Today marks the last day of the Fall Signing Period for NCAA basketball, and few are better equipped to assess Maryland's two-man haul than Dave Telep, the National Recruiting Director for

Here's Telep's bio:


Helped launch in 1997 and worked for The Recruiters Handbook; named director of basketball recruiting for in 1999; hired to be the director of basketball scouting for (now in 2001; has written for CNNSI, ACC Basketball Handbook, The Sporting News, USA Today, Yahoo!. Studio analyst Fox Sports "Countdown To Signing Day."

Telep weighed in on the Terps' class and other Maryland-related recruiting items (via e-mail) in this week's edition of 'Five questions.'

1. What are your thoughts on Maryland's class of St. Frances shooting guard Sean Mosley and Progressive Christian Academy big man Gus Gilchrist? How does the Terps' 2008 class stack up with the rest of the ACC?

It's a fine two-man collection. We've got it tabbed Top 20 nationally, which is what happens when you pair two Top 50-style recruits. These guys, in my opinion, should be a pair of ACC-caliber starters in time and there's great value in that.

2. What type of impacts do you expect Mosley and Gilchrist (assuming he redshirts this year) to have as freshmen?

I simply can't hide my affection for Sean Mosley. He's a kid I think you can safely assume crosses the 1,000-point mark over his four-year career. He's simply a solid college basketball player. I've often referred to his game as "old school," and I think that's a compliment in regards to his approach and overall impact. Mosley loves to play, finds ways to score and he's wired up to be successful.

Gilchrist has a bigger ceiling than Mosley, but may need a touch more time to get there. I think right out of the gates he shows his value as a shot blocker, and since I haven't seen him in a few months I don't know where his offense is. He's got loads of potential at both ends.

3. There was some talk that Australian/Sudanese power forward Ater Majok would sign with the Terps during the fall, but now it appears he'll wait until spring. Will Maryland continue to go after him? What's the latest on Majok's recruitment?

He's actually in the States right now touring with a team called the Heat of Virginia. They'll play this week at the Bull City Classic in Durham, N.C.; ironically on Friday morning he'll play at Hillside High School -- the home of former Maryland great John Lucas.

There's a chance he makes a few more visits and I know a ton of programs are calling in on him. The Terps are strongly in the mix, but this young man will wait until spring for sure. He simply isn't ready to decide.

4. What are your impressions of 2009 Terps small forward commitment Jin Soo Kim? What are his strengths and weaknesses? Where does he rank?

JSK is a shooter by trade. He's approaching 6-8 and his stroke is legit. His body will need to fill out to handle the rigors of high-major basketball. Right now he's got a high-level skill set and body that needs attention.

5. Is St. Benedict (N.J.) Prep big man Greg Echenique Maryland's prime target in 2009? Do the Terps have a chance?

Greg is going to make an academic-based decision. The presence of Penn on his list is significant and you can't discount him from shunning the big boys in favor of an Ivy League program.


As far as 2009 potentials go, here's a link to some early possibilities. However, I really believe this list will expand and that there's an effort to find targets by the staff as we speak.