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April 19, 2010

Weekend wrap – Biruta waiting for release

Gilvydas Biruta asked to be released from his letter of intent to Rutgers earlier this month.

When the St. Benedict Prep (N.J.) power forward receives that release, he plans on checking out five schools.

“Seton Hall, Maryland, Creighton, Georgia Tech, Arizona State, these are the schools,” he said.

• The stock of Huntington (W.Va.) Prep senior center Gorgui Dieng continues to rise.

At the Double Pump spring tournament in Denver,'s Brian Snow said Dieng showed "an excellent feel for the game both offensively and defensively."

Gorgui Dieng listed Louisville, Marquette, Memphis, Michigan, South Florida, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Marshall, Seton Hall, Virginia Tech, Virginia, and Maryland as schools of interest.

• UM junior point guard target Sterling Gibbs told the Louisville Courier-Journal that he plans to visit Indiana.

“I really want to take a look at Indiana.”

Gibbs, who averaged 23 points and seven assists as a junior, also is looking at Florida, Maryland, Wake Forest, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Pittsburgh.

• Maryland junior center target Desmond Hubert was one of's Day 2 standouts at the Pitt Jam Fest.

Desmond started his game vs. YAACE silver by blocking 4 shots in 6 possessions. He has great timing and blocked shots with both hands. Desmond is long, athletic, and played really aggressive today. While he needs to develop his back to the basket game, he's a wiry kid with a boat load of upside.

• Terps women's basketball commitment Whitney Bays has been invited to try out for the U.S. 18-and-under team.

Bays, who is headed to the University of Maryland in the fall, confirmed the invitation by Team USA and said that she will likely be cleared to play after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament during AAU last July.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 12:02 PM | | Comments (6)



Lance Stephenson is NOT a senior. He said he will come back for his SOPHMORE year, and is not hiring an agent.

AS far as Selby goes, Gary would take a 1 and done, and you are plain wrong if you think otherwise.

As far as bashing Gary for not getting him, well, I have NEVER bashed Gary for his gaurds.
Gaurds are the one thing Gary gets perfect usually, and he knows what kind of kid he wants.

I get upset with MD because they can't get more decent and top rated BIG MEN.
yes, they won an ACC regular season title, after missing half of the NCAA tourneys over the past 6 years.
But, they are still far from the elite team that they were and could be, if they just had 1 more top big.
We won 1 game in the postseason this year.
We haven't been to the sweet 16 for nearly a decade.
We struggle mightily against teams that we shouldn't sometimes, and we never seem to get an easy win over a top 15 team.

Again, if you are happy with mediocrity, then fine. yell at me all you want, I can take it.
I just want to win. Plain and simple, they are NOT getting what they need to do that at an elite level.
Most people say that is Gary.

The modern game is NOT just about being a fantastic court coach. Gary, is among the top 3 or 4 in the country at that. BUt you also have GOT to be able to recruit and turn people on to your school and he struggles at that with the PF and C.
I HOPE he proves me wrong. You all accuse me of Garyism. I WANT to be proven wrong.
I pray to allah, god, buddha, whoever, that they land Hopkins and Hubert with Cook next year.

I don't get why everyone gets so freaking offended when you point out the obvious.
How does pointing out that MD isn't an elite team make me not know what I am talking about?
I played basketball. I coached. I know a lot. Gary knows INFINITELY MORE. I am white and I sucked.
What does that have to do with knowing that it is a FACT that MD did NOT win the national championship this year?
That they did NOT win the ACC Championship Tourney?
That they got beat on the boards often?
These are not facts?

Ask Gary their biggest weakness. He will say size. So, if he knows it, we know it, and everyone knows it, then why don't they get top big men?
They try. They offer. They DON"T COME HERE.

How is that me? They offered Harris. He TURNED THEM DOWN!

Is this not a fact?
How do I not know what I am talking about.

I'm not commenting on the benefits of the 1-3-1 vs. m2m. lol.

Someone has too much caffiene in his diet.

By the way, and for the last time, Stephenson has declared for the NBA draft AND has stated he's getting an agent. It's a dead, as well as a non-, issue. Please let it die.

I read an article about Solomon Abraham was once considering MD but Gary never showed up to close the deal. Do you know anything about this? He would have made a great bookend to Jordan Williams

SteveG -- I think you're talking about Moses Abraham, who Maryland decided not to offer. He committed to Georgetown.

There was a JUCO that visited Maryland this week. Do you know who it was? Eloy Vargas? Monterale Clark?

I seriously doubt that the JUCO visitor was Clark as he has been charged with sexual assault in Texas. That kind of character is not Terp material.

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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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