Weekly recruiting roundup
After this weekend, the Maryland men's basketball program could have another addition to its 2010 recruiting class.
St. Anthony (N.J.) forward Ashton Pankey, who took an official visit to College Park last weekend, was scheduled to visit Houston this weekend. After that trip, the three-star prospect will make his decision.
“He really liked Maryland and I know he wants to be able to compare Maryland to another school,” [St. Anthony coach Bob] Hurley said.
According to ESPN.com's Christopher Lawlor, Maryland has a very good chance of landing Pankey.
Several sources feel Pankey, a Bronx, N.Y., resident, is a lock for the Terrapins, but it's the policy of coach Bob Hurley that players visit at least two schools, developing a point of reference and allowing comparison of programs.
Maryland has been recruiting ESPNU 100 PF Tobias Harris (Brookville, N.Y./Half Hollow) for some time and he has been to College Park on numerous occasions. According to InsideMDSports.com, he'll arrive in Maryland Friday, spend the weekend there and then fly to Georgia Tech on Sunday for his final official. He'll then spend a day or two considering his options before announcing his decision next Wednesday on ESPNU.
"There was a lot of pressure from the hometown people, but I had to do what was best for me and my family," said Stoglin, referring to the constant questions of whether he would change his mind and stay in Tucson.
• The Diamondback spoke with Rivals.com recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer about Maryland's three commitments.
“[Terrence Ross] is a really athletic wing who can shoot, maybe not as good a playmaker off the dribble as some other guards at his position,” Rivals.com national college basketball recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer said. “But nonetheless, he can shoot the ball a lot better than a lot of guards at his position.”
[Burns] says he is set with the Terrapins.
“Oh yea. I am real excited about going there. I talk with the Maryland coaches every week. Coach (Ralph) Friedgen is the real deal and very down to earth. He’s a father figure and someone you can talk too [sic].”
“I haven’t taken any visits lately, but I’ve actually set up two official visits for December,” he explained. “I’m going to Pitt for the weekend of December 11, and I’ll be at Maryland for the weekend of December 18. Once I’m done with those I’ll make my decision on December 21.”
“I like Clemson because it’s close to home,” Garcia said last week. “They have a need at left tackle and some other positions, so it’s a place I think I could impact the program in the first couple of years.”
Belt claims three scholarships at this time from Maryland, Rhode Island and Temple.
“I haven’t been thinking about recruiting,” he said. “My coach told me other schools are interested, but I’m just thinking about the playoffs right now.”