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Maryland Minute 7.24.09 - Stoglin, Jones at Super 64, Plus Football Notes

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Terrence Jones (here) and Terrell Stoglin continue their assault at the Adidas Super 64 tournament in Vegas. (image via ESPN)
Terrence Jones (here) and Terrell Stoglin continue their assault at the Adidas Super 64 tournament in Vegas. (image via ESPN)

Stoglin Getting Love from Rivals
Terrell Stoglin is beginning a (very) mini-blow up at the Adidas Super 64 tournament. Says Rivals:

A physically sturdy guard similar to Golden, Stoglin was on top of his game Thursday. He loves to pull up from three, but the Maryland commitment can also attack the basket going left. He led Pump N Run with 21 points against the Atlanta Celtics. Vegas Recap - James Johnson
I really hope James Johnson becomes a legitimate target for Maryland. Easily the best big on the board right now, and guess what? He plays on Terrell Stoglin's AAU team. Here's a mini-writeup:

The Pump N Run Elite team had one player who looked solid in 6’9" James Johnson impressed with excellent post position and some veteran back-to-the-basket moves, and had a monster jam after cutting down the lane and taking off from a step and a half inside the free throw line. He is a little bit clumsy, but with a 7-foot wingspan, and toughness, he makes things challenging for opponents.

ACC Football Kickoff Starts Sunday
Ready for football season? I hope so, because it's ready for you. The ACC Media Day starts on Sunday, and there will be online streams starting at 2:15 on Want to know when to watch? Nolan Carroll and Chris Turner will be on the podium from 5:45 to 6:00 on Sunday, and Ralph Friegden will be interviewed on 3:42 on Monday.

Also, an important note: the home opener against James Madison (Sept. 12) will be on ESPN360. Pretty much what we expected, and all you Comcast subscribers will have it by then.

Prep star Terrence Jones showcases skills at basketball tourney - USATODAY
Jones is seeing a small blowup, too. USAToday is reporting on him, just like they did Tobias Harris after the Peach Jam.

Washington basketball coach Lorenzo Romar, North Carolina coach Roy Williams and assistant coaches from Oklahoma and Kansas were among those who crammed themselves into the tiny viewing area at the UNLV recreation center on Thursday afternoon to show their affinity for multi-skilled forward Terrence Jones.

The 6-9 Jones can handle, pass and shoot very well, making him a difficult matchup. He attacks the basket, rebounds and blocks shots — giving him a rare combination of tools that set him apart.


Jones, who will be a senior at Jefferson High School (Portland, Ore.), has scholarship offers from numerous schools —including Washington, Oklahoma, Florida, Kansas, Southern Cal, Maryland and Georgetown. Once the summer circuit is finished, Jones plans on narrowing his choices to eight teams, then further cutting the list so he can line up official visits.

Another Terrance Jones Note
We're not done with Terrance Jones links, at least not yet. If Roy Williams keeps watching his games, though, it may not be much longer before we are.

Some of the coaches left before the tipoff for the next game but they were replaced by, among others, Roy Williams of national champion North Carolina. Williams was there to watch 6-8 Terrence Jones (Portland Jefferson) and he didn't disappoint while leading the Portland-based I-5 team past Southern California's Team Odom.

In the same article was a note on Montrose Christian big man T. Jordan Omogbehin:

Lining up against him for the opening center jump was 7-2, 275-pound (or so) Jordan Omogbehin, a junior-to-be from National Christian in Hanover, Md. Omogbehin, runs fairly well but seemed to be about a half-tick slow to react on each play on either end of the court he had a chance to be involved in. He and Smith picked up a couple of quick fouls apiece and didn't spend a lot of time guarding each other the rest of the way. It will be interesting to see the kind of progress Omogbehin makes over the next couple of years.

ESPN TV deal will push SEC even further beyond Big Ten, ACC (CNNSI.COM)
Why is the new SEC TV contract a big deal? Basically, when you turn on ESPN this fall, be prepared for a whole lotta SEC, no matter where you are. This effects the Terps in recruiting and in terms of the new money sources the SEC has from their $2.25 BILLION dollar deal with ESPN. Hopefully, the ACC can negotiate a new contract soon, but there is no way the ACC will get SEC money. [from homertuck]

Maryland positional preview: Tight ends - D1SCOURSE
I mentioned earlier that you never need to worry about Maryland tight ends. Stevens continues to take level-headed approaches, and he's a bit more cautious than I am. I actually have very few doubts that the tight ends will pull it together.

Sean Kenny Hired as Terps Pitching Coach
That's a big-time hire. Pepperdine is a pretty big baseball program, IIRC, so Kenny has to be well-respected. I seriously think baseball could become a threat here if new HC Erik Backich is what he's advertised to be.