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March 7, 2011

Weekend wrap – Whittington's season ends

The high school career of Maryland forward target Greg Whittington came to an end Friday as his Oakland Mills squad dropped a 52-48 decision to Gwynn Park.

The Scorpions' star senior forward, Greg Whittington, finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks despite being the focus of a diamond-and-one defense that also double-teamed Whittington every time he touched the ball.

Maryland coach Gary Williams, along with assistants Bino Ranson and Keith Booth, were reportedly on hand to watch Whittington.

• Terps point guard signee Sterling Gibbs dished out 10 assists in Seton Hall Prep's 86-68 win over Union Catholic.

Senior guard Sterling Gibbs scored 31 points to spark No. 7 and top-seeded Seton Hall Prep in his final home game and Bob Farrell became the state's third-winningest coach all-time in the North Jersey, Non-Public A semifinals in West Orange.

• UM center target Desmond Hubert helped New Egypt to a 74-43 win over Burlington City in a Central Jersey Group 1 semifinal.

New Egypt center Desmond Hubert had 18 points, a dozen in the second half to help drive the last few nails in the coffin.

• Montrose Christian wing Justin Anderson is reportedly down to Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. The four-star prospect told Jeff Borzello that there is "no specific date set" for his decision.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 9:42 AM | | Comments (5)


UVA is out. He is down to MD and UNC (He said this at the MD-UVA game on Sat. - he and his parents were rooting and screaming for the terps the whole game - IMO he is coming to MD)


Once upon a time, Ernest Graham became the polestar for Maryland recruiting in the Baltimore area. Specifically, there were those who believed that somehow Lefty "ruined" Graham's game and his NBA aspirations. It conveniently became an easy point to affix the long time disconnect between the Terps and Baltimore.

This season, Sean Mosley's remarkable shooting struggles seem somewhat reminiscent of Graham's aforementioned "regression." Mosley was a prolific scorer and Baltimore's Player of the Year as a senior. Again, and with no offense to either Howard or Stoglin, I believe some of Mosley's struggles can be attributed to him neither being a 4th option nor having Vasquez around to pass him the ball. However, his body language suggests very little confidence when shooting outside 10'.

With that said, have you heard any rumblings about Mosley's lack of progression as a negative recruiting point for Baltimore-based kids?

Terp'n Texas: I haven't heard any negative rumblings here because of Mosley's struggles. As far as I can tell, there's still good buzz with Bino. -- Matt

It also helps that UNC just nabbed a 4* SF in the 2012 class...


I just saw another video of Justin Anderson.

This kid is phenominal. I have watched vids of most of the top 50, and I think JA is super under rated.

Now, my gut tells me we don't stand a chance and he is at UNC in 2 years.

However, at MD he would be the center of attention and probably start right away. At UNC he would fall in to a crowd. But I just don't see Gary landing a top 20.

I'd love to have him though.

You should post that one video. It's sick.

Justin Anderson is a junior, huh ? first time i've seen his name.

And the TexasTerp poses a very interesting question which i've been thinking alot about lately. Because there are two freshman currently on the roster who i'd rather see play over Mosley next year - Parker and Palsson.

In my opinion Mosley likely grew early and dominated with strength. Now he lacks quickness, height, and above all shooting touch. Add ball handling. He seems to struggle with dribble penetration from the wing, much as do Tucker and Bowie.

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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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