Maryland Minute 7.15.09 - Maryland/Indiana on ESPN2, Plus Football Recruiting Doom and Gloom

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The logo returns today, mainly because there's really no way to graphically represent Maryland/Indiana on ESPN2.

Terps-Hoosiers Will Be on ESPN2
I suppose this is the best we could've hoped for with this matchup. ESPN wasn't a real likelihood, but at least it's not ESPNU.

Maryland's matchup at Indiana in the 2009 Big Ten / ACC Challenge Presented by Dick's Sporting Goods will be telecast live on ESPN2, it was announced Wednesday by the network and the ACC. The Terps and Hoosiers will play on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. EST on ESPN2, followed on the same network by Virginia Tech at Iowa.

Recruiting Report: Gaels' Kyle Fuller picks Virginia Tech
*Sigh* We're tired of local kids going elsewhere, but this really stings because Fuller chose Va. Tech over the Terps. And we all know how successful the Terps have been against Va. Tech since they joined the ACC...

Maryland's Gridiron Kings: None of them are going to Maryland
ESPN is having some kind of HS team sports Olympics down in Orlando this July, with each state sending certain players. Guess who Maryland sent? Adrian Coxson, Louis Young, and Nick Forbes, who are going to Penn State, Stanford, and California, respectively. We've been over the in-state recruiting bit before, but man, you'd think there'd be something good to talk about.

Super Elite Showcase - Quinn Cook
2011 target Quinn Cook made his way down to Richmond with the rest of DC Assault for the Super Elite showcase, and he did excellent:

A known entity nationally, B-East (Big East) institutions Georgetown and Syracuse are all over Cook, who is also being recruited by Ohio State, North Carolina, Clemson, Virginia Kentucky and others. Simply put, Cook understands the game and can play, scoring and passing seemingly at will. Basically everything his DC Assault 16 Gold team does on offense flows through him, as Quinn can shoot, drive and has excellent vision. Though he does have a flair for the dramatic - over the shoulder, no-look dimes are within his wheel-house - Cook doesn’t make fancy plays to the detriment of his team. More offers other than Tennessee will flow in to Cook as he becomes more physically mature, probably the one concern schools have; he must get stronger to better absorb contact. Doing so will also assist in his on-ball defense work.

Reebok All-American Camp Recap: Victor Oladipo
Pretty much the only Terp target at the Reebok All-American Camp (which was stupidly scheduled at the same time as the LBJSA), Victor Oladipo apparently did pretty well:

Victor Oladipo, 6-5 shooting guard, DeMatha (MD), Class of 2010: There is a whole lot of potential in this kid. He is very athletic and showed his leaping abilities on various occasions. Has a nice inside-outside combo game. Can knock down the jumper from any spot on the floor as well as finish strong at the basket. What impressed me the most was how patient he was on the court. He wasn’t forcing shots, neither was he trying make passes that weren’t there. Has a very smooth demeanor to his game.

Peach Jam: Oladipo
Oladipo: Tobias Harris lite? Oladipo's Team Takeover was the only team undefeated in pool play at Peach Jam, which surely had something to do with his play. SLAM liked it:

Victor Oladipo (Team Takeover) — It’s hard to peg Oladipo’s game exactly. Just know that it’s darn good and only going getting better. Kind of like a sweet-dribbling Troy Polamalu, Vic roams the court until he finds what he’s looking for. (Come to think of it, he’s doing the same thing with his college selection. Indiana, Marquette, Maryland, Providence and UMass are anxiously awaiting his decision.) Still, the fast-maturing Maryland native (6-5, 180) appears poised. When he finds a consistent jumper, we’ll all know how to properly spell his name too.

Maryland's reps at ACC football kickoff are...
Chris Turner and Nolan Carroll. Two very, very good choices. Carroll seems like a smart but still outspoken guy, perfect for an event like this, and if Chris Turner isn't the team leader, then no one is.

Jay Bilas's Favorites at LBJSA
Bilas may be a bit late to the party on this one, but we'll forgive him - he was coaching, after all. It's Insider, but as a quick hint: CJ Leslie is his #5 player, and Greivis Vasquez had runner-up as the college player with the best court vision.

Maryland positional preview: Kickers & punters
Pat Stevens continues his positional preview of Maryland by looking over the kickers and punters for Maryland next year. Of course, there's Travis Baltz, who continues the line of great punters at Punter U. Kicker's not as set in stone - Nick Ferrara will battle Nick Wallace and Mike Barbour for the starting spot. Hopefully one of them can really take control of it - it'd be so nice to have a great kicker again.

Maryland Wrestling Profile
Not exactly a Terp strong suit, Maryland wrestling is working its way up the ladder. PressBox has a profile of the entire program - a good, if lengthy, read.

Duke Replaces Elliot Williams With Andre Dawkins
Well, that was fast.

It hasn't taken long for Duke to find a replacement for Elliott Williams. According to sources close to the situation, Andre Dawkins, one of the nation's top 2009 recruits [sic - should be 2010], is expected to be cleared by the NCAA and enroll this season — one year earlier than planned.

Dawkins is legit. He's a 5 star on both Rivals and Scout, and a 96 on ESPN. He'll be good, but not as good as if he had stayed another year in HS. I'd love for Duke to have only two guards next year, but the quicker he gets out of the system, the better.

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