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February 5, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

The chances of four-star shooting guard Terrence Ross ending up at Maryland likely moved from slim to none this week.

The Washington Post's Steve Yanda reported Tuesday that the former Terps commitment had left Montrose Christian.

"I’m not going to talk about it other than to say that Terrence has withdrawn from Montrose," [Mustangs coach Stu] Vetter said. "It was a parental decision, and we wish him well."

Now it appears that Ross, a Portland, Ore., native, is headed back west. Yanda reported Thursday that Ross' destination will likely be Westwind Academy in Phoenix.

Assuming Ross does, in fact, end up at Westwind Academy, he will be coached by Gary Trousdale on a team that currently is 24-2. Among Trousdale's former coaching stops, he once was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Portland. A call to Trousdale's listed work number at Westwind Academy on Thursday was not immediately returned.

Vetter told Recruiting Report in December that the Terps were "still very much in the picture" to land Ross. His transfer from Montrose Christian, however, has likely closed the door on that possibility.

• Maryland point guard signee Terrell Stoglin was unstoppable in Tucson (Ariz.) Santa Rita's 63-47 win over Sahuarita.

And, as usual, star point guard Terrell Stoglin took care of lighting up the scoreboard, going off for 36 points - 15 on three-pointers and another 13 from the free- throw stripe - moving closer to second place on the state's all-time scoring list.

• UM combo guard commitment Pe'Shon Howard led Oak Hill (Va.) to a 44-43 win over Mountain State Academy in the championship game of the Big Atlantic Classic in West Virginia.

Maryland recruit Pe’Shon Howard paced Oak Hill Academy with 13 points.

Haukur Palsson, a senior forward from Iceland, helped Montverde Academy (Fla.) to a 54-51 win over Findlay Prep (Nev.).

Jamail Jones was Montverde Academy's second-best scorer with nine points, followed by Clyburn with eight and Haukur Palsson with seven.

Stefan Nastic received some interest from Maryland, but the Serbian-born center committed to Stanford last weekend.

Nastic, who attends Thornhill Secondary School in Ontario, was a member of the Serbian Under-16 squad two years ago and trained with the national Under-18 team over the summer.

• Terps junior center target Desmond Hubert had a monster game for New Egypt (N.J.) on Thursday.

Desmond Hubert's triple-double of 22 points, 22 rebounds and 10 blocked shots dominated New Egypt's 49-37 victory at Maple Shade.

• Maryland women's combo guard recruit Natasha Cloud has taken on more of a scoring role this year for Cardinal O'Hara, according to this profile from the Philadelphia Daily News.

Her newfound offense is a leading reason O'Hara, a young team battling both inexperience and injuries, is climbing back from an uncharacteristic slow start and becoming a dangerous team again.

• Terps small forward signee Alyssa Thomas guided Central Dauphin (Pa.) to a 37-23 win over Chambersburg.

Returning after a one-game absence (left knee contusion), the Rams’ Alyssa Thomas scored 10 of her 16 points in the second half.

• UM center pledge Alicia DeVaughn was Broward (Fla.) County's third-leader scorer (19.4) and its No. 1 rebounder (18.1) this season.

Football recruiting

•'s Heather Dinich caught up with Terps defensive coordinator Don Brown, who has high expectations for cornerback Mario Rowson.

“He has tremendous length and he's a guy that can match up to big receivers,” Brown said. “He can play press. He can get his hands on them and cover two concepts, physical rerouting concepts, and he's a guy that can come back to the receivers. I'm challenging him to do that.”

• The Scranton Times-Tribune was on hand for Terps offensive line recruit Sal Conaboy's Signing Day ceremony.

"I’m so happy," said Conaboy, wearing his white, pin-striped Maryland cap. "If I was going tomorrow, I would leave in a heartbeat. I am going to miss high school, but over the next four years I am going to have the time of my life at Maryland."

• The guys at Testudo Times did a Signing Day roundtable Wednesday. Check out their breakdown of Maryland's 2010 class here.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 12:21 PM | | Comments (12)
Categories: Weekly recruiting roundup


Sounds like Terrence Ross may be a wee tiny bit of a "head case" Maryland does not need that. Wish him well and move on!

this Ross kid sounds more and more like a potential headcase...starting to think that losing him won't be that big of a deal, he doesn't sound dependable at all.....and also feels like he's a one and done potential as well........good luck to whoever gets him when he finally does make up his mind....

