Happy Friday everyone!
First IMS is reporting that the Terps are pursuing Torian Graham:
Latest on the #Terps and top-50 SG Torian Graham: bit.ly/qZm2mr (VIP)
And its safe to assume Turgeon is the one making the visit (most likely with Hill):
#Terps coach MarkTurgeon hits the recruiting trail. bit.ly/pO3iUo (VIP)
The staff has cooled on Henderson is moving to make a push on Graham. Should be interesting to see how this ends up considering there's no news yet on Sander's recruitment.
Second the staff is at Brewster Academy to McGary today:
JoshLee_BAHoops Josh Lee
#Florida, #Michigan, #Maryland, #duke, #Xavier, #Kansas, #Rutgers, #Dartmouth on campus today
Also the staff is at Vermont Academy to see a trio:
TheRecruitScoop Alex Kline
Florida, Maryland, Rutgers & Gonzaga saw 2013 Vermont Academy trio Jamel Artis, Dominic Woodson & Daquein McNeil this morning.
Now moving on to other teams and recruits that will have an impact on the Terps’ recruiting.
First, Kentucky got a commit from 5-star SG Archie Goodwin. Now this effectively crosses Graham off their list, but even stranger Calipari recently visited another 5 star SG: Gary Harris.
Coach John Calipari conducted in an-home visit with the nation's top rated shooting guard on Monday night, adding to a lengthy list of programs vying for his services. According to Eric Bossi of Rivals, however, the three Big Ten schools -- Michigan State, Indiana and Purdue -- should still have the inside track at this point.
I don’t know what to make of this but it seems that Kentucky has virtually no interest for Graham at the moment.
Second, Perry Ellis. Its reported that Kansas is in the lead for him.
Perry Ellis is an important one for Kansas. They need this kid. Local guy. Been involved since he was a freshman. No. 33 overall in 2012.
Jeff Borzello is also reporting that Kansas is the favorite:
Throughout his recruitment, Kansas has been considered by some to be the favorite, but the family has not shown their cards heading into the final day.
What does this mean for the Terps. In my opinion not that much. First, I don’t consider Kentucky to be a player in the McGary recruiting saga. Second, Ellis is an oversized 3 who is fit to play the 4 in college. McGary is a true PF.
Thrid, Nate Britt’s recruitment will have implications based on what happens with Bronson Koenig.
According to Eric Bossi of Rivals.com, "it seems to be more of a matter of when, and not if, Wisconsin lands 2013 combo guard Bronson Koenig."
This is just a further indication that the chances are very good that Koenig ultimately chooses to stay home and play for the Badgers.
Wisconsin and UNC are looking at Koenig for their #1 PG in 2013. Nate is the back up for UNC as well as for us since MD is pursuing the Harrison twins. It will be interesting to see that if UNC misses on Koenig then they might push hard for Britt who might not want to wait around for the twin situation to resolve itself.
Fourth, UNC might be out of the running for Mitch McGary soon because of space limitations.
We mentioned recently that Joel James (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Dwyer) may be a possible target for North Carolina, but up until recently the big man hadn't received an offer from the Tar Heels. That is no longer a problem, however, as UNC extended an offer to 6-foot-10, 260-pound center and has set up an official visit for Oct. 8.
James told InsideCarolina.com that earlier this summer he decided UNC and Florida State were his favorite schools, so the Seminoles look to be the team to beat here, even with Florida and NC State showing interest as well. It's also worth noting that FSU reportedly gained a commitment on Tuesday from English big man Robert Gilchrist, which could hurt its chances with James.
Aside from James, UNC is also still very much after Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy) and is also now recruiting one of the top ranked centers in the JUCO ranks, Waverly Austin.
Anyone of these guys pull the trigger will virtual end the chances of McGary ending up at UNC. Meaning we have less teams to worry about. Yay!
BTW. For all you scrubs out there, this is how you make a fanpost! Stop posting one line and Go Terps! 70 times.