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February 16, 2009

Weekend wrap -- Born Ready breaks record

Lance Stephenson made history last night.

The five-star shooting guard and Maryland target led Lincoln High to the Brooklyn Borough championship, breaking the New York state scoring record in the process.

When the 6-foot-5 Stephenson scored a layup off the opening tap, it gave him 2,786 points for his career, breaking the old record set by former Lincoln star Sebastian Telfair, now with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Stephenson tallied 24 points and 11 rebounds and now has 2,808 career points. He averaged 40 points in the three Borough games, including a 50-point outburst against FDR.

Stephenson’s teammate, Maryland-bound power forward James Padgett, added 18 points and 16 rebounds.

The Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens watched some of Lincoln’s Friday-night game against St. Patrick’s on ESPN2, and offered a brief scouting report on Padgett.

It's difficult to try to translate 32 minutes worth of work into how a player might fit into a college team. But Padgett was particularly rugged on the offensive glass, so there's certainly some encouragement to be taken from his performance --- especially since that's something Maryland could use at this stage.

• Terps power forward signee Jordan Williams powered Torrington (Conn.) to a 61-54 win over Kennedy on Friday.

Jordan Williams scored a game-high 37 points, grabbed 20 rebonds and tallied five blocks to pace the Raiders. The senior center was 16-for-20 from the field for the game. Desmond Williams added 10 points and five assists while Richie Moran added four points and 5 assists.

• UM junior shooting guard target Taran Buie reached a career milestone for Bishop Maginn (N.Y.) on Friday.

Taran Buie went over the 1,000-point mark for his career to pace Bishop Maginn to an easy 100-64 Big 10 win over La Salle.

Buie finished with 21 points and now has 1,002. The Griffins also got 23 points from Jerel Scott.

• UM junior power forward target Tobias Harris had a big game for Long Island (N.Y.) Lutheran last night.

Tobias Harris had 31 points and 14 rebounds to lead Long Island Lutheran (14-8) in a 72-45 non-league win over St. Anthony's.

• Maryland junior power forward target Will Regan led the Nichols School to a 67-50 win over O’Hara (N.Y.) on Friday.

Will Regan scored a game-high 22 points to help the Vikings improve to 21-1 overall and 12-0 in the MMAA. Brendan Brady had 17 points and Reggie Martin added 14 for O’Hara (4-17, 2-10), which was plagued by a 21-7 third quarter.

• Miller School (Va.) junior Mychal Parker, a UM small forward target, told the Washington (N.C.) Daily News that the Terps are No. 3 on his five-team list.

“I most likely will wait until the summer,” Mychal said. “But as of now my top five schools would be No. 1 Virginia, No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Maryland, No. 4 Miami and No. 5 Clemson. If I had to add a sixth, I would say it is Wake Forest.”

• Terps women’s commitment Alyssa Thomas had a double-double in Central Dauphin’s 53-48 win Friday night over Central Dauphin East for the Mid-Penn championship.

Alyssa Thomas led a trio of Rams in double digits with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Sarah Dowhower and Gabby Singer combined for 25 more. Katie Lytle paced all scorers with 16 for the Panthers.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 9:56 AM | | Comments (4)


Lance Stephenson is supposed to be a Md target but according to the Rivals link above the Terps are not even listed as a possible destination for him.

thats because those sites lists aren't updated every day or even every week for that matter. an official visit to a school means he is interested especially UMD where its not like 80 degrees in winter. SO take that as his interest

Has there been any indication on whether the Terps will have a scholarship available for Lance? On the Rivals link, it states that MD has made an offer. That means that one of the current roster other than the sr's would have to be let go or they intend on leaving.

Pearman the walk on got a scholly that can be given up to Lance...and if it goes to him look out. This team could be silly with him and the two bigs coming in.

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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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