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April 16, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

One year ago, local basketball fans were treated to the inaugural I-95 Elite Challenge, a Baltimore vs. Washington all-star event featuring Mychal Parker (Maryland), Will Barton (Memphis), Eric Atkins (Notre Dame), C.J. Fair (Syracuse) and a host of other high-major prospects.

On Saturday, the Maryland Super 60 Showcase will attempt to do the same. The Baltimore vs. Maryland all-star event -- presented by InsideMDSports.com, DTLR and World Fed Apparel -- features three games Saturday afternoon at St. Paul's.

The event tips off at 1 p.m. with the class of 2013 game. For the Baltimore team, two players to watch are Patterson point guard Aquille Carr and Glenelg Country forward Warren Powers Jr. Carr, a 5-foot-7 freshman and Baltimore Sun first-team All-Metro selection, is already being recruiting by Maryland. Powers, 6 feet 4, is the son of the former Terps football player of the same name. On the Maryland team, Princeton Day Academy point guard Chris Thomas is the headliner. The 6-foot-5 freshman from Denver could be another future Terps target.

The class of 2012 game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. On the Baltimore squad, Mount Carmel forward John Crowder (6-8) and Digital Harbor guard DaQuan Cook (6-2) are ones to watch for Maryland fans. Cook, according to event organizer Dwayne Wise, is hearing from Maryland, Indiana, Kansas State, Tennessee and Xavier, among others. The Maryland team, meanwhile, features at least two Terps targets in Montrose Christian swingman Justin Anderson (6-6) and Glenelg Country small forward Isaiah Miles (6-7). Gilman forward Ryan Ripken -- son of Cal -- will also suit up for the Maryland squad.

The 2011 game is scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m. A trio of St. Frances juniors (point guard R.J. Williams, shooting guard Sam Cassell Jr., center Greg Lewis), Friends forward Jon Schmidt (6-7) and City forward Rashaun Rasheed (6-5) will headline the Baltimore squad.

Check out CharmCityFinest.com and InsideMDSports.com for more info, and come back to Recruiting Report all weekend for coverage of the event.

• Maryland commitments Terrell Stoglin, Pe’Shon Howard and Haukur Palsson played in the Capital Classic on Thursday night in Washington. Palsson had three points and four rebounds, while Stoglin and Howard both reached double figures.

Stoglin, a slight lefty, scored the game's first points on a floater in the lane. He made three of his first five shots and finished with 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting -- including three 3-pointers.

Howard, a rugged guard who relishes fancy passes and man-to-man defense, scored 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting and had three assists. He began his scoring with a vicious dunk and also had an impressive assist to a baseline cutter in the first half.

• The Terps could still be in the running for Huntington (W.Va.) Prep center Gorgui Dieng, according to the Charleston Gazette.

But Dieng isn't expected to sign with anybody today. Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford said he is preparing to play in an AAU tournament in Denver, and will take one official visit to Marquette and one to Maryland or Wake Forest. A decision is expected in perhaps a week and a half.

Mike Rosario, a sophomore shooting guard, has received his release from Rutgers.

Several other schools have also begun calling about the 6-2 Rosario, including Tennessee, Kansas State, Maryland, Kentucky and Oklahoma, according to Jorge Fontan, Rosario’s mentor and the father of USC point guard Jio Fontan.

• Bronx, N.Y., shooting guard Jose Rodriguez, a class of 2011 prospect, has popped up on Maryland’s radar.

Rodriguez made a visit to Maryland the week after the Terps lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament. He spent the morning there before tripping into the District, where he visited Georgetown.

At Maryland he met up with [assistant coach Rob] Ehsan, who tried to sell him on being the next Greivis Vasquez. Ehsan took him into the players’ lounge and showed him video of Vasquez’s game in Maryland’s 79-72 win against Duke, in which he had 20 points and five assists.

• Maryland women’s small forward commitment Alyssa Thomas has been invited to try out for USA Basketball’s U-18 women’s team, according to The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa.

The official roster won’t be released until mid-May, but according to Rams’ coach Bill Wolfe the 6-1 Maryland recruit was invited to the trials in Colorado Springs.

Football recruiting

• West Virginia wide receiver Deon Long, a former Dunbar (D.C.) standout, told InsideMDSports.com that he would like to transfer to Maryland.

Virginia, Virginia Tech, New Mexico and Arizona are among the schools Long and his former high school coach, Craig Jefferies, have discussed looking into. But Long said he plans to appeal WVU’s exclusion of Maryland in the release; such appeals are usually based on financial hardship.

• ESPN.com’s JC Shurburtt reports that Jamal Abdur-Rahman, a running back from Philadelphia, has Maryland on top.

"I like the coaches [at Maryland]," Abdur-Rahman said. "They've had an interest in me since the beginning of my junior season. That speaks a lot to me.

• Maryland was the first BCS program to offer Darien Bryant, a tight end from Pickerington, Ohio.

“I have been to Maryland before, but it was my first time there in awhile,” Bryant said. “Watching the practice, seeing the way they use their tight end position was really good. I talked to coach [John] Donovan. He showed me their history with Maryland tight ends going to the NFL, and the way they use them in their offense.”

• Phil Kornblut checked in with Good Counsel defensive back Blake Countess this week for an update on his recruitment.

His offers are from Maryland, Notre Dame, Louisville, Wisconsin, Pitt, Cincinnati, Arkansas, Illinois, and West Virginia. Others showing interest include Clemson, USC, North Carolina, LSU, Virginia, Michigan, Oregon, and Oregon State.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:11 AM | | Comments (0)
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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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