Weekly recruiting roundup
Lance Stephenson is apparently serious about Maryland.
The five-star shooting guard from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln added the Terps to his top four, and spoke to SNY.tv’s Adam Zagoria this week about his recent visit to College Park.
“Maryland, I had fun,” he said. “We talked about Padge [6-8 Maryland-bound forward James Padgett of Lincoln], how we’re going to get him ready for Maryland,” Stephenson said. “That’s a good look for me and him to go to. I’m just looking at different schools and trying to see where the best fit is.”
He added: “They’re kind of high on my list. I didn’t go and visit all the other schools. I just visited that school. It’s the first official visit. I’m just going to see what the other schools look like and pick by that.”
Stephenson led Lincoln (13-8, 11-2 Brooklyn AA) with 21 points and 20 rebounds, Padgett added 18 points and 12 boards and Davon Walls followed with 15 points off the bench.
• FiveBoroSports.com named Padgett its athlete of the week.
[Lincoln coach Dwayne] Morton has seen improvements in every part of Padgett’s game – from defense to rebounding to his soft touch around the hoop. He is averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds in 13 Brooklyn AA league games – one of the reasons the Railsplitters recently won the regular-season division crown – but Morton has been more impressed with the strides he has made as a leader.
“He’s been more vocal,” the coach said, stressing that when Padgett talks, others listen.
The Torrington boys basketball team (10-4) beat Ansonia (4-10) at home Monday evening by the same 20-point margin, 86-66, as last Thursday’s over Woodland.
But Monday’s effort brought a smile to coach Tony Turina’s face versus Thursday’s frown.
“This was a good team win tonight,” Turina said, who saw just two constants between the games. Jordan Williams had 42 points Monday versus 41 last Thursday. Justin Duksis (12 points Monday versus 9 Thursday) had his second career game in a row.
"Yeah, I we lose Dave Neal off this year's team. We've signed Jordan Williams and James Padgett, and I think we're in a pretty good position. I really believe we can be a top 25 team preseason next year."
Oladipo, a 6-5 high flyer, has a terrific upside and seems to have good court awareness. Grant, who is 6-4, is another son of former NBAer Harvey Grant.
Taran Buie's 23 points helped Bishop Maginn remain undefeated in the Big 10 Conference following a 79-68 win at Bishop Gibbons.
The pair took advantage of open looks as the Canisius defense concentrated on Will Regan (14 points, 14 rebounds) and guard Ron Canestro (15 points, five assists).
I have to say the rehab for my ankle went really well. My physical therapist really helped me get through this injury and have me back playing as soon as he thought the time was right. Needless to say, physical therapy was NOT easy, I would leave there with my t-shirt drenched with sweat the therapist wouldn't take it easy on me. Those people are brutal! But I would have to say the worst part about the therapy was the ice bath that I had to put my ankle in afterward. It was just way to COLD for me.
Preparing for Wednesday wasn’t easy for Anderson even though his mind was set on Maryland. Other colleges kept calling despite his oral commitment.
“But I brushed them aside because I knew where I wanted to go,” he said.
In another story by The State, Anderson discussed how distance wasn’t really a factor in his decision.
Moving away was not an issue for Anderson, who considered schools in areas where he has family. His stepfather’s family is not far from the Maryland campus.
“When I need to get away from football, I’ll have someone to talk to. I’ll have a life outside of football when I go up there,” Anderson said.
• The State ranked UM’s class No. 5 in the ACC.
5. MARYLAND TERRAPINS: Maryland signed five four-star recruits among its 24 signees: DL De'Onte Arnett (Capitol Heights, Md.) DB Travis Hawkins (Gaithersburg, Md.), RB Caleb Porzel (Olney, Md.) and OL Pete White (Washington, D.C.). Scout.com ranked White the No. 5 offensive guard in the nation. Defensive lineman Justin Anderson of Blythewood High signed with Maryland.
• The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also pegged Maryland as having the fifth-best class in the ACC.
> 5. Maryland: Twenty-two of the 26 signings were either three- or four-star recruits, according to Rivals. The pick of the bunch is defensive end DeOnte Arnett.
With the struggles of [Josh] Portis and [Jeremy] Ricker in particular, Maryland probably needs one of this year's signees to develop into something more than just a competent option.
"I think C.J. Brown has that potential," rivals.com recruiting analyst Mike Farrell said. "He's improved every year under center in high school, but most importantly he's very smart and can learn the offense at Maryland. Guys like Jordan Steffy, Josh Portis and Jeremy Ricker all had great athletic ability and live arms, but none of them had the football smarts of Brown, and in Ralph's system, brains are the most important thing."
"It's a long process," he said. "A lot of (Maryland) coaches wanted to talk to me. I got an earful a couple of times."
Another call went to Seneca Valley quarterback C.J. Brown, a rival of North Allegheny in the Quad North, who committed to Maryland last year and plans to sign with the Terrapins.
"I felt like I let C.J. down, but being the quality type of kid he is, he said, 'No hard feelings.' "
Despite Virginia making a late run, Fulper had already decided on Maryland over James Madison and a handful of other Division I-A and I-AA schools. While playing left tackle this past season, the 6-foot-5, 291-pound lineman also played center in his first three seasons with Gretna, which could be where he winds up at Maryland.
Scout.com: You had many offers, why Maryland?
Mackall: Going into the summer of my senior season, Maryland, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Clemson and Syracuse offered me first. I committed to Maryland right away. A few other schools showed a lot of interested like like Georgia, Kansas State and Florida, but I committed to Maryland before they could offer.
• Note: I spoke to the guys at TerpCenter.com about UM's football recruiting class for the Web site's weekly Maryland podcast. Other guests include Danny O'Brien, C.J. Brown, Dexter McDougle and Adam Zagoria. Click here to listen to the podcast.