Weekend Wrap: Terps still in the running for shooting guard Darrick Wood

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Maryland remains in the mix for a top shooting guard target, and the Terps' stiffest competition appears to be the school where this player was originally committed.

NBE Basketball Report caught up with Darrick Wood at the National Prep School Invitational, and the Washington native and Bridgton Academy guard discussed his updated list of schools.

As it stands Wood still cites St. John’s as the leader in his recruitment but is also mulling offers from Connecticut, Washington, Texas, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Maryland, Georgetown, and Providence. He plans to visit Washington, Texas, and Maryland after the high school season and said that aside from St John’s no one is standing out to him at this point.

* Terps small forward signee Jake Layman guided King Philip to a 46-35 win over Mansfield (Mass.).

The Maryland signee made his mark offensively as well, with 23 points to go along with his 17 boards. He put the exclamation point on his night with under two minutes left in the game when he threw down an uncontested dunk. The Mansfield defense was chasing the ball in an attempt to foul and stop the clock, and his teammates found him under the basket alone for the dunk.

* Terps women's center pledge Malina Howard powered Twinsburg (Ohio) to a 56-48 win over Solon.

Malina Howard and Ashley Morrissette, key peices on Twinsburg's state championship team last year, continued their stellar play, contributing 44 of the Tigers' 56 points. Howard had 25 and Morrissette scored 19.

* Maryland-bound forward Tierney Pfirman had a big game in leading South Williamsport (Pa.) to a 72-39 win over Warrior Run.

Pfirman still scored a game-high 26 points, grabbed 19 rebounds, made four steals and added three assists.

* UM guard signee Chloe Pavlech scored 14 points to help Sycamore (Ohio) to a 48-39 win over Lakota East.

“The biggest thing I thought was for us not to lose our composure and I kind of knew at the same time, we needed a big shot for us to get pumped,” Pavlech said. “I had missed my first three threes, but the fourth one I had confidence it was going in. I was wide-open at the top of the key and I decided to shoot it. That just got us super pumped. From then on, everyone believed this was our game.”

Football recruiting

* GatorSports.com looked at the impending college decision of Good Counsel five-star wide receiver Stefon Diggs.

Diggs made his official visit to Florida on Jan. 20. The Gators and Buckeyes are front-runners in the race for Diggs, but a weekend trip to Maryland could pose a new threat. Weighing heavily in favor of Maryland is the fact that Diggs' Good Counsel teammate and close friend, Wes Brown, committed to the Terrapins on Wednesday.

* The Gazette spoke to Terps commitment and Clarksburg linebacker Stefan Houston last week during his Signing Day ceremony.

“Maryland just felt right and there a lot of friends there like [Graham] and [2011 Quince Orchard alumnus and linebacker] Alex Twine,” said Houston, who also held offers from West Virginia, East Carolina and Rutgers. “I watched Kenny Tate play the position they want me to play when I get there and I was impressed. Hopefully, some day I can be like him. It is going to take a lot of work and its big shoes to fill.”

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