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May 3, 2010

Weekend wrap – Ex-UM target (sort of) makes choice

At Jefferson High in Portland, Ore., on Friday afternoon, former Maryland shooting guard pledge Terrence Ross -- as expected -- committed to Washington. His teammate Terrence Jones, a onetime Terps target, also announced for the Huskies.

Ross signed his letter of intent, but Jones, who also seriously considered Kentucky, remains unsigned.

Kentucky coach John Calipari called Jones after his announcement and Jones was on the phone for a very long time. About 15 minutes. Reading body language, Jones seemed pained.

He told me, "You hurt thousands of people just as much as you make people happy."

The Seattle Times' Percy Allen wrote today that Jones' status remains unknown.

I know folks want some type of resolution on the Terrence Jones issue, but we'll just have to wait. As for updates, well really what more is there left to say? The only real news can only come from Jones or his parents and they're not talking at the moment.

• Terps linebacker pledge Cole Farrand was one of the MVPs for the Pope John XXIII track team at the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Relays on Saturday in Vernon Township, N.J.

Also for Pope John, senior Cole Farrand, who recently gave a verbal commitment to Maryland for football, led the meet in the shot put with a 53-1½ and he was second in the discus with a 143-9, keying victories in both events. Farrand was named the boys' field event MVP. Hilgart was named the boys' track MVP.

• The Maryland women's basketball program is one of many schools tracking Blair Academy (N.J.) forward Temi Fagbenle, according to ESPN HoopGurlz. Fagbenle, a 6-foot-4 junior, was born in Baltimore and raised in London.

Fagbenle is very much a person who needs a city nearby so most schools in a rural setting are more than likely going to be cut. This weekend she made a trip north to visit three schools -- Boston College, Connecticut and Harvard. Georgetown, which [coach Daniel] Bowmaker said was high on her list, has a scheduled visit later in the month. She also is considering Columbia and Penn from the Ivies. She has previously visited Maryland and Rutgers.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:04 AM | | Comments (5)


John Calipari should get thrown out of college basketball forever

What Zach said. Calipari is unbelievable.

If you're going to quote Percy Allen, you might want to make sure that you have all of the facts straight. After his initial article, Percy updated it to state that he did NOT know whether Jones had called Cal or whether Cal had called Jones. Also, Percy clarified the quote about "hurt[ing] thousands of people". Percy recognized that many people had INCORRECTLY read that quote as something that Cal had said to Jones. In reality, Percy pointed out that it was actually a statement that Jones made to Percy, where Jones was expressing the difficulty of making his decision b/c Jones was afraid that - no matter what he decided - he was going to disappoint lots of people.

The "mind games" Calipari plays with kids, while not "illegal", is certainly unethical. He should be banned from college sports!!!!!!!

Calipari is the kind of d***** bags that make it hard for Gary to get the top tier recruits.He makes me sick and wears out his welcome every where he goes,right before they get hit with sanctions.

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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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