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June 29, 2009

Weekend wrap — Regan makes his choice

One week after attending the National Basketball Players Association Top 100 camp in Charlottesville, Va., Will Regan decided to make that location his home for the next four years.

The Buffalo, N.Y., power forward committed to Virginia this weekend. Regan’s other finalists were Arizona State, Maryland, Providence and Stanford.

"The coaching staff made the basketball side a good fit beyond being in the ACC," Regan said. "I was basing my decision first on academics and they have a really good business school, so that's a huge attraction to me."

• Former Maryland target Lance Stephenson could be close to finally picking a school. The Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln shooting guard took a visit to Cincinnati over the weekend, according to Adam Zagoria.

“Word is Lance is signing with Cincinnati,” one Big East assistant coach said. “I think he will on Tuesday from what I’m being told.”

Stephenson’s legal troubles could be resolved today. The five-star prospect will appear in a Brooklyn court room as part of his sexual assault trial.

He and Lincoln teammate Darwin (Buddha) Ellis were charged with groping a 17-year-old female student outside Lincoln High.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 10:32 AM | | Comments (15)
        

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Wow - losing a guy we really wanted to UVA?!? That stings. I can deal with UNC, Duke, heck, even Pitt. But UVA???

Matt,

Any news on Kyrie Irving? I could totally see him ending up a Terp. Close in proximity to NJ and he seems like an ACC player. Out of all the schools listed for him we make the most sense.

I remember reading about 8 months ago that we had a real strong shot at landing Epps, Buie, Harris and Regan all from the same AAU team. With Epps being almost a sure thing and Regan being up there as well. Looks like we might get sweeped. What are our chances on Harris?

We need some good news and we are due soon!

I cant believe that after all these years of failed local recruiting, people are still surprised Gary cant sign local talent!

Rob -- I don't think Irving's likely to come to UM. He's mentioned a top four without Maryland in it. Good question on Harris. He's still listing 11 schools, so we'll have to wait and see which schools get official visits.

I still think that MD needs some recruiting help, someone who can lock up recruits early. Gary and staff has made more of collective effort this year to try and get more local talent but they just don't close the deal. Lets face it Epps, Buie, Regan, Barton, and Painter went to teams that don't have the history that MD has and the teams they have chosen haven't been to the final four in over ten years. Not one of those guys that I have listed are dominant players (there good but not dominant). So the question comes to mind WHY NOT MD I really want to know. Ross is a potential star which MD needs but soon even he will need some help. I know coaches lose recruits all the time but I can't remember any school missing out on as much local talent then MD. Kids in NC go to (UNC, WAKE, NCST, maybe DUKE) kids from Florida go to (UF, or MIAMI) kids in Maryland used to go to MD top talent blue chippers but not anymore. Can someone explain that to me I would appreciate it.

Regan isn't a "local" recruit. He is from Buffalo NY and he isn't all that. He is very OK not what anyone would label a top recuit.

Lay off of Gary...in 2010 we have a top 10 recruiting class for the first time since 2003...if we add terrence jones it will easily be top 5 class int he nation

One, Regan's not local.
Two, Maryland just recruited two guys that play Regan's position. Some of these guys don't want to "compete" for a starting role. They want it given to them. That wouldn't happen at MD.

