I’ve basically got the same list of schools: UCLA, Oregon, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and N.C. State. That’s pretty much it.
We honestly don’t even talk about [C.J. Leslie's recruiting process]. He’s still wide open. There’re a lot looking at him, and some new schools starting to come around, and he will entertain and has entertained. He’s still wide open, and we’ve made a promise to each other that we wouldn’t deal with it until the season’s over.
Reddic played with great energy as he dunked from set plays, drop-off passes and over smaller defenders in one on one post ups. He ran the floor and rebounded on both ends. Reddic even displayed good ballhandling ability in the open court, going behind his back before outletting on one occasion. He was tough to box out because of his relentless pursuit of the ball as he controlled the glass in his area. Reddic also used his great athletic ability and mobility to block shots. Reddic made good decisions with the ball when doubled in the post with pin-point passing to an open teammate. Defensively, Reddic can defend both post positions and even a small forward in an emergency switch. He can drive from the high post area and hit the 12-15 footer with time and space. Reddic is still learning on the job and has great upside, but he is definitely one of the best unsigned players in the 2010 class.
Torrel says there is no doubt that the family has opted to stand by its commitment to the school.
"We're content on Tennessee," Torrel [Harris] said. "The thing is, Tobias is going to bring a different character and is going to draw other great kids. And they already got some good kids.
"Unfortunately, these kids did the wrong thing. That wasn't the right thing. But we're happy with Tennessee."
Friendly Reminder: Catch Pe'Shon Howard on ESPN tomorrow at 4 as Oak Hill takes on #1 Northland (OH). If you haven't seen Pe' yet (or 'Shon?), there's no better time than then.
"After (Ross's) commitment back in April he stayed around this summer and worked on his game," Vetter said. "He got better. He didn't play AAU, which I think was a big plus for him because he had an opportunity to actually work on his game, not just go around and play games. And I think that he got a lot better. The other factor, too, is his mom is out on the west coast, so I think she wanted to be involved in the decision. And when we talk in terms of Maryland, we don't talk in terms of a de-commitment. We just re-opened his recruitment to a limited number of schools, and the schools that he re-opened it to are some of the elite of college basketball."
"He still has a lot of interest in Maryland, and I think his decision will come this spring, and it will be a more informed decision," Vetter said.
Josh Langford (Huntsville, Ala./Lee) has been on a tear the last few weeks, which continued during this event. The 6-7 senior combo-forward and former Louisville commit, play extremely hard and should see his recruitment pickup as the high-majors look to reorganize their lists for the late signing period.
A source close to the situation tells us that Maryland "shouldn’t even be on [Terrence Ross'] list, because there’s no way he’s going there at this point."
The Oak Hill (Va.) Academy combo guard had scheduled an unofficial visit to College Park. Before making the trip, Howard told his father, Bill, that he would commit to the Terps on the visit if given the opportunity.
"When Coach Williams said [he was offering a scholarship], I looked at my dad and just started smiling. Then I told [Williams] I wanted to be a Terp."
"He’s a big, physical, strong guard," Smith said. "He’s a combo guard who can play either position. He scores if you need him to and he passes if you need him to. ... He always guards the best player on the other team. I don’t care if it’s a 6-5 guy -- I’ll put Pe’Shon on him. He’s our best defender and he has become a very good 3-point shooter. He’s strong, he drives to the basket and he has a good pull-up [jumper]. He’s going to be a really good player in college."
"It's still a nice class, but definitely there is no way to replace Ross at this stage in the game," Telep said. "So it's not a Top 25 class. It's a Top 25 class with him. When you remove him from the equation, obviously it takes a hit."
Added Telep, "It would be a tough pill to swallow [for Maryland to lose Ross] for the simple fact that the guy's a good basketball player. When you get to this point in the year, the guys of his caliber are just not out there in quantity. It would be very difficult to replace him at this stage."