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July 27, 2009

Weekend wrap — Graham steps up

Calvert Hall forward Jonathan Graham has given Nike Baltimore Elite an added boost the past few days at the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando.

Graham made the play of the game during Baltimore’s win Friday over the Georgia Stars.

As always for Nike Baltimore Select [sic] Will Barton was good, but it was teammate Jonathan Graham that made the biggest play of the game in their win over the Georgia Stars. With Baltimore Select [sic] down one and under five seconds to go, Barton drive and attempted a floater in the lane. The shot fell off, but Graham tipped the ball in as time expired to get the win. The tip in gave Graham 12 points for the game. Not to be out done, Barton was his usual offensive machine with 22 points.

NBE Basketball Report got an updated recruiting list from Graham.

Baltimore Elite has Syracuse commitments Bae Moussa-Keita and C.J. Fair in action. Their uncommitted teammate, Jonathan Graham, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Calvert Hall in Maryland, listed offers from Providence and Seton Hall with interest from Villanova, Maryland, West Virginia, VCU, Miami and Georgia Tech.

Newsday profiled Long Island, N.Y., power forward Tobias Harris recently. Throughout the summer, some of the most high-profile coaches in the country have tracked Harris.

UConn coach Jim Calhoun traveled to watch Harris play soon after breaking several ribs in a bicycle mishap. Kentucky coach John Calipari jumped in quickly, and Notre Dame scored points because Harris enjoyed working with two former Irish players, former NBA forwards John Shumate and Orlando Woolridge, at two camps.

In Orlando at the AAU Super Showcase, Harris continues to stand out for the Albany (N.Y.) City Rocks.

The star of the show for City Rocks as usual was Tobias Harris. Harris did a good job of facing up 2011 big, Mikael Hopkins, and taking him to the rack. Also Harris rebounded the ball well and showed a good feel for how to pass. Beyond that, Harris had the game winning floater down one with only seconds remaining.’s Aran Smith was impressed with Terps target Roscoe Smith at the adidas Super 64 AAU tournament in Las Vegas.

[Josh] Selby's teammate 6'7" senior Roscoe Smith was also impressive in this game, as he showed nice leaping ability and size for the SF/PF position. Coach K was in attendance observing Rosco [sic] during this game. He has nice moves in the open floor, and had a couple rim shaking dunks, and while he's not that skilled, he does have elite level athleticism. The question is whether he can improve upon the tools he's got. He uses his athleticism to score right now, but that won't make him effective forever. He'll eventually need to tune-up his game.

• Maryland remains in the mix for Los Alamos, N.M., center Alex Kirk, according to NBE Basketball Report.

Alex Kirk is a 6-foot-10, 230-lb center in the class of 2010 from Los Alamos (NM). He is looking at offers from USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and Maryland. Wake Forest and Georgia Tech are also showing interest.

• DeMatha shooting guard Victor Oladipo gave NBE Basketball Report a list of schools sans Maryland.

Team Takeover wing Victor Oladipo gave NBE his school list of Indiana, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Providence, George Mason, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Clemson, UNC-C and Missouri after the contest.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:37 AM | | Comments (1)


Did you watch the game against Team Final from Philly where Graham got pushed around and looked like a fish out of water? Maryland needs to stop offering kids who belong playing for mid majors and recruit some real post players.

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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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