Weekly recruiting roundup
Atlantic Christian (N.J.) forward Luke Piotrowski reportedly has offers from Maryland, Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon State, but the 6-foot-11 junior might not necessarily go the high-major route.
"Luke's got quite the following," Tom Piotrowski said. "The question for Luke is what is the most important criteria for his college selection. He has the potential to play at the highest level. But he might be a kid who says I can do what I want to do and get where I want to go at a mid-major. I get the feeling that may be the direction he goes."
• Dan Wiederer of The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer weighed in this week on Maryland's recent commitment from Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) point guard Sterling Gibbs.
Gibbs, who stands 6-1, chose the Terrapins over fellow ACC schools Wake Forest and Virginia and also over Pitt, where his older brother Ashton will be a junior next season. Gibbs is said to be a scrappy player and an accomplished scorer who can get into the lane to create. His feel for the point guard position will need to improve dramatically if he is to come anywhere close to enjoying half the success that Vasquez had at Maryland. But on the developmental curve, Williams is hoping he can bring Sterling along similarly to how Jamie Dixon has helped Ashton grow at Pitt.
This 6-8 forward showed tremendous upside. The long and lanky Jersey native got some serious hops. Hubert ran the floor well and consistently was in the paint ready for tip-ins. On the defensive end, he did a good job contesting shots and playing off the ball.
Most recruiting services rank Mickelson as a top-50 prospect. He averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds in his junior year. Mickelson makes a living both inside the paint and on the perimeter.
Another rising senior defensive end, Marco Jones (Baltimore/Boys Latin School), made his presence known as well. The 6-3, 245-pound Jones is quick and agile and stays on his feet well but must continue to develop. He has scholarship offers from more than a half dozen schools, including Penn State, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Louisville.
Mattox has visited USC several times and but has not yet been to Maryland. "I won't visit (Maryland) before I decide," he said, "but I do feel like I know them pretty well. I talk to them a lot and know a lot about them."
“I just came back from Maryland last week,” he said. “I was there for their spring game and I was surprised at how big it was. I didn’t expect the facilities for the football team to be so big. I didn’t really get to see the academic side of things but the football complex was nice.”
“I went to Maryland and West Virginia in the past two weeks,” he said. “I liked them. They were great.