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August 9, 2010

Weekend wrap – Terps targets at Global games

Three rising senior basketball prospects with Maryland offers spent the past weekend in Hillsboro, Ore., for the Nike Global Challenge.

City shooting guard Nick Faust and Norcom (Va.) small forward Dorian Finney-Smith teamed up on USA East, which finished fifth in the eight-team tournament, while Oakland, Calif., shooting guard Jabari Brown was a top scorer for sixth-place USA West.

Here are tournament stats for the three Terps targets:

Brown

Day 1: INSEP (France) 112, USA West108
25 points, 7-for-19 shooting, 9-for-12 free throws

Day 2: USA West 104, All-Asia 91
19 points, 6-for-16 shooting, 6-for-8 free throws

Day 3: USA East 129, USA West 123
21 points, 11 assists, 8-for-23 shooting, 3-for-3 free throws

Faust

Day 1: Canada 105, USA East 100
4 points, 1-for-6 shooting, 1-for-6 free throws

Day 2: USA East 73, Brazil 69
2 points, 0-for-1 shooting, 2-for-2 free throws

Day 3: USA East 129, USA West 123
16 points, 6-for-11 shooting, 0-for-0 free throws

Finney-Smith

Day 1: Canada 105, USA East 100
19 points, 16 rebounds, 6-for-10 shooting, 6-for-7 free throws

Day 2: USA East 73, Brazil 69
1 point, 0-for-3 shooting, 1-for-4 free throws

Day 3: USA East 129, USA West 123
12 points, 4-for-6 shooting, 2-for-6 free throws

Check out The Oregonian and Rivals.com for complete coverage of the event.

• Faust, who will visit Louisville on Sept. 4, spoke to The Courier-Journal about his impending trip.

“I know (Rick Pitino) is a great coach and has gotten a lot of guys into the NBA,” Faust said. “They told me they are getting a new gym and all of that, so I'll check it out.

• The Strait Times in Singapore -- where Sterling Gibbs is captaining the U.S. at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games -- wrote this weekend about the Maryland-bound point guard.

'He is a leader both on and off the floor with his style of play and his attitude,' said [Team USA Eric] Flannery.

• The Times of Trenton (N.J.) reported on a list of schools for UM center target Desmond Hubert.

Hubert, who has received offers from Rutgers, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Connecticut and Xavier, said he hopes to have his list narrowed down to a top five by tomorrow and will make a decision sometime in October.

• Rivals.com analyst Jerry Meyer picked five 'no-name' prospects who made names for themselves on the spring and summer AAU circuits. Two Terps targets -- Faust and Team Charlotte (N.C.) small forward Bernard Sullivan -- made the cut.

Similar to [Norman] Powell, Bernard Sullivan wasn't necessarily considered a high major prospect prior to the travel circuit, but now he is a four-star prospect.

• Atlantic Christian (N.J.) center Luke Piotrowski has committed to Richmond.

BU, Arizona State, Maryland and others recruited Luke Piotrowski, Tom Piotrowski said. Luke Piotrowski, who averaged 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks as a junior, chose Richmond because of his comfort level with current Spiders and the coaching staff and also because UR's offense emphasizes perimeter shooting from all players.

• Another former Terps target, center Malcolm Gilbert, has narrowed his list of schools, according to NBE Basketball Report.

Malcom Gilbert is one of the better big men still available in the class of 2011. The product of Bryn Athyn (PA) Academy of the New Church informed NBE this afternoon that he has narrowed hos list of schools to Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Wake Forest, Virginia and Clemson.

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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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