Ross has self distructed.. Another example of getting BAD information from people who are ignorant.. Stu Vetter is one of the best HS BB teachers in the business and a better life preparer.. He gave up an opportunity to play in the ACC for a HOF coach.. Now He'll go to Marymount, Portland or San Diego State

Do you think Ross, who had his mother email MD to break his verbal commitment, wants to be around when he announces that he is going to one of the UK's or Duke. If he does end up at Duke there is no chance this kid would live in the state of md when he made his announcement. There is also a good chance that Stu Vetter was so embarrassed by this kids betrayal that he very quietly showed him the door.

Too bad for Ross. He is going to miss a chance to play alongside a big man who is developing into something special for three years. His loss. Give me the kids that want to be here.


The more I read about Ross, the more I wonder if he opened recruitment following a Forrest Gump type IQ test or something.
Someone is really giving this kid bad advice.
ANyone should know at this point, if you want to get to the NBA, you have to stand out, and be one of the top leaders on the team. Ross would have stood out a MD in a big City with national games all the time.
Instead, he'll be a dime a dozen underperformer at a Duke or Kentucky, which with UK, it will only be a matter of time before Calipari is busted doing something crooked.

Doesn't it say a lot about the parents of these kids that commit to UK, and I know Ross is not 1 of them....yet, but to let their kids go to a KNOWN CHEATER, WHO HAS ALREADY F'D up 2 programs?

Anyway, are there any more big men on the list for 2010 at this point Matt? Williams is really something special with his tough inside defense, but, it seems to me that they could use 1 with Pankey being a HUGE ???

too many assumptions brian wilson. without more information its just gossip.

lets just assume he's not going to md and leave it at that.

Ross is not coming to Maryland. Given his return to the West Coast, Duke may well be out of his picture too. Although he previously indicated he was only re-opening up his recruitment to a few schools--kentucky, kansas and duke--at this point, I would not be surprised if he ended up at Oklahoma (who had recruited him and where he could land with his buddy, Terrence Jones) or a Pac-10 team.

With Howard, Stoglin & Parker, to go with Bowie, Tucker and Mosley, the 1-3 slots are pretty well-manned for next year. Now, let's hope the Terps just get another relevant "big" to complement Williams, Gregory, Padgett and Pankey (who will be fine). It doesn't have to be Leslie; right now, I'm kind of intrigued by Reddic who appears to be another possible "late bloomer," much like Williams last year. McKnight is another possibility. Matt, any further word on either of those two recruits and how Maryland views them in relationship to Paulsson? I've not been terribly overwhelmed by anything I've heard or read about Paulsson and, at 6'6", he seems to be undersized to play the 4.

Ryan -- The big men to watch for 2010 are Juvonte Reddic and Eric McKnight. Palsson is about 6-6.

Ryan, buddy, love the take on Calipari. It's like you reprinted my posts from a few months back. I'm shocked.

As for Ross, my intial disappointment has been replaced with a sigh of relief. Syu Vetter's curt comment says it all. I am guessing the parents want to get paid for their son's skills, but who knows.

BTW,It will be interesting to see what the Terps do with their 2010 recruiting class.

Right now, they have at least two scholarships available: Ross and Kim. If Goins leaves, that's three. They have a solid class already in place with Stoglin, Parker, Pankey and Howard. Will they offer Reddic, McKnight or Anderson?

Check this out:

Mychael Parker will be a human highlight reel as a Terp.

The loss of Ross sounds like a case of addition through subtraction. Seemed like a bad deal at the time he decommitted, but he may well have done us a favor. With 4 players already coming in next year, I wouldn't offer anymore unless the player is a true blue chipper. 5 in one class is a lot of scholarships and makes for a big hole to fill when they all graduate at the same time. We're relplacing the 3 departing seniors and adding 1 more inside player. I would love to see us get back to adding 3 players a year.

Ross, is self destructing. Headed back to the high school he want to in Portland before he came out to Montrose Christian instead of Arizona. His Mom sounds like she is a bit schizophrenic and calling the shots. Can't imagine that this turns out well for Ross. He would have been so much better off long term staying at MD, even if it wasn't the ideal spot for him, then going through this crazyness his Senior Year of High School.

Sounds like another case in which a parent views their kid as a winning lotto ticket and not as their son.

Maybe he will end up a Cincinnati .

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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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