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August 6, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

City shooting guard Nick Faust is spending his weekend on the West Coast.

The 6-foot-6 Maryland target will suit up for USA East in the Nike Global Challenge in Hillsboro, Ore. The eight-team tournament features three regional U.S. All-Star squads, plus teams from Asia, Brazil, Canada, France and Nigeria.

Faust wasn't a huge name coming out of his junior year at City College in Baltimore, but he has blown up on the summer circuit.

Kansas fan site The Shiver spoke with Faust -- who will visit Louisville on Sept. 4 -- about his feelings on the Jayhawks.

“I know a little bit,” said Faust about Kansas. ”Not really though. They just recently, like last week, got on board,” he added about Kansas getting involved in his recruitment.

• Terps point guard recruit Sterling Gibbs is preparing to play for Team USA in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore later this month.

Gibbs and [Michigan State commitment Brandan] Kearney helped lead the 2009 USA Men’s U16 National Team to a perfect 5-0 record and the FIBA Americas U16 Championship gold medal in Mendoza, Argentina. Gibbs ranked No. 1 in the eight-team field with a 7.0 assist-to-turnover ratio and averaged 9.2 points, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals in 15.2 minutes per game. Kearney averaged 4.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 11.2 mpg.

• SLAM Magazine named Maryland forward target Maurice Harkless one of the standouts at the second annual NYC Summer Classic.

The lanky rising senior has good ball-handling skills and can score off the dribble either by finishing at the basket or through his polished mid-range jumper; not that he can’t knock it down off the catch as well. Maurice is very slick in the lane and uses his athleticism to the best of his advantage.

The New York Post's Zach Braziller chronicled Harkless' play throughout the open period last month.

Before July, Harkless, the 19th-ranked small forward in the Class of 2011 by Scout.com, was already a hot commodity. That only intensified as the month wore on – he played in front of head coaches such as Bill Self (Kansas), Steve Lavin (St. John’s), Mike Rice (Rutgers), Roy Williams (North Carolina), Gary Williams (Maryland), and Billy Donovan (Florida).

• Maryland made the cut for DeMatha power forward Mikael Hopkins, who trimmed his list of schools to 10.

Via Scout, the list [also] includes Georgetown, Kansas, Miami, Ohio State, Pitt, Syracuse, Texas, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.

• The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss., caught up this week with LaQuinton Ross, who gave a top five list of schools that didn't include Maryland.

Ross shared a house with six teammates, getting a feel for what lies ahead when he enrolls in college a year from now. Ross said Monday his top five schools “in no order” are Syracuse, West Virginia, Ohio State, Baylor and Mississippi State.

• Sagemont (Fla.) small forward Rod Days, who drew interest from Maryland in the spring, has committed to Central Florida.

Days is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com. He picked the Knights over Arizona State, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan, Richmond, South Carolina and Wake Forest.

Football recruiting

• Bishop McNamara defensive back Nico Law has narrowed his list of schools, according to The Washington Post.

Law, who is 6 feet 3 and 190 pounds, has narrowed his choices to Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Rutgers, Illinois, Cincinnati, Iowa and Louisville.

• St. John's (D.C.) defensive end and Terps target Kevin McReynolds was the focus of a Post story this week on big-time recruits using social media.

While nearly all of the top players have Facebook accounts and several use Twitter - which allows users to post messages of 140 characters or less - few have gone as far as McReynolds, who began tweeting regularly during the snowstorms last winter. Most of his tweets deal with recruiting. "I had nothing better to do with my time other than train and be in the house and I started to Twitter," he said.

• The Daily Press (Va.) this week wrote an article on two rising seniors with Maryland offers -- Hermitage (Va.) linebacker Curtis Grant and Kempsville (Va.) linebacker Travis Hughes.

"I'm lucky because my brother (Trenton) plays football at Maryland, so I talk to a lot of guys up there. All of them tell me to get my official visits in. It's the best thing. My brother said he regrets not taking all his official visits. He tells me I earned it, so why not take all my visits."

• The Sumter (S.C.) Item has updates on several Terps targets, including defensive lineman Gerald Dixon Jr.

[Dixon says South Carolina] remains his favorite but he's picked up an offer from Maryland wants to take a visit to College Park. Dixon said his brother, DE Gerald Dixon (6-4, 260) of South Pointe, also favors USC and they will be "a package deal". Dixon says he is hearing from Alabama, LSU, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Oregon. He plans to commit sometime during the season and says he will take an official visit to USC.

• MaxPreps.com named Terps defensive end target Ishaq Williams the No. 3 returning high school athlete in New York.

At 6-5, 225 pounds, Williams possesses both the frame to play defensive end and the speed to handle the coverage responsibilities of an outside linebacker. He could very well end up as the first PSAL player to be selected NYSSWA player of the year since Lincoln running back Frank Sinclair in 1993.

• For more Terps football recruiting talk, check out this InsideMDSports.com podcast. Seth Hoffman and I discussed Maryland's 2011 class, and chatted briefly about Terps basketball recruiting.

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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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