Weekly recruiting roundup
Maryland's 2012 basketball recruiting class got off to a strong start Thursday when Montrose Christian small forward Justin Anderson committed to the Terps.
Anderson joined Stu Vetter's Montrose Christian program as an athletically precocious, nationally known ninth-grader. Vetter said Anderson was a natural leader for the Mustangs from Day One.
"Justin had what embodies a leader the day he walked onto the court," Vetter said. "Unfortunately, when you’re a freshman, you’ve got [upperclassmen] like Mouph Yarou and Isaiah Armwood and Josh Hairston, those kind of guys. As an underclassman, you don’t take over. Now he’s moved on as a junior and assumed a lot of leadership skills. Next year, as we always do, it’ll be his team. It’s his senior year, he has to be a leader. He expresses himself very well. He’s one of the more personable guys you’ve ever wanted to meet. He handled the press conference [Thursday] like a veteran NBA player."
Anderson quickly proved to be "one of the best athletes" Vetter has ever coached. While the expectations for Anderson "were way too high," the future Terp has developed into a vital player for the powerhouse Mustangs -- the top-ranked team in Washington.
"He’s playing at the highest possible high school level, and he’s done very, very well," Vetter said. "He’ll continue to develop and he will have an impact at Maryland from the beginning. I think he should be a McDonald’s All-American and be an outstanding recruit for Coach [Gary] Williams at the university."
• The Washington Post's Josh Barr reported Thursday that Anderson's commitment could spell the end of Maryland's pursuit of Episcopal (Va.) forward Arnaud Adala Moto.
Adala Moto was interested in Maryland, but the Terrapins had yet to offer a scholarship. [Episcopal coach Jimmy] Fitzpatrick said he had not heard recently from Maryland -- perhaps an indication that the Terrapins knew where they stood with Anderson.
“I’ve got eight offers from Boston College, East Carolina, Iowa, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia and West Virginia,” he said. “I’m getting interest from Tennessee, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Auburn, Penn State and Georgia Tech.
• The Terps are involved with Georgetown Prep offensive tackle Michael Boland.
“I have gotten to know Coach Brattan pretty well, so I really enjoyed spending the day with him,” said Boland. “Also, the basketball game after the junior day was a fun experience.”