Weekly recruiting roundup
A new power forward prospect has emerged on the Maryland men's basketball program's wish list.
Rivals.com reported earlier today that O'Bryant has trimmed his list to Maryland, Miami, Alabama, Ole Miss, Miss. State, LSU & Georgia Tech.
Rivals High named O'Bryant the best big man at last weekend's Nike Global Challenge in Oregon.
If there was one glaring omission from the All-Tournament team, J.O.B. was it. The stocky 6-foot-10 center owned the paint for USA West all three days while averaging 19.3 points and 12 rebounds a game.
Rivals.com's Jerry Meyer said this week that he'd put O'Bryant as a bench player on his all-star team for the class of 2011.
And at center, the problem here is that the best low-post players in the class aren't physical players. [Anthony] Davis would be my pick, with James McAdoo of Norfolk (Va.) Norfolk Christian School right behind him. But then I would want a physical grinder like Johnny O'Bryant of Cleveland (Miss.) East Side to come off the bench.
Asked why Maryland gets the first visit, he said: “I just really wanted to get down there and check it out.”
The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy said Harkless was one of five prospects who raised his profile this summer on the AAU circuit.
Scout.com ranked Harkless No. 96 entering the summer because of some uninspiring spring performances. He tore through July, though, showing off ballhandling and 3-point shooting ability that'll make UConn sorry he's no longer committed to the Huskies (and no longer considering their program). He has a long list heavy on Big East schools.
• Maryland remains in the mix for New Egypt, N.J., center Desmond Hubert.
Pittsburgh, Virginia, Wake Forest and Maryland are at or near the top of Hubert’s college list, said his high school coach, Jay Corby.
[Trevor] Cooney hit a number of 3s and moved very well without the ball, while Faust displayed his all-around game with some exceptional passes and deep 3s.
Finney-Smith narrowed his list of colleges down to Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Wake Forest and Old Dominion.
• NBE Basketball Report has an update on Team Takeover's players, including DeMatha junior guard James Robinson.
“The biggest question coaches had with James -- and it wasn’t a question with me because I’ve had him since he was 12 and know what he can do -- was could he play the point guard spot,” said [Team Takeover coach Keith] Stevens. “He proved that and then some as Maryland, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, UAB, Va Tech and Wake have all offered.”
When it comes time to rank the class of 2013, Purvis is going to have to at least be discussed for the top spot. Let's be clear, he's probably more of a combo at this point. But, he's easy to project as a physical, athletic and hard charging point down the road. We'd never really seen how he reads pick and roll situations but he proved in Chicago that he's more than comfortable in those situations and a good decision maker. He appears to be the total package on and off of the floor.
His top ten include (according to his Facebook page) Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
• The Terps are still in the running for DeMatha offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio.
Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Miami, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Virginia and USC are his final 11.
• Virginia Tech picked up an offensive line recruit with a Maryland offer, according to The Virginian-Pilot.
Jake Goins, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound tackle from Manchester, has orally committed to Tech. That helps ease the loss of two star prospects who went to North Carolina this summer. Goins picked the Hokies over scholarship offers from Clemson, Duke, Maryland and Virginia.