Weekly basketball recruiting roundup
While former Maryland recruit Gus Gilchrist awaits an NCAA ruling on his eligibility status for the upcoming season at South Florida, his longtime trainer/advisor Terrelle Woody is getting started on a new job at the Tampa university.
According to the Tampa Tribune, USF hired Woody this week as the men’s basketball team’s video and conditioning assistant.
Woody, who does not have a college degree, will be paid $30,000 and will not receive benefits from the school, USF coach Stan Heath said.
His job duties include recording games of upcoming opponents, making sure the televisions in the coaches' offices are connected to DirectTV and assisting a certified strength and conditioning coach with the players.
“Right now the schools that are still in it are West Virginia, Pitt, Maryland, South Carolina, Providence and St. John’s,” the 6-foot-8, 220-pound Padgett said by phone.
Padgett has already visited St. John’s unofficially and said he will visit South Carolina, Maryland, West Virginia and Pitt unofficially next week.
• Dix Hills, N.Y., power forward Tobias Harris continued his college tour this week with a stop in College Park. Harris’ father, Torrel, said his son “came away very impressed with Coach [Gary] Williams,” and was particularly moved by a speech on campus by Len Bias’ mother, Lonise.
“Mrs. Bias touched on several important issues that are important to young people,” Torrel said. “Len’s mother talked about being a leader in this world and knowing who you are as a person. She also said friends are important in anyone’s life. She also said it’s important knowing yourself as a person as opposed to trying to please your so called friends.”
• Rivals.com updated its class of 2010 prospect rankings this week, and numerous Terps targets cracked the top 150. Walbrook small forward Roscoe Smith (11), Plainfield, N.J., point guard Isiah Epps (40), Albany, N.Y., guard Taran Buie (53) and Calvert Hall power forward Jonathan Graham (77) are just a few UM prospects on the list.