St. Frances forward Terrell Vinson is apparently back on the market.
The 6-foot-6, 200-pounder signed a letter of intent to Loyola Marymount in November, but will reportedly ask for his release due to the recent resignation of Lions coach Bill Bayno. According to i95ballerz.com, the Terps are on Vinson's short list.
“Virginia Tech and South Florida” along with Providence are all possible suitors, plus “definitely Maryland” said [Vinson’s father James] Gilyard, with more to surely be evaluated. According to him, Terrell initially “liked the weather (Southern California provides), but now he’s at the point where he wants to go where he’s wanted and playing time will be available”.
• Maryland power forward signee Jordan Williams was stifled by the Holy Cross defense in Torrington (Conn.) High’s 73-66 loss on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-10 Williams, who has averaged 32 points per game this season, had just seven points at halftime and none in the third quarter before finishing with a season-low 13 points.
The reason was three-fold: Holy Cross' Ryan Kolb (game-high 23 points, seven rebounds), Kyle Murphy (20 points, 16 rebounds) and Trevor Platt (10 points, seven rebounds). When they weren't scoring on the offensive end, defensively they swarmed Williams from every angle, preventing the University of Maryland recruit from getting the ball down low.
..."We couldn't let Jordan Williams beat us," Murphy added. "I think this was the first time we kept him under 40 points.”
• Plainfield, N.J., point guard Isaiah Epps spoke with MyCentralJersey.com about his commitment to Pittsburgh early this week.
"I sat down with my family and all my AAU coaches," Epps said. "They were talking about what would be better for me, and said that in the Big East there are better guards. I wanted to try and play in that conference."
Epps chose the Panthers and head coach Jamie Dixon over Maryland, Rutgers and Seton Hall, saying that while he likes both the ACC and the Big East, he felt most at home at Pitt.
• Maryland and Pitt will apparently battle for another 2010 recruit, according to NBE Basketball Report.
The Panthers only had one opening for the 2010 class, but they will continue to pursue top prospects, especially 6′4″ wing Will Barton of Lake Clifton HS in Baltimore, MD.
• UM power forward target Will Regan reached a career milestone last week.
Will Regan scored 37 points to surpass 1,000 in his career as Nichols downed St. Francis, 83-71, in a Monsignor Martin Association basketball game Friday night. The junior center also had 19 rebounds as the Vikings moved to 11-1, 3-0. Nichols led, 47-46, at halftime.
• Maryland shooting guard target Taran Buie led Bishop Maginn to a blowout over Troy (N.Y.) on Tuesday.
Junior Taran Buie pumped in 18 points to lead Big 10 frontrunner Bishop Maginn to an 83-30 victory over Troy.
• Terps forward targets and Miller (Va.) School teammates Mychal Parker and Hippolyte Tsafack had big games for the Mavericks in a 58-54 loss to Blue Ridge this week.
But Miller (9-3, 1-1) got a big-time performance from Mychal Parker, who poured in a game-high 23 points to go along with seven rebounds and three steals. Hippolyte Tsafack also had a productive outing, contributing 12 points and pulling down a team-high 12 rebounds.
• Maryland women’s commitment Alyssa Thomas paced Central Dauphin in its 57-34 win over Trinity (Pa.) on Wednesday.
Broken by the talent of Alyssa Thomas, the touch of Karyn Purcell and the leadership of Gabby Singer, Trinity again played victim to girls' basketball rival Central Dauphin Wednesday night.
Thomas poured in a game-high 24 points and Purcell chipped in 13 for the Rams, who needed one memorable period to resolve this Commonwealth tussle.
• UM women’s combo guard recruit Natasha Cloud has played an integral role in helping Cardinal O’Hara (Pa.) to the No. 1 national ranking.
It is a talented, interchangeable group. All five starters are headed to Division I schools. Star senior center Stephanie Holzer, bound for Vanderbilt, once walked through O'Hara with a halo around her right leg, unable to walk up and down a court, let alone run. Natasha Cloud, the lone junior starter who verbally committed to Maryland last month, was once the starting quarterback of her grade-school football team. Danielle Callahan (La Salle) and Alicia Manning (Lafayette) each come from rich basketball bloodlines, and Alysha Womack (Monmouth) somehow manages to find time to breathe in between juggling three varsity sports.