Sure, I think I can explain it to you. First of all, MD hasn't necessarily always gotten the best of the best when it comes to local talent. Neither has UNC. Neither has Duke. Neither has UCLA. Some kids leave home. That's the plain truth. So, I think we should begin by obliterating that fallacy. The reason for this is fairly obvious. Some kids just want to spread their wings. That's the plain and simple truth. You've been a stud in your own backyard for years. Is it possible that you want to head elsewhere and be a stud there as well? Would that increase your national exposure? Sure. Is it that hard to imagine that there are kids and households in the Maryland that don't root for MD? Sure. A kids grows up his whole life cheering for UNC because his dad went there or his mom. And, then, his junior or senior year, you expect MD to be able to land him just because he lives here? Not likely. Second, there are only so many scholarships on a team. You have to pick your spots wisely. You can't just recruit everyone and show the same level of interest in everyone. That wouldn't work and would probably leave a team with little or no talent. Three, many teams cheat. Isn't it obvious by now? How did Memphis come out of nowhere and repeatedly land some of the biggest recruits in the country? It's pretty obvious now. How did USC come out of nowhere and land a couple of biggest recruits in the country. It's pretty obvious now. UConn seems to pull a rabbit out of their hat every year? How? It's pretty obvious now. MD doesn't cheat and that gives them a "leg down" in recuriting. They don't compromise their standards and I think that's a great thing. Four, some kids don't want to compete. MD makes you work for a starting spot and some kids want that sort of thing handed to them. Many of the coaches who "land" these major recruits promise them starting positions. MD doesn't and that probably hampers them in recruiting. Frankly, I'm fine with that. If they don't want to work for it, then MD probably doesn't need them. As an aside, I have to ask? What is it with focus on "local" recruits? So what if MD doesn't have a ton of local recurits (although, they kid of do if you look at the makeup of the current team)? When you look at some of their "Top 25 recruiting classes" over the past decade, most of them were from out of state? Nic Caner-Medley, Mike Jones, DJ Strawberry, Ekene Ebekwe. All from out of state. Most Universities fight to gain a "national" reputation and to diversify their student body with representatives from all over the country and the world. Why should MD Men's Basketball team be different?

That sounds nice but the 2010 class is not top ten. There are two good players but it is not a top ten class. We still have one player in the 2009 class who has yet to qualify (Jordan Williams) there were earlier reports the he has but they were not true so with all the talk about 2010 we haven't sumed up 2009 yet. While I will agree that Regan wasn't a real big loss, I mean he wasn't dominant by any stretch of anyones imagination he was what you would call a smart basketball player who could have helped. I hear that there is a UK transfer that visited MD lately and that this player could drastically change everything for MD Frontcourt.

Charles..are you running for office??? I'll vote for you.

Matt, I know you have some good news for us, quit holding out.

Did we offer Jones a scholarship yet?

MD Men's Basketball doesn't have to have a Top Ten recruiting class to win a national championship. Remember like seven years ago? They just need smart recruits who will work hard and fill needs. Regan might have been nice to have around for the future, but that's a scholarship that could still go to someone else who wants to work hard and wants to play here. Interesting news about the UK recruit. I hope it fills a need.

The only office I'm running for right now is Chief of Staff for the "Gary Williams for Life" campaign. I can't think of a coach that's poured more of their heart and soul into a basketball program over the past couple of decades. He's been incredibly successful. He's done it the right way. And, it shows.

Charles, I am wondering if MD backed off on Regan and are focusing their efforts on a better recruit. I do think he would have been a good addition just because of his decision making ability. He is a center that knows how to pass. We need another headed player like Neal on the team. I think we thought we had that in Hayes but it has yet to materialize. If Bowie and Tucker learn how to drive and pass, and more importantly finish, we are looking at a very strong team. There is always the possibility that Gary may pull someone in on the JUCO level or a transfer that could come in give us that leadership immediately for 2010. Not so sure it is the player from Kentucky though. I do hope we wrap up Parker soon. Hate to see him do about face and end up at VA as well.

Just read an article about C.J. Leslie and one of his favorite ball players was Lenny Bias and that he was a great player in his mind. He also says MD will get a visit soon by him and his mother. At least this sounds like someone who is very interested in the MD, promising news for the Terps.

It's hard to say. A lot of this is guesswork. Maybe they really wanted the kid. Maybe not. I'd actually like to see them focus on Goins and the two other recruits they have coming in. At least for this year. I have a feeling that Dino is going to come in even stronger. He and Milbourne at the three and the four could reek a lot of havoc with a nice little inside outside game from the wing to the post. There could be a big recruit in the works, but that would be gravy right now.

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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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