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June 10, 2009

Baltimore's NBPA Top 100 Camp representation

No city will be better represented at the National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp than Baltimore.

Six players from Baltimore earned camp invites: Lake Clifton shooting guard Will Barton (Memphis), Walbrook small forward Roscoe Smith, City small forward C.J. Fair (Syracuse), former DeMatha point guard Josh Selby (Tennessee), Calvert Hall forward Jonathan Graham and City power forward Jordan Latham. The camp will be held June 17-21 in Charlottesville, Va.

Jide Sodipo of has been a scout and coach in and around Baltimore since 1997. In his 12-plus years on the job, Sodipo said he’s never seen a class in the city like this.

“In the country right now, Baltimore is the strongest city,” Sodipo said. “Scouts and coaches love Baltimore players for their toughness. When you look at [this 2010 class], there are at least six or seven top 100 players [nationally], depending on the list. I’d say you have seven guys in the top 100 in the country, and four of them with the potential to be McDonald’s [All-Americans] or Jordan [Brand Classic selections]. I would say that’s the toughest city in the country for 2010.”

Mount St. Joseph point guard Eric Atkins (Notre Dame) is the seventh local prospect mentioned by Sodipo that's worthy of top 100 consideration. In Sodipo’s top 75 class of 2010 rankings for Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, six other local players make the cut: Lake Clifton point guard Antonio Barton (Memphis), St. Frances shooting guard Dante Holmes, Calvert Hall small forward Damion Lee, St. Frances shooting guard Wayne Sparrow (Richmond), Digital Harbor shooting guard Davon Usher and Mount St. Joseph forward Ryley Beaumont.

Sodipo believes a few local players have NBA potential, starting with Selby. The five-star prospect played for John Carroll as a freshman, spent the past two years at DeMatha, and will suit up for Lake Clifton as a senior.

“I see four guys who have the potential to be NBA prospects. I don’t like to use the word ‘potential’ because nothing in life is guaranteed, but I think Josh Selby has great upside,” Sodipo said. “He’s a tough kid, he rebounds, he plays the point and he can play the two. … Will Barton, he’s a special kid. He can do it all. ... The third one I would say is Roscoe Smith. He has the potential to be pro one day. And the last one is C.J. Fair. C.J. Fair is a very, very interesting player. You really have to study him and understand basketball [to understand his potential]. But I believe his upside is going to happen when he gets to Syracuse.”

As for the NBPA Top 100 Camp later this month, Sodipo thinks the six local players will represent the city well.

“If you can make it in Baltimore, you can make it anywhere,” Sodipo said. “This is one of the toughest cities ever for basketball. The kids play with a chip on their shoulders.”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:15 AM | | Comments (15)
Categories: Local recruiting


One question, why in the world are they not on the University of Marylands roster?

I love the recruiting report but this one is making my stomach turn. Memphis, Tennessee, Maryland. My guess, no Maryland for R. Smith either.

They all have 1 thing in common... Gary Williams let all of them elude his program. When will they fire him?!!!!! It is a disgrace for this much local talent to not be playing for the only big time program. Something has to give!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is all Gary's fault. He has to be the worst recruiter of all time. How do you not get a single one of these guys to stay home when you play in the ACC?

UM commitment Terrence Ross is in everyones top 40 nationally but chose not to participate in this camp. He is as good as any one on this list other than Will Barton.UM PG commitment Terrell Stoglin is better than Selby or Atkins (top 100 nationally) from Arizona. Smith, Lathan and Graham have been recruited by UM but UM is recruiting National ranked top 25 Lance Stevenson (NY), Mychal Parker (VA), CJ Leslie (NC), top 50 Terrance Jones (OR), top 100 JD Weatherspoon (OH)... So don't worry about the Terps recruiting!

Its nice to see Keith Booth is still held in such high regard in ole b-more.

My question is why does one person continually the same stupid comment under different names?

Stoglin better than Selby or Atkins? Are you serious? He's not even better than Antonio Barton.

So many CHICKEN LITTLE fans. Gary already has two nationally ranked recruits bagged: Terrence Ross at 25 and Terrell Stoglin at 71 by the ESPNU100.
The link:

Well, grass always greener at the other side.

No one can say they are shocked that Barton did not come to MD. He always stated that MD was in his top picks but it seemed not genuine and more out of favor. If he was going to pick MD he would have done it a lot sooner since we were the first after him. There was no loyalty on his part. It was too bad that he did not commit to MD, but wish him well and it is not the end of the world.

Let's see what Gary does on the recruiting front for 2010. His class for 2009 is pretty solid and we still have a shot at Stephenson. Also, do we really care how many kids commit from MD, or do we just want top recruits. I don't care if we get a player from Pluto if he can shoot the rock and he is a solid team player. No one cried when Joe Smith played for MD and he was from N.C. I also bet no one will care if Jones comes across country to play for us either. Let's keep it in perspective and get off us not getting MD players when we just want the right players for the best team. Most of the top players that come from MD are "me" players and don't necessarily fit our style. These kids with their AAU coaches have simply become Prima Donnas because this is the capitol for talent. Much rather see a kid like Jordan Williams come in from CT with a good attitude and proud to be a Terp than a cocky, egotistical, strictly NBA minded, take the easy route kid from MD. This is more of a reflection on the MD high school players than it is on Gary's recruiting prowess.

Brian. 4 of the Baltimore guys are ranked higher than Ross. Stoglin is 71 compared to Selby who is 24.

Why go out of state to get players that are not as highly regarded/

Why not win your in state talent and set up recruiting pipeline so more of these kids stay closer to home?

What happens if Stoglin decides to stay home and attend Arizona?

If Gary lands Parker or Stevenson I will rescind my criticisms.

Also in the 2009 class there were 7 top 100 recruits out of the state of MD and 0 are attending MD. MD decided to recruit nationally for 2 players that are not in the top 100.

Get off Gary's back! These kids made the decision to elsewhere to play basketball. Maybe they didn't like UMD, maybe the didn't like Gary, maybe they want to see a state other than Maryland, or the school they chose has a great academic program for their major.

It the always the same comments on here - Gary can't recruit top 100 players, then he signs a couple. Then its "the top 100 players he signed aren't good enough top 100 players" And then it's Gary can't coach - but he got a team that people kept saying didn't have any good players to the Big Dance. If you take a look at the Rivals top 150 for 2009 - only 1 player in the top 10 is staying AT HOME to play college ball.

Remember the great recruiting class of McCray, Garrison, Gilchrist & Caner-Medley - that class is why I don't care about McDonalds All-Americans or Top 100 players. Their me-first attitude is a big reason the program is where it is. Here is another McDonalds All-American that could cut it under Gary - Danny Miller.

Lastly, for all the parents who have kids that they are going to send to college, are you going to force them to a Maryland school if they want to go elsewhere? Didn't think so.

That's a heck of a list of players. I hope that Barton plays up in Jersey this year, would love to see him.

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About Matt Bracken

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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