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March 18, 2011

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.

• UM shooting guard signee Nick Faust is scheduled to play Sunday in the Elite Basketball Showcase at the Verizon Center.

• Terps women's commitment Lexie Brown was selected as player of the year in Georgia's 7-AAAAA region.

Football recruiting

Nick Brigham, an offensive guard from the Marist School in Atlanta, has committed to the Terps. Check back with Recruiting Report later for more on Brigham's pledge.

• Gilman offensive lineman Brian Gaia updated Rivals.com this week on his recruiting picture.

“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.”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 12:12 PM | | Comments (7)
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OK the new coach preaches in state recruiting is vital to the Maryland Terps being consider a contender for conference championships and etc..So I'm puzzle to here they haven't been in contact with some of the prized recruits in the state.Let's get it together now if we want the U of MD to be a powerhouse in the next three years.

Matt - Any updates on Hubert? Any fallbacks if he's a Tarheel?

TerpDoc: Not that I'm aware of right now. They could bank the scholarship for 2012 if they miss on Hubert or Wally Judge and don't like anyone else that's out there. -- Matt

Hey Delusional Donnie - Are you not aware that out of Randy Edsall's first 3 commits, 2 are top prospects from MARYLAND!?

MATT,
Love the updates.....with Justin in the fold now, I saw another quote from him saying he will need to get a Big to play with, does his status (talent, etc) help hime get another Big or 2 into UMD in the next year or two???? To me, following the Terps Hoops fro mthe Raido days wiht Lefty, this is a HUGE get and early as I have every known....so is there a change in the winds at UMD? Does the beling left out of any tourney bring addition by subtraction....I think so....PLEASe your thought? Potential Targets (Bigs, etc).
Thanks and keep up the great work! JT

Talbott: Thanks for the kind words. Anderson's early commitment can only help with other recruits. He's a natural leader, so I can definitely see him doing his best to convince others to join him. Maryland has several offers out to 2012 prospects, but it's unclear at this point who the most serious targets are. Still, this is a really good start to 2012. -- Matt

Matt, always enjoy your updates. Just as a point of clarification, actually, Lexie Brown is not "co-player" of the year for GA Region VII-AAAAA. She is the sole girl's player of the year. The other person,Corey Heyward, is the boy's awardee.

Robert: Thanks for the heads-up. Much appreciated. I've made the fix. -- Matt

I can remember recent excitement over other prospects which failed to get the Terps deep in the tournament. It's less important that they be only from Baltimore as to get the right chemistry. By example Temple, George Mason, Richmond, and Butler have done extraordinarily well without the Barnes, Sullingers, Lambs, Jones etc. Butler played tremendous team ball. Of course they have talent. But mostly they stuck to the game plan. There was no panic. Had fate omitted an unnecessary foul on Howard they would have dropped from sight. But they still would have been a good team. They never gave up. They fought. But it isn't only energy. They played like a team where everyone knew what to do. That is coaching. How much can u coach with the right players versus the wrong ones is big. So it takes more than all the bitter cries of everyone who loves or hates a particular player or coach. It takes a team with the right coaching staff. No one does it alone. Arizona all the way with one player? BYU? Probably not. Impossible? No. But odds are given the same relative strength of the coaching staffs a Duke, NC or OSU will prevail over time. On the other hand we saw the weaknesses of a Pitt, Nova, Mich State, Tenn, X, WV, GTown, A&M, Zags on and on. It takes some luck but as you can see a highly talented team with the right players and the right coaching staff can go far. Let's not pretend one player is going to be magic. You can see the teams that struggle when they are faced with adversity. Or simply they don't have the ways or means to get the ball to the right man at the right time. We all saw star players heaving the ball cross court which got intercepted. It really takes discipline, practice and 110% to win. I don't think the present squad has that. As much as I like Williams he's not a 5 star draft recruit. There are a dozen guys in this tournament alone who can play with him. He hasn't exactly mastered the outside shot and his perimeter defense is a joke, thought that is part of his assignment for whatever reason. Mosley was more hope than results. His defense is good but is he as valuable as Mazzulla? Stoglin is good but I'm holding off on how well the team will improve if he remains the leader. Scoring 18 with 5 assists is great if the team wins. Howard is good. Counting on Faust? Could be. But the rest of the team is thin. Padgett? Palsson. None of last years recruits except for the two guards did anything that says and away we go. Pankney was picked knowing he could be injured. A kid like Hawk can do well on a less strenuous schedule. Once he matches up with more talent and size he's out of his comfort zone. So I'll wait and see. Go punish someone else if you think stating the flat out truth is more than u can take. And btw, committing verbally 4 2012 isn't exactly the biggest deal. Look around at the competition for an example of what they have going into the next season. You'll see the difference. But again it's more how the players develop as a team. As Sir Charles said: everyone of these teams has guards. It's when u get down low and you're up against bigs who can dominate that you see the difference. Actually Williams has picked up more guards than he needs. I still don't see this kid from St John's in Wisc replacing some big like a Zeller, McGee, Sullinger. Get real.

I watched Breunig play in Wis over holidays a few months ago. Reminds me of a raw Matt Howard or Geriot from Richmond. He's not a Sullinger or McGhee Whoa Tiger. They are Centers. Breunig is more mobile and fits the power forward profile. The question isn't whether the guy can grow and contribute. He can. The question is will he be forced to play out of position like so many other power forwards forced to play center due to Williams recruiting limitations.

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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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