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Terp Target Maurice Harkless Commits to St. John's

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Well, at least we don't have to worry about figuring out what to do on Maurice Harkless' unofficial visit to Maryland. Harkless, a 6-6 small forward that had been considering the Terps, committed to St. John's today.

(Also, this is what I get for stepping away from the computer after lunch).

All indications were that SJU was the team to beat for Harkless, and Maryland might've been #2 but they clearly weren't nearly as close as we thought they were. A few days ago, there were indications that he wanted to stay home for college, and you can't get any closer to home for Harkless than SJU, located in his own Queens. For the record, he's Steve Lavin's first major catch, and it's pretty fair to expect a few more.

Harkless is the second major wing off the board for UMD in about the past week. Dorian Finney-Smith also cut his list to three and left the Terps off; Maryland was considered to be pretty heavily in the running for both, so grabbing neither is a bit of a disappointment.

The good news is that it's been making more and more sense as of late to go after two big men and one wing instead of the other way around. Guards Jabari Brown and Nick Faust should still be the biggest targets, with big men Johnny O'Bryant and Adjehi Baru closely following. With the exception of Brown, Maryland figures to have a decent chance with all three (not sure on Brown).

Antwan Space, Greg Lewis, and Desmond Hubert are all still on the board, and I think it's safe to say that Maryland's no longer in the position to get picky.

As long as Maryland winds up with just one of their tier one targets, it's still an upgrade from the past few years. Luckily, that's still very possible.