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Maryland women land Pa. combo guard

The Maryland women's basketball team received a commitment from combo guard Natasha Cloud on Friday.

Cloud, a junior at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, Pa., picked the Terps over offers from Ohio State, Miami, Pittsburgh, St. Joseph's and Villanova, among others.

“She’s a great athlete,” said Cardinal O’Hara head coach Linus McGinty. “At 6 feet, she can play the point; she plays it for us. She’s very unselfish. She likes to guard the other team’s best player. She’s a great rebounding guard. She’s been working on [shooting] threes and jump shots. She’s gotten better.”

McGinty said Cloud is an excellent teammate who plays with great energy. She’s an integral part of Cardinal O’Hara, which is currently ranked as the nation’s No. 6 team according to USA Today.

“I think she’s much more of a leader this year,” McGinty said. “She has a great grasp for the game and has great instincts. She can pass the ball and create her own shot as opposed to just making the easy pass.”

Cloud scored 12 points in her team’s 59-27 season-opening win over St. Hubert last week. As a sophomore, she averaged 6.5 assists per game.

Cloud’s commitment gives Maryland two verbal pledges for the 2010 class. Central Dauphin (Pa.) wing Alyssa Thomas committed to UM in October.

Check back with Recruiting Report later this week for more on Cloud.

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