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Weekly Maryland recruiting roundup

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One of the top available college basketball transfers has Maryland on his short list.

Evan Smotrycz, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward from Reading, Mass., is leaving Michigan after two seasons. He told Scout.com this week that he's considering Baylor, Colorado, Clemson, Maryland, Providence and Xavier.

"As of right now, I'm going to Providence this upcoming weekend," Smotrycz said. "Then to Maryland the following weekend, then possibly Colorado the next weekend."

A four-star prospect in 2010 out of New Hampton Prep, Smotrycz averaged 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds as a freshman in Ann Arbor. During the 2011-12 season, Smotrycz put up 7.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He shot 48 percent from the field, including 43 percent from 3-point range.

Check out highlights below from the Wolverines' win over Clemson in the 2010 ACC/Big 10 Challenge. Smotrycz scored a then-career high 18 points against the Tigers.

* The New York Post reports that Brooklyn, N.Y., shooting guard and Terps target Thaddeus Hall will visit South Carolina next week.

He has offers from Fordham, South Carolina, Dayton, St. John’s, Hofstra, Virginia Tech and Maryland. Hall has visited St. John’s unofficially and may see Maryland as well. He plans to commit sometime near the end of April.

* Maryland fans will have four (if not five) reasons to check out the Capital Classic on April 21 at T.C. Williams High in Alexandria, Va.

The U.S. roster is most certainly Terps-heavy. Center Shaquille Cleare of The Village School (Tex.), Fredericksburg Christian guard Seth Allen, Queen Anne’s County (Md.) forward Damonte Dodd and forward Charles Mitchell of Wheeler (Ga.) — all Terps recruits — are on the U.S. roster.

Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) guard Sam Cassell, Jr., who has drawn headlines regarding the status of his commitment to Maryland, will play for the U.S. all-stars.

* For the second straight season, Maryland women's center commitment Malina Howard has been named the Cleveland Plain Dealer's girls basketball Player of the Year.

"It was tougher winning it this time because we had a target on our back," said Howard, who averaged 13.5 points, 14 rebounds, 2.5 blocked shots and two assists in the state semifinals and final. "Every team brought their A-game every time they played us but we were able to stay focused.

* Terps forward signee Tierney Pfirman was profiled by the Sun Gazette of Williamsport, Pa., after her fourth consecutive selection to Pennsylvania's all-state team.

Pfirman could probably run for South Williamsport mayor and win in a landslide. It's not a stretch to say she might be the most popular Mountie athlete in school history. Every time Pfirman played at home, it felt like a community celebration with the crowd going wild every time she made a good play. Even in an early-season win at Lewisburg opposing students lined up to receive autographs.

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