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Maryland Basketball Recruiting: 2012 Big Men Shaquille Cleare, Mitch McGary Liking Terps

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The NBPA Top 100 Camp, usually one of the best events of the summer, kicked off today, with a flurry of news, evaluations, and other recruiting-y things. We'll have a full roundup of Day One when the dust settles. But these two notes were just too juicy to wait. Behold:

Mitch McGary said Maryland is "without a doubt" coming after him the hardest.less than a minute ago via UberSocial Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Shaquille Cleare on Maryland: "There’s a good chance I’m going to be there. They’re No. 1 on my list right now." Story coming later.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Um, wow.

Obviously, both of those are open to change. But Cleare's comment is particularly encouraging, because he actually said Maryland leads, while McGary simply said they're recruiting him harder. Either way, it's pretty clear(e) that a commitment from Cleare still seems likely, while McGary's recruitment should be upgraded from "pipe dream" status to "legitimate possibility."

And that's good news. Before this weekend, the idea of McGary and Cleare, both of which are top 30 big men, teaming up in the frontcourt in 2012 was tantalizing. Now that some people are saying that McGary outplayed Andre Drummond today, seen by many as the best prospect in the country, it's even more dreamy.

Oh, and apparently Maryland is all the rage these days. "Buzz" doesn't translate to "results" necessarily, but it's a damn good start. Certainly no hating on that.