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Weekend wrap — The Bartons' choice

Lake Clifton standouts Will and Antonio Barton flew to Memphis on Friday to attend the Tigers’ elite camp.

Later that night, recruiting ended for the brothers when both committed to the Tigers.

“It was always our plan to go to school together, but we were ready for anything, [even] if it was to split up and go to different schools,” Antonio said. “But going to school together was always an option.”

Antonio said Memphis, Xavier, Miami, Virginia and Syracuse were five schools that offered both brothers. Maryland offered Will long ago, but landed its point guard for the 2010 class in April when Tucson (Ariz.) Santa Rita prospect Terrell Stoglin picked the Terps over Texas A&M, Penn State and San Diego.

Testudo Times broke down how the Bartons’ decision affects the Terps, and also looked at UM’s top remaining targets.

• According to ESPN.com’s Andy Katz, Maryland’s recruitment of Lance Stephenson is in a holding pattern until his legal issues are resolved.

Lance Stephenson is still out there for the taking, but Arizona isn't interested. Neither are a number of schools. Maryland isn't touching him while he and a teammate, Darwin Ellis, have a court case pending dealing with a sexual assault. The New York Daily News reported last week that Stephenson's attorney, Alberto Ebanks, claimed his client is innocent. The case won't be heard again until June 29.

The Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins argues for making freshmen athletes ineligible, using Stephenson’s recruiting drama as an example to support her case.

Stephenson, arguably the nation's most overprized high school basketball talent, would have to decide whether a scholarship is a priceless gift or an unwanted obstacle; he'd have to either commit to an education or forgo the charade and play a year in Europe, where he could learn to insult his teammates and coaches in a foreign language before he skips to the NBA and becomes Commissioner David Stern's latest ward.

Gary Williams made a whirlwind trip to Connecticut last week, playing in a golf tournament benefiting Torrington High School -- better known as the school that produced Jordan Williams.

Flying up Tuesday morning, Williams was picked up by [former Torrington coach Tony] Turina and one of his former assistant coaches, Jay Reginatto, who also left the basketball program at the end of this past season, at an airport in Plainville. He was back in Maryland later Tuesday night, but not until he played 18 holes, had dinner and spoke to the appreciative crowd.

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