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May 31, 2010

Weekend wrap – Terps targets on AAU circuit

Several Maryland basketball targets were on display this weekend at Nike's Memorial Day Classic AAU tournament in Hawthorne, Calif. has notes on many of those Terps targets, including Nike Baltimore Elite shooting guard Nick Faust, D-One Sports guard Deuce Bello and Boo Williams small forward Dorian Finney-Smith.

Should he replicate what he did on Saturday for the rest of the summer, Finney-Smith is poised to make a climb up the 2011 rankings. A skinny wing with quickness, athleticism and a surprising floor game, he's looking confident right now and is playing in attack mode. He is a slasher by nature who makes just enough shots to keep defenders honest. Saturday, he even ran some point and showed surprising feel for the position. He listed Kansas, Kansas State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Florida, Xavier and Cincinnati as his current suitors.

• Another collection of UM targets took part in the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in Durham, N.C. this weekend. Team Melo point guard Aquille Carr impressed, although the Patterson freshman did not list Maryland among his offers. Team Loaded's Adjehi Baru, a power forward from Richmond, Va., did mention the Terps.

Adjehi Baru mentioned a list of Maryland, Virginia Tech, Xavier, Virginia, and Richmond. All of them have offered a scholarship.

• named the ACC the top recruiting conference for the 2010 class. Maryland's six-man group checks in at No. 6 in the conference.

Maryland's class is led by four-star prospect Mychal Parker.

• Terps point guard signee Terrell Stoglin reached double figures in the South's 102-90 loss to the North in the Arizona Basketball Coaches Association Class 4A-5A All-Star game.

[Daniel] Bejarano was countered by Maryland-bound point guard Terrell Stoglin of Tucson Santa Rita. Stoglin had 19 points and several nice feeds, including a no-look bounce pass between his legs on a break that Asaad Woods finished with a dunk.

• The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer wrote about North Carolina State's recruiting Saturday, including notes on the Wolfpack's pursuit of DeMatha point guard Quinn Cook.

"They definitely were one of the first (schools) to really show an interest," said Cook, who is rated No. 20 in the 2011 class by "That's going to be part of the consideration when I make my final decision."

• Oakland (Calif.) Soldiers shooting guard Jabari Brown did a video interview with, listing Washington, Cal, Arizona State, Maryland, Wake Forest, UNLV and New Mexico as his offers.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 12:53 PM | | Comments (6)


Matt when do you think Gary is going to make up his mind about the new coach? Its widely considered to be up to Chris Caputo from GMU and Xaviers Bino Ranson, which is better?

where are the bigs. its great to have good athelets but its better to have good big atheletes. to many guards. go gary.

WockaFlockaFlame -- Could be soon. I think both are good candidates. Bino has great ties to Baltimore, and Caputo has landed some really strong classes at GMU.

But which do you think will get the job?

WockFlockaRedux -- I'd just be guessing.

Adjehi Baru - a big I keep hearing good things about - who appears to be high on Maryland. We need to close the deal ASAP.

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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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