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Maryland Minute 8.14.09 - Greivis Vasquez a Serious POY Candidate, More Basketball News

Greivis finds a #13 ranking funny.
Greivis finds a #13 ranking funny.

Not a lot of news in Terp-ville today (seriously, we're talking about basketball already), but don't be worried - there should be a ton of stuff coming out tomorrow on the first scrimmage.

Andy Katz's Daily Word: Greivis Listed at #13 on POY
Vaz, gettin' respect.

13. Greivis Vasquez, Maryland -- Vasquez is a lightning rod for the Terps. He's either sensational or a bit erratic. When he's on, and if he were to lead the Terps to the top of the ACC, he'll be in the conversation for the honor.

Likewise, he's an option in a SportsNation poll asking you to rank the respective POY candidates. He's just a few dozen votes behind Greg Monroe at #10, and it appears you can vote as many times as you want - I know how I'm spending the next few minutes.

'Nova G Redding off team for 1st semester - Will Miss Maryland Game
Reggie Redding isn't a big cog for Villanova's team, but he did play nearly 30 minutes last year. That's a tough break for the Wildcats, but a lucky one for the Terps.

ESPNRise's MD HS Top 25: DeMatha on top, Linganore #2
Kind of expected this. Linganore will be tough to stop with Zwinak and Havenstein, but DeMatha has a ton of depth.

Dinich's All-Conference Team: Baltz the only Terp
Not shocked, coming from Dinich, but I expected Alex Wujciak to make it as well, like he did the real one.

More on ESPNU 100: Harris a Candidate for #1, Johnson and Kirk Make Appearances
Some notes:

In addition to the aforementioned trio, a few other players really seem to have distinguished themselves from the pack and have the potential to end this class as the nation's No. 1-ranked prospect. That group includes elite talents like No. 4 PG Brandon Knight (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Pine Crest), who missed part of the summer with an injury; No. 5 SG Will Barton (Baltimore/Brewster Academy); No. 6 PG Kyrie Irving (Elizabeth, N.J./St. Patrick); and No. 7 PF Tobias Harris (Brookville, N.Y./Half Hallows).


PF James Johnson (San Diego/Morse) plays an active, intense brand of basketball. He debuts at No. 69 in our latest rankings. Johnson has a versatile offensive game: He can pull opposing posts away from the hoop with his jumper. The 6-9 post is a skilled rebounder on both ends of the floor. Like so many big men at this stage, we'd like to see him be a little bit more consistent.


This isn't a great year for talent on the West Coast, but a few bigs from that region caught our eye this summer. Alex Kirk (Los Alamos, N.M.), a skilled shooter and passer, falls under that category. Kirk checks into the rankings at No. 97. At 6-9, he's more of a finesse big. Although he might not be a traditional low-post type, his skills could be utilized at the college level.


We mentioned him above a potential candidate for No .1, but we were very impressed with PF Tobias Harris' work ethic. He hit the gym hard in the offseason, and it showed at several marquee events. Harris has versatile skills that make him a very difficult defensive assignment for opponents.

NGC: Top Prospects -
Three Terp targets stood out:

Tobias Harris- Harris is coming off a very good summer. He is a nice looking athlete at 6' 8" who has an impressive face up game. He has the ability to put the ball on the floor and beat opposing big men with his quickness. He doesn't really play with his back to the basket a lot and he will have to add that to his repertoire to complete his package.
Terrence Jones- Jones is a long and athletic combo forward who displayed a nice all around game over the weekend. He showed flashes of being a bit of a point forward and has some impressive passing skills. He is more of a 4 than 3 right now and with an improved jumper, can be a prototype 3 man in the league. He's undecided on his school choice but is rumored to be an Oklahoma lean.

Since when?

C.J. Leslie- Leslie and Jones could be twins. They are the same height and have the same length and have very similar games. Jones has a better overall feel for the game, but Leslie has nice upside as well. He is somewhat a jack of all trades, but a master of none. He flashed some ballhandling skills, but he is raw at this point and uses his length, activity, and athleticism to his advantage, especially around the basket.

Quinn Cook Sees Rise Over Summer
Bout time.

Point guard Quinn Cook (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) really sustained the momentum from his terrific sophomore season on the summer circuit. He moves up in our newest rankings from No. 50 to No. 21. Quinn is a quick point guard who can beat you as a passer or a scorer. He has a tight handle and a deadly jumper. Most impressive is that he plays with no fear; he has the confidence to take and make big shots in big games.

Recruiting Report: Weekly recruiting roundup
Matt Bracken's trusty weekly roundup.

49ers Growing Tired of Vernon Davis
It's a shame that someone so talented is having these issues, but Mike Singletary seems like a really crazy coach. Fights in training camp are usually good things, and Mike Crabtree does need to report to camp. I don't see the issue. Niners fans, set me straight.

"It's his fourth year now. Now it's time," Gore said, via the Contra Costa Times. "I wasn't mad about having to run gassers. I just feel it's his fourth year now, and I told him it shouldn't be him now. Everybody makes mistakes but it shouldn't be him. OK, a rookie? I accept that."