Weekly recruiting roundup
Any day now, five-star prospect Tobias Harris is expected to narrow his 11-team list to five.
Maryland remains one of the 11 in contention for the Dix Hills, N.Y., power forward’s services. Adam Zagoria this week gave his take on Harris’ recruitment.
In the coming days, Tobias will cut his list down and then take his official visits. Look for UConn, Kentucky and Syracuse to be three of the schools in the mix down the stretch.
The Terps are also waiting to see where they stand with Holly Springs, N.C., power forward C.J. Leslie, another five-star prospect. Rivals.com’s Jerry Meyer thinks Kentucky -- which picked up a commitment from four-star forward Stacey Poole this week -- and North Carolina are Leslie’s favorites.
There were questions about whether North Carolina has officially offered him, and those questions haven't necessarily been answered. Leslie and UNC coach Roy Williams, however, have been communicating. Leslie claims that Williams gave him the "we would love to have him when you are ready to commit" line. And North Carolina canceled an in-home visit with five-star power forward Terrence Jones, producing speculation that the Tar Heels are focusing on Leslie.
Kirk, meanwhile, faces a different kind of decision with Arizona. With finalists that include Oregon State, Maryland, Arkansas, SMU and New Mexico, Kirk has to deal with home-state fans who want him to stay and play for the Lobos.
"There's not a lot of D-I prospects out of New Mexico," said Alan Kirk, Alex's father and coach at Los Alamos High School.
[South Carolina coach Darrin] Horn pegged Harris as a high-priority recruit from the beginning, and their early relationship helped him beat out names such as Florida's Billy Donovan and Maryland's Gary Williams. All of those coaches, along with Wake Forest's Dino Gaudio and Virginia Commonwealth's Shaka Smart, made in-home visits this past week.
UW's offer was for Gasser to join the program as a walk-on in 2010 and then be on scholarship for four years. When freshman guard Diamond Taylor was arrested and charged with burglary and left school, UW was able to offer Gasser a full ride.
"I get along with the coaches and the players, and I think I fit the system, too." Gasser said. "I'm in a good situation, and I'm very excited about it."
• The Maryland women’s basketball team has one of the top five recruiting classes in the country for 2010, according to ESPN HoopGurlz.
Coach Brenda Freese [sic] will add significantly to a roster already brimming with good young talent. Her 2010 class includes No. 7 Alyssa Thomas, who has earned positive comparisons to former Terp star Marissa Coleman; No. 23 Laurin Mincy, an explosive scorer from the backcourt or wing, and No. 96 Natasha Cloud, who has a strong combination of size at 6-0 and speed for at the guard or wing positions.
Burns retired after the first quarter with his three scoring passes, 122 total yards in the air and another 8 yards running the ball.
“Everybody’s real excited,” said Raiders’ senior Matt Robinson. “This is the first time Atholton’s gone 3-0 in at least 10 years. It’s a really big deal. We’re not looking to stop. We’re just looking to keep moving forward and getting better. I don’t think we’ve reached our potential at all.”
No recruiting story can hold a candle to the ones about Dad dodging bullets, shrapnel and politics in Bosnia, or a family odyssey that has included communism, genocide, a green beret, a victorious but ruined nation, and a failed first attempt to relocate in America.
Delic's trip to College Park, Md., next fall will be like a trip to the grocery compared to the journey Edin and Hana Delic led their family on beginning Dec. 9, 1997.
• With Maryland set to face Rutgers on Saturday, The Washington Post assessed the recruiting rivalry between the two programs. Bishop McNamara wide receiver Brandon Coleman is just the latest player being courted by the Terps and Scarlet Knights.
Maryland offered Coleman a scholarship on Aug. 29, 2008; Rutgers offered on Jan. 26, 2009. Coleman's top three choices are Rutgers, Virginia Tech and Maryland. He said he feels the same level of comfort with Rutgers as he does with Maryland, and he is hoping to go to the game Saturday.