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October 21, 2008

Terps land Conn. power forward

Jordan Williams is coming to College Park.

The 6-foot-9, 245-pounder from Torrington, Conn., committed to the Terps yesterday.

Williams, a four-star prospect according to, told Zags Blog that academics played a big role in his decision.

“My decision was based mainly on the academics. I want to major in criminal justice and Maryland has the top criminal justice program in the country. If something were to happen where I would get hurt and couldn’t play basketball, then I would have something to fall back on.”

Williams joins Brooklyn, N.Y., forward James Padgett as part of Maryland's 2009 recruiting class.

Check back with Recruiting Report later this week for more on Williams' commitment.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 9:13 AM | | Comments (16)


Great news!!! Does this mean that we are done recruiting Kazemi? Also how do you see williams and padgett working together?

Any video on Jordan Williams? Can't find anything on him

This is great news. If the Terps can land Buie and Epps, with the addition of Mosley and Kim this year, the future is very bright for Maryland.

That's such great news...congrats to Gary and the staff after a tough year all summer.

Steve -- I believe they'll still recruit Kazemi, but I'm not sure how the scholarship situation would work itself out. I think Williams and Padgett compliment each other well. Padgett's an energetic guy who does the dirty work, while Williams can play with his back to the basket and defend the post.

Anonymous -- I haven't been able to find any free video of Williams.

I live in Watertown Ct. just a few miles south of Torrington. This kid is the real deal. Nice going Gary always like big men that can score.

amen yes yes yes

Thank you Leo Mangini.

This is great news, but what about Jin Soo Kim? Has he qualified to play this year?

Bouge -- Still no word on Kim. He's enrolled at UM, but hasn't been approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse yet.

Got ot the sports section and read about Jordan Williams.

I will be sending reports throughout the year.

Thanks again Leo Mangini. I see:

Looking forward to your reports this year, and to Jordan at Maryland the next.

I must say I track the Terps recruiting pretty hard, and to hear we got Williams is huge for okay we let Dante Taylor, Isaaigh Williams, Terrell Vinson, and Triston Spurlock get away (all ranked higher then Williams), but to wrap up this big man with Padgett shines some light on Md's recent recruiting woes. "

Anoymous said it best-"If the Terps can land Buie and Epps, with the addition of Mosley and Kim this year, the future is very bright for Maryland." Landing Buie and Epps will be the biggest additions, so we def got to get them, and hopefully Tobias Harris comes as well in 2010. Also, with recent recruits bailing out from their solid verbals, lets not get to excited until they sign that letter of intent, put on the red and white and walk out that tunnel for their first MD game! Go TERPS!

Also, not to call out Matt Bracken since I love his work....but Jordan Williams is a 3 star prospect according to and a 4 star prospect accoring to Links for proof:

They both seem like legit scouting sites, but seems to be the best and most shucks!

Ryan -- Good call. I mixed up Rivals and Scout. Thanks for the heads up. I made the fix.

No problem Matt, keep up the good work and go Terps!

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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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