Maryland Minute 8.23.09 - Scrimmage Notes, Elite 24 Recap

Maryland might have a big star with true freshman Caleb Porzel, who shined in today's scrimmage. Image via Daylife

Stats from the scrimmage
Plus some analysis from Pat Stevens. Good recap of the action.

Kicking Competition
Interesting note:

*Friedgen said Mike Barbour seemed to have "solidified" his standing as the field-goal kicker by kicking well early in the scrimmage. But the coach said Barbour missed three later attempts, and declared the kicking competition still open. Friedgen said it was between Barbour, a sophomore, and Nick Ferrara, a freshman. Junior Nick Wallace did not kick Sunday, and Friedgen indicated Wallace is likely out of the competition.

Don't be surprised to see Ferrara taking all the kicks before long.

Elite 24: Rain-delayed, but dope
Great, full recap of the Elite 24 game. Definitely worth a read.

More Elite 24 Notes

Tobias Harris, a 6-8 forward from Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollow Hills West, was co-MVP with Lamb after scoring 20 points. A star on the summer AAU circuit and the No. 5 player in the Rivals150, Harris has narrowed his list to Kentucky, Syracuse, St. John's, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Maryland, Louisville, Georgia Tech and UConn.
C.J. Leslie, a 6-foot-8 small forward out of Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God Academy, listed North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida and Maryland as the schools recruiting him the hardest. "I haven't made [any] dates to visit yet," said Leslie, who is the No. 14 player in the Class of 2010 and posted 15 points and 11 boards for The Goat.

Nicknames frome Elite 24

Despite some fatigue, offense came easily in the Skip To My Lou's 133-120 win over The Goat thanks to MVP performances by shooting guard Doron "Smooth Criminal" Lamb and Tobias "Nobody's Smiling" Harris.
[Roscoe] Smith, dubbed "Scoe the Show" by streetball impresario Bobbito Garcia, scored 22 on 11-of-19 shooting while adding seven rebounds.

Scoe the Show sounds awesome.

Terps Watch District 9 Together
I couldn't pick a better movie.

Harris is summer sensation in high school hoops
Newsday has a wrapup of Tobias Harris' summer's conclusion at the Elite 24 game.

Harrison Barnes Cuts List, Yes This is Important
Wondering how this possibly relates to Maryland? Well, it does. Harrison Barnes, who's list now consists of Duke, Iowa State, Kansas, UNC, Oklahoma, and UCLA. It's been rumored that he favors Duke, Kansas, and UNC, though that may or may not be true.

So, why is this important, you ask? Simple. Roscoe Smith is said to like Duke (he used to like UNC, they slow-played him, and he's looking to get revenge, which he feels would be best accomplished at Duke). If Barnes goes to Duke, Smith won't. Likewise, CJ Leslie, who likes UNC, may be impacted in some way by Barnes - either he sees himself as a 3 and is put off by the commit (if it were to come), or he sees himself as a 4 and it makes UNC that much more attractive.

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