:44 AM | | Comments (16)


I'm always excited to see new talent come to the Terps, but at what expense? Hopefully I'm wrong, but this kid sounds like Gilchrist all over again.

v is for vegemite sandwich!

We need a guard that can do the things that this kid can do and we need it in the worst way! Welcome aboard Bobby!

wow...this is great news. I cant wait to watch this kid and Grievis see who can dribble the ball more often, take more dumb shots, and further send this team into mediocrity. Wasn't Ater Majok a possibility for this class?

Ater Majok was a possibility...before he blew up and became a national recruit. Gary is unable...check that, unwililng to put in the work to recruit at an elite...check that, ACC level. He's a great coach, but these past years would have gotten him fired at any elite school. Maryland should've become an elite school after the championship - instead, we've slipped into medocrity.

No reason given our location, facilities, and history. Something has to change, and fast.

Relying on Juco's and decommits is a sign of trouble.

Gist and Osby may be lost to "graduation," but unfortunately, as all too often for the Terps, "graduation" may just mean "he used up all his eligibility." Or, "we have used him up, and are now spitting him out." I hope I'm wrong, though.
Anyhow, go Terps! I want to have more to cheer for this season than the opponents of teams I don't like, but thank you Pitt!

When is everyone going to realize we are behind the 8 Ball. Location is what hinders our recruiting, period. I remember where we were before Gary. Be careful what you wish 4, our best chance is 4 year players and the occasional JUCO. Clean up Maryland campus and things will change but that is not going to happen. We will struggle recruiting against better location and more appeasing schools.

Location? College Park itself is nice enough - the city is a hole, but the campus is nice. You can sell being close to the nation's capital.

The problem is Gary doesn't get involved. See Jeff Jones - now at UVA. We can't keep the local kids. Have never been able to mend the fences with the Baltimore kids. And we can't get in with the AAU's. I'd hate it too, but when you make 7 figures - you need to get it done. Gary ain't getting it done. Our recruiting is dismal. How does UCONN do it? Who would want to be up in Storrs? Syracuse - it's frickin' freezing 9 months a year. Durham sucks too. It's a shame, really.

It has been known that Gary does not like to recruit. He still brings in quality high school talent. It's just that the past few years the players haven't meshed. Don't forget, the year after MD won the Title Gary brought in a top 5 recruiting class with Gilcrhist, strawberry, Caner-Medley, and Ibekwe. Where did that lead us? Gary needs to get back to his recruiting where he can get a big guy who can score 16+ pts and 10 rebounds every night ala Lonny Baxter and kids who he can mold and blossom years down the line (Juan Dixon and Steve Blake).

It is going to take years for MD to rebound and compete in the area for top talent. Maybe its time for a new coach, maybe its not. But Gary needs to go back to what got MD great 5 years ago.

Why does GW seem to dislike players who can shoot? I seem to recall it's a pretty important skill in basketball. It's funny to look back now and see 'ol Jesakavicius (sp) make it to the NBA after shooting the lights out in Europe and the Olympics, but we couldn't seem to run a play for him here.

I have to believe at least some of these recruits over the years can shoot when we go after them - why else would we be going after them? (High school "defense" isn't a good marjer of talent.) But they get here and he seems to coach their ability right out of them, or scare it out of them with his predictable "inside" game.
It's like he got the national championship chip off his shoulder, and he was done. We've been sub-par ever since, and we're still sinking fast.

this kid can do it all over the court,terps are lucky

Bobby is a good player,md needs him he would be good for them next year,watch and see.

To many of the local high school kids in both football and basketball are getting away from MD! Why can't the coaches get it done, they are suppose to be great coaches but to me are very disappointing. Tell Gary to give up on the Seniors, and get the Freshman alot of playing time. The season is a loss, especially after losing to AU. If he is smart; remember his comment recently, I wish I would have gotten Milbourne more playing time last year. Well it's time to get the Freshman ready for next year. Unless you want to keep making the same mistakes...Gary.

OK, Maryland isn't ready to offer Gary Williams emeritus status. But if it were, there is a road back to achieving Lefty's dream of turning Maryland into the UCLA of the East. (Right now, MD can at best aspire to be the #2 program in the DC region.) The silver bullet: Name Len Elmore head coach. Not only was Elmore an al-american at Maryland, followed by 8 years in the NBA, he's hugely respected as a grad of Harvard law school, and for his knowledge of the game, which he exhibits as a color commentator on ESPN. And due to his broadcasting profile, he's a household name to any potential recruit worth pursuing. Elmore is also seven years younger than Gary. I don't know that he's interested but if I were MD, I'd be quietly but aggressively exploring this option. Elmore wouldn't be cheap but Gary is now in the million a year club, so Elmore shouldn't be unattainable. He would also do wonders for the wounded academic reputation of the MD basketball program.

You're kidding about Sarunas Jasikevicius. I was in the building for all of those games, where there wasn't an open shot he wouldn't trade for a more difficult one. Some guys do come around, but he would have been a wasted draft pick.

I think Len Elmore is a fantastic person, and he should hire Barry Gossett as his assistant coach. Because if you're gonna have nice people on the bench with zero coaching experience, you should have the best.

Also... remeber in that top 5 class was Mike Jones.... The second rated shooting gaurd in the nation behind King James! Canner-Medley was supposed to be the new coming of Jordan averaging over 30 a game in Maine! That is why were a top 5 class that year! Only if hind site was 20/20...

What ever happened to Terrance Smith coming here? I guess we have no more room even if he did want to come... This kidis the real deal and we need the inside presence... BAD!

WTF? you people are insane. how many of you have been any kind of player or coach at any level in any sport? what makes you think you know what it takes to do any of the many tasks required of a college coach? its always the goofy unathletic people who think they can coach better then a sure fire hall of famer. you all act like Maryland ended up becoming a .500 team after the championship. try another sweet sixteen, an improbable ACC tournament win (which Lefty also only did once), and never less then 19 wins. and to compare MD to UConn and Syracuse doesn't help your argument at all. The cuse are in the same struggle right now after their championship with Melo. you all act like championships are easy or a birthright. gary is a god in maryland history and you idiots have no right whatsoever to criticize anything he's doing. read some of the articles about the way you 'have' to recruit now in the washington post and then realize gary does play those games which should be respected not criticized. by the way everyone who hates on us because we didn't get beasley or durant or gay, why don't you look at the production of those guys over their 'long college careers.' durant made it to the second round of the tournament the same year the terps did it with DJ strawberry, so there are no gurantees these guys will be like melo and iwin a title. how much fun was it to watch a bunch of kids who were completely unknown as recruits come in and become a dominant team the right way. also, gary is considered by his piers (which are the opinions that matter) as one of the 2 or 3 best teaching coaches in the country. check Obina Ekeze, Lonny Baxter, Ryan Randle, Boom, etc. for bigs who have gone from unable to catch a pass to being solid to great performers. i'm glad i'm not as pitiful and negative as all you people. get over yourselves. why not try to enjoy the ride and think about how good greivis, landon, and the rest of their cast is going to be in a year or two because they'll all be seniors. oh by the way, we had one of the youngest teams in the nation this year. i'm tired of caring about what you hater fans think. we won a title this decade, which only 8 other coaches can claim so far.

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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