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Maryland Minute 6.19.09 - More on the NBA Top 100 Camp, Former Terps


Rivals' Day Three NBPA Roundup
No reports on any Terp targets, but we do learn that Justin Coleman has fallen back to earth. He's now 10th in the camp in scoring, averaging 13 a game. Michael Gbinije is also in the top 15, at 13 with 12.7 a game. With the amount of talent at this camps, those numbers are actually pretty good. Still wondering where the highly recruited guys from 2010, like Tobias, Roscoe, CJ Leslie, and Terrence Jones are, but I'm sure they'll pop up eventually.

The Story of Gary and Greivis
By now, you know that Gary and Greivis are two of a kind. They're ridiculously similar and love each other like family. Mike Wise has a heartwarming story on just that similarity. The article is pretty much (no, is) a must-read, especially because it's not that long. It got me thinking - next year could be really special, for both Gary and Greivis (and, by extension, Maryland).

Clemson Lands 2009 Recruit
2009 SF Noel Johnson committed to Clemson today. Johnson had been signed to USC until Tim Floyd resigned.

Johnson, a 6-foot-7, 185-pound wing from Fayetteville, Ga., committed to Clemson over Louisiana State on Friday night. He is rated as the nation’s No. 53 prospect by and No. 56 by Regarded primarily for his 3-point shooting stroke, Johnson could immediately help fill the sudden void left by guard Terrence Oglesby’s unexpected and unplanned for decision to turn pro and play in Europe.

Johnson rounds out a halfway decent 2009 class for the Tigers. Not great, but pretty good, especial if Johnson can stretch the D the way Oglesby did.

SLAM looks back on Len Bias
It's the 23rd anny of Len's death. Good read, pulled my heartstrings (or whatever that phrase is). RIP Len.

Injuries continue to derail Heyward-Bey
Hey-Bey's gotta get healthy soon. He was probably going to be thought of as a bust no matter what he did, unless he became a three or four time Pro Bowler. Being injured all the time isn't going to help.

The Oakland Raiders went against the grain with their selection of wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey with the seventh overall pick in April's NFL draft; although extremely early, their risk has provided little return thus far. Heyward-Bey has been injured on two different occasions, and with so much invested in the rookie wideout, the Raiders are hopeful the trend quickly comes to a halt. While the cause of Heyward-Bey’s recent rash of injuries is uncertain, there’s no denying the distress and caution it has created.

Recruiting Report: Weekly Recruiting Roundup
No Friday MM is complete without one of these babies.

Did UNC offer Leslie?
That could be a big hit for the Terps, if true. The wording is confusing as hell - it sounds like UNC said that if he wanted to commit right now, then there's a scholarship for him, but if he wants to do it later, they'll have to thinkabout it. Honestly, I don't know what it means. I don't think UNC would offer either Leslie or Roscoe Smith while Harrison Barnes is still on the table, but anything is possible.

"If I was to go ahead and be ready to commit now, then (Williams) said that’d be a different thing, but he really wants to study me," said Leslie on Thursday after playing in his first game at the NBAPA Top 100 Camp in Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena. "But if I want to go ahead and lock it down now, I could basically do that."

Want a wallpaper of a former Terp target?
SLAM has you covered with a $$$ Lance wallpaper. I wish I had found this a couple of weeks ago, when, you know, we actually still cared.

What's Sarunas Jasikevicius been up to lately?
Forcing Nick Calathes out of a job, that's what.

But Calathes has kept his name in next week’s NBA draft. Ford writes that Calathes may be having second thoughts about Greece because Panathinaikos just signed another guard in Sarunas Jasikevicius, the former Maryland Terrapin and two-year NBA veteran who signed with Panathinaikos on June 4.

Terps > Gators. Fact.

Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver Meet Again
Been wondering how two of our favorite Lady Terps have been doing lately? Well, they go head-to-head Saturday night, and the WaPo uses this as an excuse to let us know what they've been up to.

Less than a month into the season, the two rookies have had mixed results on the court. Coleman, the second-leading scorer in Maryland history, averaged 12.7 points in her first three games, but is sidelined with a high-ankle sprain. Toliver, the ACC player of the year, is averaging 3.5 points in 9.5 minutes per game. Both players are reserves, after making a combined 261 starts at Maryland.

Want another "Where Are They Now?" Story?
You've got one - this time, Jordan Steffy.

So, instead of heading to a pro football training camp, Steffy is moving on with his life. He's been accepted to Georgetown Law School, where he'll pursue his master's degree in real estate development - he also has a degree in kinesiology. He's even considered getting into politics sometime down the road.

Even if I didn't exactly like Steffy on the field, he was a great Terp and a great person. Good to see him doing well.