New Terps basketball commitment
Well this one came out of nowhere.
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 DeaconSports.com, 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.