Weekly recruiting roundup
Maryland cornerback recruit Travis Hawkins won't arrive in College Park this month as originally planned.
The Quince Orchard standout intended to graduate high school early and enroll at Maryland this semester. But according to The Washington Post, Hawkins is shy of a qualifying SAT score. He’s still committed to the Terps, but he may visit other schools.
"He's really close, but at this point he can't take it again before you have to enroll," [Quince Orchard coach Dave] Mencarini said. "He is still committed to Maryland, that's what he has always said. He has said in the past to Ralph [Friedgen], 'If I don't graduate early, I still might take some other visits.'"
“Maryland is number one right now,” Nunez says. “I’ve been there a lot and I feet really comfortable with all the coaches and players already. There’s probably about an 80-90 percent chance I’ll go there.”
The Terps still lead solidly over Pittsburgh and Michigan State, who he is visiting on Jan. 9 and 17 respectively.
“If I get that feeling at Pittsburgh or Michigan State it could change things,” he said. “I want to compare them to Maryland and see how the other schools are. I need to see how they stack up and how I feel when I’m there.”
Hoboken grid standouts Isaac Holmes and Bernardo Nunez will both head to the University of Maryland in a package deal.
"I went to West Virginia, and I felt like I was part of the family. ... Besides, I thought I would play earlier at West Virginia. I did my homework, and West Virginia leads the Big East in Rhodes scholars. They graduate a lot of their players."
He also watched the Meineke Car Care Bowl between his top two choices, West Virginia and North Carolina. The Mountaineers won, 31-30.
"I did watch the game, but I pretty much had my mind made up by then. I wanted to see the different styles between the Big East and the ACC. I was glad that West Virginia came out on top," he said.
• Maryland and Miami are both in the running for offensive linemen Pete White (St. John’s D.C.) and Malcolm Bunche (Newark, Del.). According to the Miami Herald, the Hurricanes may hold an edge with Bunche.
UM has a good chance to land Plantation American Heritage tackle Jared Wheeler (leans toward Miami over Vanderbilt) and Newark, N.J. (sic)-based Malcolm Bunche. UM also is in contention for Washington-based Peter White (UM, Maryland and Tennessee are finalists), Cleveland-based Marcus Hall and Hargrave's Bobby Massie (the No. 1 prep school player).
• Good Counsel linebacker Jelani Jenkins, who was selected to MaxPreps.com’s All-American team this week, has scheduled an official visit for next weekend.
Good Counsel All-Met linebacker Jelani Jenkins, who played in the UnderArmour All-America game on Sunday night, plans to take his next official visit to Penn State on the weekend of Jan. 16-18. He visited Florida last month and does not have any other official visits scheduled, according to his father, Maurice.
• Maryland power forward commitment Jordan Williams had a monster week for Torrington (Conn.) High School, starting with Saturday’s 65-62 win over Wilby in which he had 43 points, 21 rebounds and eight blocks. Williams followed that performance by leading the Raiders to an 81-68 win over Naugatuck on Tuesday.
Six-foot-10 All-State center Jordan Williams (30 points, 21 rebounds, 6 blocks), who averages well over 30 points a game while dominating the middle on both ends of the court, had two fouls in the first quarter and a third by the half. He started the third period, but picked up a fourth foul with 4:45 left in the third, then sat on the bench until there was just 6:33 left in the game, fourth quarter.
• Terps power forward signee James Padgett, who’s battling an ankle injury, reached double figures in Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln’s 71-61 loss to Boys & Girls High earlier this week.
[Lincoln’s Lance] Stephenson, the nationally known college prospect, got his points – 37 of them and the Railsplitters’ first 12 – but the Kangaroos shut down everyone else. Only senior forward James Padgett finished with Stephenson in double figures, scoring 12.
Unfortunately, I have only played 3 of the 8 games this season. In practice after our win versus Holy Trinity, I came down and rolled my ankle really badly (I hope it's not "the curse of Ryan's blog").
The next morning i got MRI results stating that the ligaments in my ankle were torn. It was devestating news for me. But everything happens for a reason and what doesnt kill you makes you stronger. The doctor said I'll probably miss six to eight weeks.
• Terps junior shooting guard prospect Taran Buie scored 23 in a losing effort last Saturday and 17 in Bishop Maginn’s 77-38 win over Amsterdam (N.Y.) on Tuesday.
Will Regan scored 16 for Nichols (10-1, 2-0), while Connor Vandegriff added 14 points.
Taylor scored a game-high 21 points, but only two came in the fourth quarter as the Spartans used clutch free-throw shooting to pull away from the Buccaneers.
Essence Townsend, a 6-6 center, scored two points and added 12 rebounds and 10 blocks and sophomore guard Starr Breedlove helped with eight points, seven assists and four steals.
Top-ranked Riverdale Baptist and No. 12 Wise, along with Northwestern, Largo, C.H. Flowers and DuVal, took part in the three-day event at Flowers. Riverdale (10-2 through Monday) won the tournament, capturing the final by a decisive 24 points over No. 4 Forest Park of Prince William County. Sisters Tierra and Tianna Hawkins each averaged 14 points per game. Tierra, a 6-1 junior, also pulled down 12 rebounds in the finals, and Tianna, a 6-3 senior headed to Maryland, grabbed 16.
On Monday, Forest Park and Riverdale played again (a previously scheduled contest), and the host Crusaders again prevailed, 54-41, behind a powerhouse, 19-point, 16-rebound effort from Tianna Hawkins.