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July 10, 2009

Weekly recruiting roundup

Maryland's chances of landing an elite small forward to pair with point guard Terrell Stoglin and shooting guard Terrence Ross in the 2010 class could be rising.

At the It Takes 5ive adidas Classic in Cincinnati this week, The Miller School’s Mychal Parker told Rivals.com that the Terps are out front in his recruitment.

Four-star forward Mychal Parker said Maryland is at the top of his list with Virginia, Miami and Kentucky following in that order. All but Kentucky has offered. Arkansas and USC have offered and Alabama and Georgia Tech are showing interest.

Tobias Harris, a four-star power forward from Long Island, N.Y., gave Rivals.com a list of schools that didn’t include Maryland.

Tobias Harris quickly rattled off Tennessee, Connecticut and Syracuse when asked about his school list. He then mentioned Memphis and Kentucky as schools that have just started recruiting him. Kentucky has yet to offer. Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and West Virginia are still on his list as well.

In the same story, former Walbrook and soon-to-be Oak Hill small forward Roscoe Smith updated his recruiting picture.

Roscoe Smith said the recent scholarship offer from Duke is special because of the history and tradition of the program. He is also high on Florida, Maryland, Connecticut, Georgetown and LSU, who have all also offered.

Smith was one of three Baltimore natives earning high marks for his play at the King City Classic in Cleveland.

Smith is a smooth jump shooter with 3-point range. He can also knock down one or two-dribble pull-ups. He has good length, and can shoot over smaller defenders with ease. He has a good looking stroke on spot-ups in transition, deep in the corners or in the open area on dribble penetration. His trigger is quick, and he has confidence in his jumper.

• DeMatha shooting guard Victor Oladipo told NBE Basketball Report that he has about 30 scholarship offers.

Some of those offers have come from Indiana, Clemson, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Providence, Xavier, Dayton, UMass, VCU and Cincinnati. He also indicated he is expecting an offer from Pittsburgh very soon and he has been to Georgetown.

• The Arizona Daily Star says Terrell Stoglin is the top hoops prospect in Tucson.

Stoglin -- the area’s most-wanted recruit since [Sean] Elliott -- committed to Gary Williams and Maryland right before Sean Miller signed at Arizona.

Testudo Times, meanwhile, unearthed a fantastic YouTube clip of Stoglin attempting to freestyle. The future Terp makes Bobby Maze look like 2Pac. Check out the video here.

• Terps shooting guard target Trevor Cooney, a 2011 prospect from Wilmington, Del., did what he does best at the LeBron James Skills Academy.

Best Shooter: Trevor Cooney could have been the shooting instructor at the camp. He has great shooting technique that is consistent no matter the situation. Cooney has the ability to swing a game in a hurry with his 3-point shot. Though his long-term NBA prospects are a question, he has the makeup of an excellent college player.

• Philadelphia point guard Tyrone Garland -- who received some Maryland interest last winter but no offer -- committed to Virginia Tech on Thursday.

"Virginia Tech just seemed like a good fit right now," Garland said. "I like the coaches. And it seems like it's a place I can focus at, and just focus on basketball and not anything else."

• For an extremely comprehensive look at Maryland’s 2010 and 2011 basketball recruiting efforts, check out InsideMDSports.com’s Guide to July. Testudo Times also broke down the Terps’ post and guard recruiting this week.

Football recruiting

• Southeast Raleigh (N.C.) linebacker Kendall Moore has narrowed his list to Notre Dame, Florida State, South Carolina, NC State, Duke and Maryland. The four-star prospect, who will announce his choice in the next few days, spoke to Rivals.com about all six schools.

Maryland: They are a good school. One of their linebackers, Demetrius Hartsfield goes there and he tells me good stuff and how they are on the right track. I used to play with him and he’s talked about how we can play together again. It’s a good opportunity for me and I like that.

• Virginia Beach safety Nick Dew, a three-star prospect with a reported Maryland offer, hopes to visit College Park soon.

“I plan on taking more trips,” he said. “I want to visit Maryland and West Virginia before the month is over. I think West Virginia may be on August 3rd or 4th. I’m trying to visit out-of-state. I’m working hard to get to Michigan State and Indiana too.

• Kent (Conn.) School linebacker Tyler Harris camped at Maryland but is still waiting on an offer.

While Harris had plenty of good things to say about Maryland, he did not leave town with an offer. Where do the Terps stand on that with him?

“I gave them film long before the school year ended. They said they loved my film. They’re just going to be keeping in contact with me.”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:40 AM | | Comments (5)
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Comments

Matt, even Gary Williams' defenders like me have seen the problem with recruiting in recent years. It looks like 2009 has been a pretty good year and 2010 could be incredible. Has Gary been doing anything different lately? Has he been more personally involved? I'm just glad he saw the problem and seems to have taken steps toward correcting it (without getting sanctions by bringing in Born Ready).

mikepcfl -- I think GW has been reinvigorated the past couple years. Also, the Terps finally have some continuity on their staff, so the assistants (in addition to being very visible) are making in-roads earlier with recruits. Losing so many assistants definitely hurt them a few years ago, but the group they have now seems to be very energetic.

Matt- If they land Parker and Smith/Leslie, that should get them back near the top in the NCAA. Here is hoping.

Barring future transfers. How many BB scholarchips does Gary have to work with for 2010? I count 4.

George -- I think you're right. Burney, Gregory, Bowie, Tucker, Mosley, Goins, Kim, Padgett and Williams will be back. Ross and Stoglin are committed. That's 11, so two more to give for 2010.

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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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