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April 27, 2009

Weekend wrap — Painter's list

The battle for DeShawn Painter could come down to two ACC rivals.

Painter, a senior power forward from Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy, withdrew his commitment to Florida earlier this month. The Daily Press’ Norm Wood reports that "rumors have Painter considering [Virginia] Tech and Maryland as his new finalists".

We've discussed in this space before how Tech coach Seth Greenberg likely would have to do some creative scholarship-adjusting (either taking a current player off scholarship or having one of the four current signees head to prep school) to get Painter to Tech for the 2009 season. Still, it appears Greenberg may be on the verge of a major recruiting coup. A decision from Painter could come any day.

• Another week, another twist in the recruitment of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln shooting guard Lance Stephenson.’s Adam Zagoria reports that Arizona has now entered the picture.

Sources say Stephenson is not completely happy with his current choices -- he has taken official visits to St. John’s, Maryland and Kansas -- and is open to other options.

• The Miller School’s Mychal Parker was “simply unguardable” Saturday at the King James Classic in Akron, Ohio. The Maryland target, who earned those rave reviews from’s Brian Snow, updated his list of schools.

Mychal Parker has offers from Miami, Maryland, Florida, Clemson, Arkansas, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Along with those, he is getting serious looks from Kentucky (new staff), Wake Forest, and USC.

• Terps power forward target Will Regan updated NBE Basketball Report with his recruitment this weekend at the Providence Jam Fest.

Will Regan, of the Albany City Rocks, told NBE this weekend that he is currently considering offers from Maryland, Virginia, Stanford, Arizona State and Providence. Regan is a 6-foot-8 forward who plays at the Nichols School near Buffalo (NY).

• UM power forward signee Jordan Williams reached double figures for the Connecticut All-Stars in a 110-99 win over the New Jersey All-Stars on Saturday night.

The Jewish Community Center was close to its 800 capacity as 6-foot-5 Steve Samuels from Windsor High School earned the MVP award with 18 points. Dominique Langston (16, Kolbe Cathedral); Adrian Satchell (15, Windsor); Jordan Williams (13, Torrington); Anthony Ireland (12, Crosby) and Chris Evans (12, Stamford) added to the balanced attack.

• For those that missed the news on Friday, Maryland landed a commitment from Montrose Christian shooting guard Terrence Ross. Here’s video of Ross from Seth Hoffman of (formerly

Terrence Ross, 2/10/09 -- from Seth Hoffman on Vimeo.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 10:03 AM | | Comments (19)


Not that I believe much from Zags blog because the guy contradicts himself more than most politicians; but I can see Stephenson looking at his college choice squarely for what they can do for him in the draft. I think we have received more negative press in recruiting this kid. Each time you hear a quote from him it is a disparaging remark on our program. I would like the Terps to come out and say we have decided to move of from Stephenson because "he did not fit our system."

Painter, it would be nice to see you in a Terps uniform. You would do extremely well in our flex offense.

I agree. If he hasn't chosen us by now, then let him go elsewhere. I'm sick of the drama. If he's so BORN READY, then why can't he make a simple decision on where to play ball.

lol, first Tshirt for the Lance-Underarmor relationship . . . Born Undecided on the front and WIshy Washy on the back

I think it's time to end the Lance watch. Once Kansas was out of the picture he could have chosen between MD and St. John's. But he didn't which tells me he doesn't really want either school. GW and his staff should put on the Maryland full court press for Painter. He'd be a perfect fit. He could play PF next to Williams at C. And they could move Milbourne back to the wing where he's much more effective.

If we could land Painter we would be set for a while at the post position. With 3 young good post players and if Vasquez stays its no telling how good we could be next year. Then after next year with Ross and hopefully Parker we would be near the top of the ACC in my opinion. And Bowie looked great at times this year.

I hear Painter is really lazy. It can be seen by high incredibly ranking around sophomore and junior year and then it lowered because he may have felt he was already "there". Nonetheless, Hargrave may have helped him with the lazy issue, and he very well may have a fine career for either team. I could see him excelling in the motion or flex offense.

I agree with Rick... Let's move on from the Lance Stephenson soap opera. Quite honestly, I'm sick of hearing about this kid myself. He may be a very good player, but one and done? Afterall, what did Stevie Franchise do for us when he decided to go pro after just one year? Did it elevate the program? I think not.

I totally agree with everyones sentiments regarding Stephenson. Lets work on getting Painter on board and we are one step closer to the top of the ACC.

check out the new terps recruiting blog at

Is that recruiting blog somebody's junior high school project?...give me a break!

Nice to see you quoted from Zags blog. He's a credible source...

Matt, give us an update. We are dying here for the latest info...

If you don't have anything make it up like Zagoria does. Sources say Zags blog and this new clipboard blog suck.

Still sucks...

Painter is reported to be messing with his visit dates so I don't think he has settled on either the Terps or Va. Tech. He probably is looking for immediate playing time and with the Terps having Williams, Pagget, and Gregory, that might not happen. This kid's stock has dropped over the years so maybe the Terps should save the "ship" for 2010 or 2011.

Painter's brother is on the Tech football team. He is headed to Blacksburg.

EdMed, are you stupid? Just cause i relative of his plays on the Va. Tech football team doesnt mean he is going there too. Unless you have inside information (which you don), you dont know anything more than the rest of us. Your prediction was a complete guess. His brother plays football, not basketball. He is focusing on his basketball career and looking fir where it is best for him to go according to his basketball career, not where his brother goes to school. Good try though.

We still don't know if he will qualify this year or not, and VT will not end up in the final four in the next couple of years either. Most of the big programs already have thier tables set for 2010 and like I hear all of those people complaining about John Calipari at Kentucky. He is an exceptional recruiter but he ends up having kids in his team he can't find time for which leads to transfers. A smart kid can see that coming but the lure of seeing what happened to the kids that played for him that are in the NBA maybe too much to overlook. Either way none of those coaches at NCST or VT can take them to the promise land like MD can.


What's the latest? Is Goins gone? Is there big news coming out of CP? Possibly a big signing coming tomorrow?

Gary and his crew are up to something big, I feel it...

Go Terps!!!

Baltimore Examiner has the (well, a) Goins story:

So with Goins out, and Braxton out, that's two open for the Terps for '09. We're waiting on Painter and Stephenson. VA Pilot has Painter visiting NC State this weekend and UM next weekend.

That's all I could find. Did I miss anything? (MB - thanks for the hard work, as always.) GO TERPS!!

rockcreek -- Thanks for the kind words. I've seen the Goins reports but the school hasn't commented yet as far as I know. The two Maryland premium sites that reported the news are usually spot on with stuff like this. We haven't reported anything on Goins, but it's obviously been a pretty rough/hectic week around here.

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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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