I-95 Elite Challenge news and notes
The Baltimore All-Stars cruised to a 104-79 win over the D.C. team Saturday night in the I-95 Elite Challenge at St. Frances Academy.
Lake Clifton shooting guard Will Barton earned game MVP honors, scoring 18 points in the win.
Check back later this week for more on Barton and notes on a few class of 2011 performers. Here are some news and notes from the 2010 game.
• Terrence Ross lived up to the hype in his first game since committing to Maryland last month. The 6-foot-5, 180-pounder scored 15 points and showcased his well-documented range and athleticism. While Ross was arguably D.C.’s most impressive player, the four-star prospect said he wasn’t satisfied with his strong individual performance.
“It was an exciting game, with all the dunks and all the shots,” Ross said. “But we should’ve done a lot better on defense.”
Ross, a Portland, Ore., native who transferred to Montrose Christian for his junior year, said his commitment to the Terps left some West Coast college coaches disappointed. But the reaction around the Beltway has been nothing but positive.
“It’s just nice to kind of ease my mind and relax, and not think about where I want to go,” Ross said. “I’m glad I’m going to Maryland. It’s a good school for me. I’m just ready to go to college.”
Ross doesn’t intend to play AAU this summer, choosing instead to work out at Montrose and get ahead in his academics. The Maryland staff has given him instructions for the coming months.
“They want me to improve my game all around, but they really want me to improve my defense and ball handling.”
• Miller School small forward Mychal Parker came up from Virginia for the game and scored eight points for the D.C. team. After the game Parker listed Miami, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, N.C. State and Arkansas as the schools he’s considering.
Parker, 6-6, 195 pounds, is originally from Washington, N.C., but he attends high school in Charlottesville. New Virginia coach Tony Bennett has made a concerted effort to keep Parker in town for college.
“He’s a good man,” Parker said. “He’s a good Christian, and I like that a lot. It shows good character. The University of Virginia, I hope they turn it around real soon.”
Parker came up to College Park for a couple games this past season and liked what he saw.
“I like the coaching staff,” Parker said. “It’s real good. Coach [Chuck] Driesell, I like him a lot. He’s a good man. And Gary Williams, he’s a legend. I like him a lot.”
• Antonio Barton’s transfer to Lake Clifton from National Christian Academy for his junior season proved to be a great decision for recruiting purposes. The 6-foot-2 combo guard, who helped lead the Lakers to an undefeated season and the Class 3A state title, is hearing from a host of Big East and ACC schools.
“Right now I’ve got Syracuse, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami, Villanova, Temple, Rutgers and a lot of other schools,” Barton said.
Barton, who’s splitting his AAU time this summer with the Baltimore Stars and Cecil Kirk, has plans to visit Miami soon. Syracuse is a recent addition to Barton’s list. The Orange started recruiting Barton last month after seeing him at an AAU tournament in Ohio. Barton’s coach at Lake Clifton, Herman Harried, is a former Syracuse standout.
“He’s giving me advice,” Barton said. “[I think] he wants to see me in that [Orange] jersey. It would be a good place for me because my cousin, [City College small forward] C.J. Fair will be up there. So it would be a good thing for both of us to be up there.”
• Walbrook small forward Roscoe Smith spent most of last summer away from the AAU circuit, focusing instead on individual workouts and his academics. A summer away from the scene had no effect on his rating or recruitment. The five-star prospect and No. 11 player in the country, according to Rivals.com, sports offers from nearly every major program in the country.
“I’m narrowing it down this week,” Smith said. “With my top 10, I’m going to give the coaches [a call].”
Smith, who’s playing with Nike Baltimore Elite this summer, declined to reveal which schools compose his top 10.
“I haven’t made my decision,” Smith said. “I’m still taking it one day at a time.”
• Recruiting got off to a slow start for Mount St. Joseph forward Ryley Beaumont. The 6-foot-6 prospect broke his arm and missed most of his sophomore season. But after a junior year in which he averaged better than 14 points per game for the Gaels, interest in Beaumont has increased significantly.
“I really just started off slow, but it’s starting to pick up now,” Beaumont said. “Navy, Princeton, Penn State, Davidson, UMBC, Vermont, a bunch of mid-majors like that [are recruiting me].”
Beaumont, a second-team Baltimore Catholic League selection, is playing for the Baltimore Stars this summer.
• For the sake of roster balance, Dunbar point guard Corey Spence was placed on the Washington team Saturday night. The 5-foot-11 prospect, who plays AAU ball with D.C. Assault, fit in just fine.
“It was kind of confusing at first but I had to adjust to it with my teammates,” Spence said.
Spence said he’s hearing from Quinnipiac, Navy, Army, UNC Greensboro and UNC Wilmington.
“I’m just taking it slow right now until the end of the summer,” Spence said. “I should probably be committing by the end of my senior year.”
Check back with Recruiting Report later this week for a story on Will Barton and a look at a few 2011 prospects.