Quick weekend wrap
On the heels of St. Benedict’s upset win over Oak Hill (Va.) on Thursday, the Newark, N.J. school’s two biggest stars have seen some significant developments in their recruitments.
According to Adam Zagoria of the Herald News, ’09 Terp target Greg Echenique’s play in the victory impressed Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski enough that he offered the Venezuelan native a scholarship. Here’s Zagoria’s take on Echenique and the Duke offer.
We think there's a strong chance Echenique ends up at Duke, although Miami, Maryland, Villanova, Penn, Rutgers and others are involved.
St. Benedict’s junior point guard Tamir Jackson scored 29 in the victory, and raised the awareness of numerous college coaches around the country in the process. No word on whether Maryland (who Jackson has expressed interest in previously) is among the newly interested.
Jackson, who holds offers from Alabama-Birmingham, Clemson, South Carolina, Miami and Virginia Tech, according to his father, chose the right night to have the performance of his life. Memphis coach John Calipari, Creighton coach Dana Altman, LSU coach John Brady and assistants from Louisville and Kentucky were all on hand.
Sean Mosley and Wayne Sparrow combined for 45 points as the Panthers (6-2) won the National Cancer Society Basketball Classic at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia.
• The weekend stats for 2009 Maryland women’s point guard commitment Dara Taylor: 15 points and 5 assists in a 54-46 loss for Caravel (Del.) Academy to Hodgson Vo-Tech on Friday; 8 points, 12 assists and 5 steals in a 61-44 win over Cape Henlopen on Saturday; 8 points, 7 assists and 5 steals in a 52-41 loss to St. Michael Academy of New York City yesterday.
• Dee Liles and her Gulf Coast (Fla.) Community College squad is in the midst of a 21-day layoff, but will return to action Dec. 29. Thus far, the 2008 Terps women’s commit has helped lead the Commodores to a 12-0 record and the No. 1 junior college ranking in the college. Liles is currently averaging 10 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.