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July 30, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

One of the top surprise players at the Fab 48 tournament in Las Vegas last weekend is apparently hearing from the Maryland coaching staff.

ESPN.com's Joel Francisco called Antwan Space, a 6-foot-7, 180-pound small forward from DeSoto, Texas, a "prototypical wing who can do a little bit of everything on the court."

He has a long, lean frame that oozes potential and a feathery touch from the outside. His stroke is effortless out to 22 feet, but it's not as consistent when he has to shoot it off the bounce because he has a tendency to drift. In addition to his shooting, he even posted up and dropped in a nice-looking jump hook. ... He has Gonzaga, Maryland, Texas A&M, and FIU tracking his talents.

Rivals.com's Jerry Meyer was also impressed with Space's game.

He is a crafty four man with a deadly stroke from behind the arc. Although he is not a great athlete, he has a feel for the game, plays with energy and is guaranteed to stretch the defense.

• UM forward target Maurice Harkless powered the New York Panthers to the Desert Duel title in Phoenix.

His greatest asset is his ability to finish in transition where he displays top shelf body control around the basket. With his quick second jump, he is also a dangerous offensive rebounder. Throw in a reliable three-point stroke, and you have a high level wing prospect who has upside to boot.

The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy this week conducted a Q&A with Harkless.

SN: Who have you heard from at this point, since it opened up?

MH: There's a lot of new schools, actually. I heard from Kansas, Louisville, Florida, Maryland, Memphis, Florida State, Miami, St. John's, Rutgers. There's a lot of others. Cincinnati.

• ESPN.com's Reggie Rankin was impressed by Terps small forward target Bernard Sullivan at the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando.

The 6-8 forward impacts the game in a variety of ways and scores the ball both inside and out. He has a very efficient post game with his back to the basket and a soft shooting touch with range to the 3-point line.

• Norcom (Va.) small forward Dorian Finney-Smith also caught the attention of scouts in Orlando.

He blocked shots with his length, rebounded like a madman, and hit a shot or two from the outside as well. Beyond that for a player his size he can really handle the ball. Now Finney-Smith did it all in spurts, and he needs to be more consistent with it, but the talent was certainly on display, though not every possession.

• Landon forward Darion Atkins was a standout performer at the Super Showcase.

Darion Atkins listed offers from Wake Forest, Penn, VCU, George Mason, George Washington, Maryland, and Boston College. Also he is hearing from Georgetown, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Virginia Tech.

• Maryland women's point guard commitment Lexie Brown fared well at the Basketball on the Bayou AAU tournament in New Orleans, leading Georgia Ice to the championship.

Depending on your sport of choice, the Ice's most famous player by association is either Kaela Davis, daughter of Ice coach and former NBA All-Star Antonio Davis, or Taryn Griffey, daughter of former baseball slugger Ken Griffey Jr. But on Sunday it was all about Lexie Brown, the daughter of former NBA player Dee Brown, who scored 14 points, most of them with her textbook jump shot.

Football recruiting

• Maryland's newest recruit, Felix Varela (Fla.) safety Undray Clark, spoke to Rivals.com Wednesday about his commitment.

Clark also had offers from Duke and Minnesota and was very close to adding an offer from Wake Forest to his list but Clark wasn’t willing to wait any longer and ended the process.

“My opportunities were closing so I had to choose quick,” he said. “I’m excited and I’m ready to play now.”

• Owings Mills offensive tackle and Terps target Donovan Smith picked up an offer from another ACC school.

“I’m definitely considering North Carolina. The time I was there they showed me a lot of love. I spent three hours there and had time with Coach Pittman. He looked at my tape and we bonded.”

• Several Maryland targets cracked the Super Southeast 120 list from the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register.

118. C.J. Uzomah, QB/TE, Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett (6-5, 230). Super-sized QB threw for 1,723 yards and 14 TDs in '09; projected by some as a TE. Has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Tennessee and others.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:10 AM | | Comments (1)
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Why can't we find out the reason that 3
highly recruited Terps recently quit the football team?

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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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