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July 13, 2009

Weekend wrap — Peach Jam, King City Classic notes

Nearly every major college basketball coaching staff is down in Augusta, S.C., today for the Peach Jam AAU tournament.

That includes Gary Williams and the Terps staff, according to NBE Basketball Report. The Big East-centric basketball site already caught up with UM target Tobias Harris today. The Long Island, N.Y., power forward said he hopes to narrow his list of schools to five or six by the end of the month.

As it stands, his list reads Connecticut, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Florida, Kentucky, Memphis, Notre Dame, Tennessee, West Virginia, Maryland and Louisville.

Check out’s Twitter feed for Peach Jam updates throughout the day.

• Maryland targets Roscoe Smith, Trevor Cooney and Terrence Jones all drew high marks from NBE Basketball Report for their play at the King City Classic last week.

Roscoe Smith -- Really like his edge, but it also gets him in trouble when he tries to do too much. Played really well when he let the game come to him instead of trying to force the issue. Will benefit from elite coaching when he gets it. Still raw and needs to work on his decision making.’s Reggie Rankin praised Holly Springs, N.C., forward C.J. Leslie for his King City Classic efforts.

Leslie played with energy, effort and intensity all week. He ran the floor with great urgency and finished above the rim on every opportunity. He hit the glass hard and scored in the post with quick athletic moves. He must develop his perimeter ballhandling and shooting to take his game to the next level, but you never have to look for this high-energy forward when he is on the floor.

Testudo Times has an introduction to Bellflower, Calif., point guard Cezar Guerrero, a 2011 point guard that may remind Maryland fans of Greivis Vasquez.

If you couldn't handle Greivis's "flair", you better pray we don't land Cezar Guerrero. I could see it happening, though - West Coast connections are improving (commits from Stoglin and Ross, and recruiting guys like Jones, James Johnson, and Alex Kirk), Maryland needs a PG (Quinn Cook is the only PG on the board right now), and the highest profile Hispanic basketball player in perhaps the last 20 years is currently at Maryland. These signs point to Guerrero being a legitimate possibility (okay, so the last one is a stretch).

• Two postgrad big men with Terps interest impressed at the Hoop Group Summer Classic over the weekend. Dallas center Waverly Austin and former Lake Clifton forward Cleveland Melvin have heard from Maryland, according to NBE Basketball Report.

Melvin, who currently stands 6-foot-8 and weighs about 230 pounds, will take his game to Notre Dame Prep next season and has offers from Missouri, Maryland, VCU, Towson St. [sic], George Mason and Xavier with Syracuse and Pittsburgh showing interest. He also hoped to visit Connecticut.

... [Austin] took an unofficial to Georgetown earlier this summer and has West Virginia trying to set up an unofficial visit as well. Maryland, Virginia, South Florida and Florida State are among the others calling on him.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:08 AM | | Comments (4)



Just an FYI, Towson has not been know as Towson State for almost 12 years now.

HB -- Thanks for the heads up. I noticed that too, but that's what NBE wrote, so I didn't change it.

In reading the HB post, since "that's what NBE wrote", wouldn't the proper protocol have been to cite this as "Towson St.(sic)", thus indicating the individual using the quote knows of the error, but is quoting per the source indicated. And no, undergrad I went to College Park, not Towson :-)

Old Timer -- Good call. I made the fix.

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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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