Naming Perry Hills the starting QB. Caleb Rowe will be our #2 and Devin Burns our #3 heading into William & Mary game week.via Randy Edsall on Twitter So then, it's for real. No surprise given his pretty solid showing in the scrimmage, though I was wondering if Burns might not overtake Rowe. Seems not. Well, everybody on the wagon.
Edsall said Devin Burns came to him and asked to move to quarterback to help provide depth. Will work with the 3s. [...] Perry Hills is No. 1, Caleb Rowe is No. 2 and Devin Burns is No. 3Both via Twitter; Patrick Stevens on the first, the Diamondback on the second. Looks like this was the only thing of note to come out of the press conference. Burns moving to QB is quite intriguing; he did manage to quarterback one of the best teams in Georgia in high school, and played there for his redshirt season at Maryland. He was seen as very C.J. Brown-esque as a QB, with a lot of athleticism and explosiveness but some questionable accuracy. I'm not sold he'll be a better fit than Hill or Rowe, who have been studying the playbook and taking snaps at QB under Locksley for longer than Burns has. But hey, he helps to make up the bodies and it's not like Maryland's lacking in wide receiver depth. For what it's worth, Edsall refused to name Hills as officially the starter, which means this is still a competition. Any of the three could probably factor in between now and Sept. 1.
The pink elephant in the room when it comes to point guard Roddy Peters (Suitland, Md./Suitland) is Maryland. Can the Terps offer? Should they? Will they? What happens if they do? "I'll let you know," Peters said with a smile. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon watched him Thursday, and he is clearly going to give Peters a strong look. Peters knows the deal and will have a question if the offer comes: "How much does Turgeon really want me?" [...] Roddy Peters continued his strong play of late, as the 6’4 class of 2013 point guard was again on his game out in Philadelphia. The Suitland (MD) star has very good size at the one as well as some major length. However, he is more than just a good basketball body, but rather a talented kid with a nice handle who attacks the cup very well and also finds open teammates. [...] The transformation of Peters has been fun to watch. A physical lead guard, Peters is tough. Over the past year he’s made improvement to his ball skills and has gained confidence. He attacks the rim with aggression and has no issues playing through contact. From mid-range and in he can score, but he’s also a talented passer with good court vision. He moved into Scout.com’s Top 100 last week and he’s proving that he was certainly worth of that ranking.Quotes from ESPN, NBE, and Scout It's Roddy Peters week, I guess. I've been writing him off for just about ever, but with the vibes on the Harrisons turning negative (except for that random-and-super-crazy Papa-Harrison-hired-by-UA rumor) and Rysheed Jordan dawdling, well, you never know. He's been doing well on the circuit, and if he keeps it up for long enough Turgeon's going to have to take a look eventually. And there's something to be said for a player you'd essentially lead for the second you offer. Meanwhile: Pookie Powell seems to have stopped listing the Terrapins, while Junior Etou says he wants to be a small forward, not a 4. Maryland certainly doesn't need any more wings, so I'm wondering if that'll hurt their chances. In a rather boring summer for recruitniks, I suppose this'll have to pass for intrigue.
Damonte Dodd won't enroll at Maryland this year. He's headed to Massanutten, per his AAU coach Damon Handon.via Evan Daniels on Twitter And so we have our answer. Maryland had the space for him, so it's either due to grades or a preference to get him more playing time - the latter, if I had to guess. He'll get plenty of run at Massanutten, which isn't a traditional powerhouse on the prep scene. Still, they'll play enough of the big names - the Miller School, Brewster, Notre Dame, Hargrave - to make it more than worthwhile, especially given how raw he still is. I also expect we'll start to see some scouts salivate over him now that they'll get a better look. The worry, of course, is that he'll get stolen by a bigger name; I'm not too concerned about it, actually - he seems to be in love with the school - but nothing in recruiting is ever certain until it's certain. This effectively makes Dodd into a 2013 prospect, and he'll enter the program the same time Evan Smotrycz becomes eligible. Talk about front court reinforcements.
