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August 16, 2010

Weekend wrap – Gibbs helps U.S. to win

Sterling Gibbs was on the winning side in the first round of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

The Maryland-bound point guard helped guide Team USA to a 23-17 win over Turkey.

Brandan Kearney (Detroit Southeastern H.S./Detroit, Mich.) added eight points for the men, while Sterling Gibbs (Seton Hall Prep/Scotch Plains, N.J.) chipped in three points, two steals and an assist.

• Testudo Times wrote today that Maryland might be out of the mix for Oakland, Calif., shooting guard Jabari Brown.

The current seven are UConn, Cal, DePaul, Georgia Tech, Oregon, St. John's, and Washington.

• Maryland small forward target Maurice Harkless told The New York Post that he's running his recruitment now, while adviser Nate Blue will assist if necessary.

The 6-foot-8 small forward from Jamaica, Queens, who initially committed to Connecticut, is organizing his visits, such as the official he will take to Maryland on Sept. 2 and the unofficial to St. John’s on Sept. 18.

• scouted the adidas Nations event in Chicago, offering reports on each participant, including Terps shooting guard target Deuce Bello.

Bello is one of the freakiest players on the high school level right now. He's shown some surprising skill development this summer with improvement in his handle and play making. He's an undersized shooting guard but his length and leaping ability gives him some real intrigue.

Football recruiting

• answered four questions facing the Maryland football team, including whether the Terps will lose recruits if the team stumbles early.

Defensive back Jeremiah Hendy is one of Maryland’s top early commitments. The Bowie High standout chose the Terps over the Cavaliers in a very close battle, citing his parents’ preference that he stay near home. Hendy, though, has kept his recruitment open and remains in contact with Virginia, even taking an unofficial visit to Charlottesville in late June.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 9:40 AM | | Comments (3)


How was the score so low in the Gibbs game?

For some reason the youth olympics basketball is a 3 on 3 streetball competition, and the games are 10 minutes long. Gibbs from the sounds of it has not been too impressive. His stat line from the first game against Turkey: 1-12 shooting, 0-6 on 3's, 1-6 free throws, 1 rebound, and 1 assist. I am in Singapore and going to try and catch a game later this week.

Matt -- Thanks for the report.

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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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