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August 24, 2009

Weekend wrap — New Terps target

Maryland's search for a power forward in its 2010 recruiting class has led to Jersey City.

According to Adam Zagoria, Maryland has begun pursuing St. Anthony forward Devon Collier, a 6-foot-7, 205-pounder.

Collier’s adviser, Adam Berkowitz, told Zagoria that Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Maryland, Oregon State and Arizona compose the three-star prospect’s list.

“He would be great in the ACC, it’s a little more up and down and open. They [Maryland] have a good class coming in as it is. Mychal Parker just committed. They’re still looking for another forward.”

• Several Maryland targets participated in the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game in the Bronx this weekend, including Oak Hill (Va.) forward Roscoe Smith (22 points), Holly Springs (N.C.) power forward C.J. Leslie (15 points, 11 rebounds) and Dix Hills (N.Y.) power forward Tobias Harris.

Tobias Harris, a 6-8 forward from Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollow Hills West, was co-MVP with Lamb after scoring 20 points.

A star on the summer AAU circuit and the No. 5 player in the Rivals150, Harris has narrowed his list to Kentucky, Syracuse, St. John's, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Maryland, Louisville, Georgia Tech and UConn.

Newsday checked in with Harris after his co-MVP performance.

"I've expanded my game," Harris said in the steamy upstairs locker room of the ancient gym that is home to one of the city's top amateur programs. "I definitely feel stronger. I can take contact and finish."

• San Diego forward and UM target James Johnson is beginning to formulate his list of official visits, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

Johnson, a 6-foot-9-inch, 220-pound forward who is rated No. 21 by Scout.com and No. 99 by Rivals, is also planning to visit Cal, Virginia and probably [Arizona] on official visits beginning next month.

• Grand Prairie, Texas forward Tony Mitchell -- who picked up a Maryland offer after withdrawing his commitment to Kansas State -- updated his recruitment for the Manhattan (Kan.) Mercury.

Since then, Mitchell's recruitment has skyrocketed. He has received offers from Georgetown, Texas, Maryland and several others. Rivals.com now ranks the senior-to-be as a fivestar recruit and the No. 15 player in the nation for the class of 2010. Mitchell said his top four schools include Georgetown, K-State, Missouri and Arizona State. When asked if K-State still had a fighting chance, Mitchell replied "most definitely, they're in my top two, probably with Georgetown."

Posted by Matt Bracken at 9:44 AM | | Comments (11)
        

Comments

I think you misread Zagoria's quote. The staff has seen Collier before, but they would like to see him again at an open gym and then schedule an in home visit. They must have seen him in July but now coaches can't be on the road watching recruits at open gyms.

Mike -- Good call. Thanks for the heads up. I made the fix.

How does it work when a team (like the Terps) has multiple scholarships offered for 3, 4 and 5 star players for one PF position, and when only one scholarship is available to be filled? If a three star kid calls up Gary and accepts, does Gary have to take him? What if Gary is close on a player he likes better? Who is in control. Gary or the kid?

EdDC -- Gary's definitely in control on accepting offers. The best example I can think of was in the summer of 2007, and the Terps made offers to shooting guards Chris Turner and Sean Mosley. Turner wanted to commit, but the staff prioritized Mosley above him, so GW reportedly wasn't available to accept Turner's commitment. Mosley committed a couple days later. So it's a delicate situation, but it's ultimately up to GW to juggle the offers.

Thanks.

Let's say a guy (a secondary prospect) calls up to commit. Can the Terps say, "Hold off a couple of weeks and we will get back to you."? Can the Terps rescind the scholarship? Or is the only option to keep dodging the call?

Gary has picked it up. Or should I say Chuck Driesell. I like others would like to see a strong Terps team capable of winning in any arena.

EdDC -- The Terps can definitely say 'hold off a couple weeks and we will get back to you.' They aren't required to accept commitments because all scholarship offers are non-binding.

Matt,

You do a great job on this recruiting blogg. And all of us who are hungry for Terps basketball news really love this. What would be really great is if we could have daily articles or bloggs about the Terps during the training season and during the season. For example, just as Maryland football is getting daily coverage now. I really don't follow Maryland football but for those that do, I'm sure they really like the daily coverage they get now. It would really be great of seeing something like that on Terp Basketball instead of an article on the day of a game and then another on the day after the game, while in between games there is very little. Could you take a look at that? You would be the perfect person to do that as your bloggs are really well done. Thanks

A couple of reports mention Selby decommitting from UT and bring up Kentucky and John (vacate your season) Calipari as the leader in his recruitment. My guess is Selby will end up at Kentucky and will be paid handsomly to do so, but he lists Maryland as one of the schools he is considering. Have you heard anything on this topic, or is it just cover before he commits to UK.

I agree with John. You do a good job and there really aren't that many FREE recruiting blogs that focus on Maryland. And some of the pay sites are pretty weak. A daily update would be cool.

Ed, The Terps are going to be very selective with their last two 2010 scholarships. They have plenty of time and already have a solid class coming in. The 2 and 3 positions are filled. That may have an imact on a player who wants to play a swing position, like Roscoe Smith or even Toby Harris, who may now look elsewhere.

I would think a Center and Power Forward are the goal. As Matt pointed out, they can stall a little with a player, but that can be a slippery slope. Obviously, if Johnson, Leslie, Harris, Mitchell, Kirk, Jones or Collier accept, it's a done deal. Outside of those players, Maryland is going to wait to see if they can get one of those guys to commit so they know what they are really working with.

Having covered the Terps and recruiting in the 90s, I can tell you the Terps keep a couple of lists, an overall ranking and a short list broken down by position. Matt gave a good example with Turner and Mosley. Gary took a risk, but it paid off. I think he'll do the same this time and hold his cards. One more elite player, and this is a national championship contender. I'd love to see D. Harris or Johnson and either Jones or Leslie get the final 2 spots. That might be dreaming a little, but man, that would be one hell of a team.

John -- Thanks very much for the kind words on the blog. I really appreciate it. Honestly, I wish I could write more about the Terps basketball team, but I just don't have time with my other responsibilities at The Sun. Our coverage will definitely pick up in the next couple months.

Go Terps -- Maryland's really not in the mix for Selby at all. I don't think it's an automatic that he ends up at Kentucky. That Worldwide Wes stuff was a little overblown, from what I've been told. I do expect him to end up at one of those traditional powers (UK, Kansas, UConn, etc.). He'll wait until spring to make his choice.

Jerry Meyer from Rivals fields a question from a Terps fan on the 2010 class.

Talented Terps
What are your thoughts on Maryland's 2010 recruiting class? How would you rank it and how good can it potentially be?

-- John from Maryland
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Maryland's No. 7-ranked 2010 class includes four-star guard Terrence Ross.
Maryland has established a solid foundation to its 2010 recruiting class with commitments from shooting guard Terrence Ross (No. 43 overall), forward Mychal Parker (No. 53) and guard Terrell Stoglin (No. 122).

This three-man class presently holds the No. 7 spot in the national team recruiting rankings. Despite being No. 7 nationally, in terms of the ACC, Maryland is No. 4 behind North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest. Obviously, the ACC is off to a great start recruiting in the 2010 class.

Maryland will likely need to land a quality big man to hold onto a top-10 national ranking. If Maryland were to land four-star Damontre Harris, who will officially visit next month, they will hold their ground in the top 10. Land a ringer like elite power forward Tobias Harris, and the Terps would rise as high as No. 2 nationally and No. 1 in the ACC.

Harris and Harris has a nice ring to it! C.J and D. Harris would be awesome as well.

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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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