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January 11, 2009

Terps lose out on point guard prospect

Plainfield, N.J., point guard Isaiah Epps won’t play his college basketball in College Park.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pound junior announced his commitment to Pittsburgh today. Epps chose the Panthers over offers from Maryland, Rutgers and Seton Hall, among others.

Epps, Rivals.com’s No. 8 point guard recruit for the class of 2010, told SNY.tv’s Adam Zagoria that his relationship with Panthers assistant Brandin Knight, who played for the same AAU program as Epps several years ago, helped give Pitt the edge over UM.

Maryland was also a strong possibility for Epps, who visited the ACC campus with his friend Taran Buie of Albany (NY) Bishop Maginn.

“I was thinking about going to Maryland but like I said I felt more at home at Pitt and the relationship with Brandin Knight and him playing with the Playaz,” Epps said.

Click here to read Zagoria’s story.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 9:50 PM | | Comments (16)
        

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Typical. Very Upsetting. Great Gary. Another loss to Pitt. Syracuse will get 1. Then we get scraps.

I don't know what the problem is but what could be more attractive then offering a potential recruit a starting spot on an ACC Div I school before he gets to the college unless there is something he didn't like. Pitt has now aquired two top recruits from MD which would lead me to believe that something on the recruiting front is not getting done. Epps could also change his mind, he did say at one time that he would make a decision in the spring but between now and a month ago Maryland was his favorite what went wrong? It is safe to say that Pitt, the Orangemen, Hoyas has done a better job of recruiting then MD but in my mind its only going to get worse until you put up another championship banner and that won't happen no time soon. Gary williams has done a great job bring MD back from the dead but he does not recruit well at all. Trust me I am not a Gary hater but the fact is that we need talent yesterday and if we can't secure recruits that we a going after at least some top tier talent then like it or not that sends a message to other kids on the board. One thing positive about this is that Taran Buie could still be a nice addition and this is MD recruit to lose.

As Gary often says, every time you lose one guy, the door opens up on another. Hang in there, Terps!

It is all about AAU ..you have to play the game or get played...Gary is getting played

Just like Illinois in Football, Pitt, SYR et al think and KNOW they can come in here and recruit the best. Why?? Let Gary and that rediculous bench of "coaches" answer that for you. You see PIT and/or SYR recruiting in the Carolinas??? They would get their ARSES beat. Not here in the 3rd world.

Pitiful.

I dont know if this is the place to put this is the blogosphere but I am extremely turned off by our recruiting efforts. I dont get how we lose so many people to other schools. I don't get it. Are our coaches that much of dinosaurs that we cant adjust to the new recruit. Or is it that we aren't engaged in the pay to play scheme. Could it be that our admissions is too high for incoming athletes.

I don't know but I do know that Maryland has a lot of work to do. Think about it. We haven't had a big time player come to Maryland since 2003. I could be wrong but this is football and basketball.

Should i just not care and let it go? I don't get it.

I am fairly certain that Syracuse recruited Mosely and MD got him. You can't get every recruit you go after. There are a lot more schools losing recruits than schools getting recruits.

to the people talking about Pitt and Syracuse "coming in here" to take recruits...the kid is from NJ, not baltimore or washington. everybody wants to claim Gary doesn't get the local kids...take a look at the roster. Every player on the roster either played high school locally or has a local connection. I was under the impression Epps was a lock, as I recall his name being a target at least a yr ago, if not more. Sure its disappointing....he and Buie, assuming he committs, would have made a nice backcourt, but you move on and find another PG

Pitt is ranked #1 in the country and Maryland fans boo their own players at home. What's to figure out?

Let's just look at what's goin' on right now with Pitt basketball. They're the #1 team in the nation. When things are going well people wanna jump on the bandwagon. Until we as a team can maintain a presence in the polls, we're gonna lose out to teams that are performing well on the court and being recognized for it.

When you have a coach screaming in your face that you are a 'F$*&^%'g Ahole', do you really need that from a guy who has coached at Maryland for 20 years but who's players have a grand total of 1 NBA All-Star appearance?

Apparently not

Stop defending MD recruiting. We miss all the top talent locally in basketball and football. No offense to any of the guys on the team but they are marginal role players at best, none of the big guns from Baltimore go to MD

I Love Maryland, but it's time for Gary to move on. Maryland is getting to the point where hs players are bored with the way UM go after them. I not saying kiss their butts, but at lease look at it.

Amen Ryan for your remark "What's to figure out?" Our fans (classmates & fickle Terp Club members) boo the team on their home court. And this game was sparsely attended too. Why would any prospective recruits subject themeselves to this lack of support? Just remember recruits take trips to home games to get a feel for what it would be like to attend U of MD and play for the Terps. Having been to an Illini home football game, it was a far superior experience (at Memorial Stadium) to Byrd Stadium. Likewise, the atmosphere at Verizon Center for a Georgetown game is more electric than Comcast. I didn't hear Hoya fans boo when Pitt beat them convincingly a week or so ago. As a Terp fan/alum nothing pains me more than fair weather fans. And Rickterp, you should not let it go. The fact that you are posting says you still care. Keep the faith my fellow Terp fans and continue to support, not boo, our Maryland teams.

The Illinois connection to Maryland/DC is now official over now the Locksley has left Ilinois. And by the way, Maryland football recruits FAR better than the basketball team....that will only change when Maryland gets a new bball coach...watch Maryland basketball recruiting jump through the roof once Gary leaves...WATCH!! and maryland IS NOT a basketball school anymore...that time has past.

Let's hope the Terps get their recruiting issues ironed out soon. They need to focus not just on next year but get guys from 2012 excited about the Terps. I recall when Maravich was coach at LSU, he had people putting up LSU colors for basketball nets all over the place. Simple, but plants a seed. Of course, Gary might not be here in 2012 at the rate the Terps are going.

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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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