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July 12, 2010

Weekend wrap – Faust does it again

Another week, another set of glowing scouting reports on Nick Faust.

The City shooting guard -- who's considering offers from Villanova, Maryland, Tennessee, Penn State, UNLV, Oregon State, Massachusetts, West Virginia, Marquette and Virginia -- took part in the King City Classic in Cleveland late last week, earning rave reviews from Scout.com's Dave Telep.

He’s got the feel of a kid who will push for Top 25 status. He’s hungry and smoking hot. We left Thursday night after seeing a barrage of 3s. Early Friday morning the only noticeable change was that LeBron was in South Beach. His past two days displayed his range, overall game and significant month-to-month improvement.

• Telep was also impressed this weekend by Maryland center target Adjehi Baru.

There is no “off” button with this guy. Everything is done at 100 percent. We caught him in a mismatch game and he grabbed 20 rebounds. He was the best player we saw on Saturday. Baru grabs every rebound he should and half of the ones he has no chance at. He goes at such a pace that I’m not sure he could do it for 32 minutes in a college game but I’d like to see him try.

• The stock of Terps small forward target Maurice Harkless is rising after his performance at the Hoop Group Elite Camp.

Entering the week, Harkless, who decommited from the University of Connecticut on June 21, had a list of suitors such as Rutgers, St. John’s, Maryland, Xavier and Memphis. Syracuse and Temple were added to the list. One coach told Nate Blue, Harkless’ advisor, he could be an NBA draft pick after next year if not for the rule prohibiting players from going straight to the league.

• Maryland remains in the hunt for forward LaQuinton Ross, according to NBE Basketball Report.

The 6-foot-8 Mississippi native who plays at Life Center Academy (N.J.) has offers from West Virginia, Syracuse, Baylor, Connecticut, Mississippi, Maryland and Memphis. He plans on visiting Syracuse, Ohio State, West Virginia and Maryland. “I want to narrow it to a top five by the end of the summer,” Ross said.

• For an extensive breakdown of Maryland's recruiting plans this summer, check out InsideMDSports.com's Guide to July.

• The Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal took a look at incoming recruiting classes of six ACC programs, including Maryland.

Maryland might also get immediate help from Berend Weijs, a 6-10 power forward from Amsterdam who attended Harcum Community College in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Weijs blocked a school-record 119 shots last season and averaged 5.5 rebounds. He'll have two seasons of eligibility.

Weijs was recently honored for his success in the classroom.

Harcum College women's basketball player Gabrielle Moore and men's players C.J. Scott and Berend Weijs were named NJCAA Academic All-Americas for the 2009-10 year.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 10:15 AM | | Comments (4)
        

Comments

Hey Matt
Do you know the latest on Caleb Porzel and if he was kicked off the team or not?
Thanks

expect a solid year of slamming and blocking from the flying dutchman

So does Maryland lead for Faust? If not, I can stop paying attention. I've seen how this story ends WAY too many times

Bill -- I haven't heard about Porzel being kicked off the team. I think he has some academic work to take care of, but as far as I know he's still around.

Mark Davis -- Maryland's in a really good spot for Faust now, but he's obviously going to have many more offers to choose from after this summer.

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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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