Aaron [Harrison], a 6-foot-5, 210-pound shooting guard, told NBE Sports that Kentucky, Maryland, Baylor, and Villanova are the main schools being considered by him and his brother. He claims no favorites, but did concede that one program generates the most buzz when he and Andrew talk college. "Yeah, like Kentucky probably," Harrison said. "They put people in the NBA and their style of play is great." [...] Regarding Maryland, he commented, "Coach [Mark] Turgeon recruited us [when he was] at Texas A&M."via NBE The disclaimer that should always be used with quotes like this: don't read too much into it. They can easily be misleading, and there are so many variables in this recruitment that this type of thing is such a shallow view as to be basically useless. But hey, I'm a glutton for pain and most of you probably are too. So here, gorge yourself on Harrisons-related anxiety.
Sidelined much of last season by foot and knee injuries, Maryland’s presumptive starting point guard Pe’Shon Howard isn’t sure if he’ll be sufficiently healed from his torn ACL to be in the lineup when the Terps take on NCAA champion Kentucky at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 9. "If I don’t play, I’m really excited for our new guys," Howard said. "That’s a great way to come into college basketball, playing the defending national champions. But at the end of the day, it’s just the start of the season. It’s one game. I’ll be excited to be watching or playing, just to be in that environment. [...] "I think Pe’Shon will be 100 percent when practice starts if he doesn’t do anything stupid like trying to come back too quickly," Turgeon said. "We’ll have a lot more options than we did last year."First quote comes from the Post; second quote comes from Patrick Stevens at the Times. I'm assuming Pe' is just being cautious, based on previous timelines that had been bandied about, especially because it's often said that he should be ready by the time practice starts. But if he's not ... run Faust at point, with Cassell at the two? That'd be my plan. I don't like it long-term and SCJ should grow into a better point guard then Faust in time, but I'm not crazy about throwing him to the wolves against Kentucky in NYC. BTW: In the second piece, Turgeon holds his cards close to his vest regarding the point situation, saying each of Howard, Faust, Allen, and Cassell will see time running the show and off the ball. Be interesting to see how that develops.
Turgeon said that Damonte Dodd, a 6-10 forward from Queen Anne's County High School, is headed to prep school. Dodd had committed to the Terps back in February but had not signed his letter of intent. Turgeon also said that walk-on Jonathan Thomas of Frederick has decided not to return for his senior year after playing with the team last season.via the Sun Well then. The good news is that he'll get a lot of games against really good competition, which I do think will bring him along faster than just getting practice time in College Park. And give his standout performances over the past few days, he should be able to more or less walk into a starting lineup of an elite program. The bad news: he's still technically on the open market, then. He seems to like Maryland quite a bit, but Turgeon & Co. will have to keep tabs on that (which, in all honesty, is good practice anyway). Not a big deal and not worth worrying about, but enough to keep in mind. Two closing notes. First, where does Dodd go? I'd guess Notre Dame Prep, but he may prefer something closer to home (like New Hope, which is I believe in PG County, or one of the several in the Philadelphia area). Preferences/guesses welcome. Secondly, no Young Kobe or JT? Good lord. You're the man now, Lipinski.
"[The timetable is] around [fall]," Aaron Harrison Sr. told SNY.tv Thursday, confirming comments he made to the Kentucky Rivals site. "Their birthday is Oct. 28. They want to get it done before the high school season starts." The twins are down to four final schools, Maryland, Baylor, Kentucky and Villanova and Aaron Sr. said they would visit three or four of them this summer. "We’re going to visit Villanova and that’s going to be the first week of July," Aaron Sr. said. "And then Maryland will be that same week.Via Zags First week of July. Circle it on your calendar. All of it. Paint a rock. Print posters. Make 'em feel the love. Thing is, I can't imagine the visits will mean too much to them. They usually don't to one-and-dones, especially in really controlled recruitments like this one. But hey, go all out. After all, you don't want to look back and feel you could've done more.
"[Aronhalt] has good mid-range game, he can shoot it out to three and he's physical, but I just worry whether athletically he can compete at the highest level because of the injuries he has had," the coach said. "They've kind of taken away his athleticism. Maybe he can use angles and use his body to get to the rim, but it's not going to be above-the-rim type stuff. It's going to be old-school using his craftiness to finish at the rim. "Now I think, the intangible stuff, he brings to the table. He provides leadership. He's going to be a kid who works hard day-in, day-out. He's a good student. He's a winner. That's probably his biggest asset."Via The Dagger, an opposing, nameless America East coach gives a scouting report on Logan Aronhalt More or less what we expected, then. Smart, leader, experienced, and hey, maybe he can add a little bit as a shooter. Not like anyone else was going to take up the scholarship.