• According to the Boston Herald, Everett, Mass., cornerback and Boston College recruit Jim Noel is looking at other schools thanks to the coaching change at BC.
One local player who had committed to BC, Everett defensive back Jim Noel, now has scheduled visits to Penn State and Maryland. Everett coach John DiBiaso said yesterday that Noel, who was recruited by Spaziani and defensive line coach Jeff Comissiong, would look positively at a Spaziani hire.
“He’s just waiting to see what happens with the coaching situation,” DiBiaso said. “He’s got a good relationship with the current staff. They’re the ones who recruited him and he’s comfortable with them. I don’t know how he’s going to decide though. Right now it’s up in the air.”
• According to Gainesville.com, Quince Orchard cornerback and Maryland commitment Travis Hawkins is scheduled to visit Florida this weekend.
These next two weeks will be huge for UF, as some of the top talent is expected on campus. The Jan. 16 weekend lineup currently stands at Reid, Gadsden, Ala., Gadsden City cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama running back pledge Trent Richardson, of Pensacola, Tampa Plant tight end Orson Charles, Irvington, N.J., athlete Joshua Evans, Gaithersburg, Md., Quince Orchard defensive back Travis Hawkins, Columbus, Ga., Carver linebacker Jarvis Jones, Miami, Gulliver Prep linebacker/safety Frankie Telfort and Fort Pierce, Westwood defensive tackle Luther Robinson.
• Maryland cornerback commitment Avery Graham had a strong showing at last week’s Montgomery Invitational track meet.
... Clarksburg's two-time 2A shot put state champion, Avery Graham, an All-Gazette first-team linebacker, placed sixth (50-0.25).
... Graham continued his strong performance by taking second in the 55-meter dash, clocking a time of 6.35 seconds. He finished less than one-hundredth of a second behind Damien Thigpin of Stonewall Jackson (Va.).
• Two prospects with Maryland offers committed to Virginia in the past week. Brooklyn, N.Y., offensive lineman Oday Aboushi pledged to the Cavaliers one week ago, while DeMatha defensive end Jeremiah Mathis verbally committed on Sunday.
Mathis said he also had scholarship offers from Maryland, Kansas State, Wake Forest, Clemson, N.C. State, New Mexico, Syracuse and Liberty. He arrived at Virginia with his parents for an official visit Friday and committed before heading home to Bowie, Md., Sunday.
“UVa was the perfect fit,” Mathis said. “It just made sense. UVa’s not just building football players, they’re building young men in their program.”
• Gwynn Park defensive tackle Raynard Randolph committed to N.C. State earlier this week.
Randolph was offered scholarships by 13 schools, among them Penn State, Tennessee, Maryland, West Virginia, Michigan State, Syracuse, Illinois, Louisville and Connecticut. He said that he was glad to have his decision made so he can return to a normal life.
"It was crazy," Randolph said. "When I went to N.C. State I kind of had the pressure relieved off me. It felt like the right choice. I'm glad I can stay close to home."
• Terps defensive linemen targets and Hoboken (N.J.) High teammates Bernardo Nunez and Isaac Holmes both made official visits to Pittsburgh last weekend. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Holmes will choose between Maryland, Pitt and Florida, while Nunez is considering Maryland, Pitt and Michigan State.
• Former Sun reporter and current ESPN.com blogger Heather Dinich took a look this week at Maryland’s recruiting needs.
The Terps' main focus was to stock up on linebackers, especially with the departure of Rick Costa, Moise Fokou and Dave Philistin. Maryland will have to replace three seniors on its offensive line, and that was the staff's second priority. The Terps are still shopping in that department, but have a good start with three commitments in Pete DeSouza (Hyattsville, Md.), Bennett Fulper (Gretna, Va.) and Ryan Schlieper (Wexford, Pa.).