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Weekly basketball recruiting roundup

Bobby Maze picked up another nice honor this week. The 2008 Maryland point guard commitment from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College earned first-team NJCAA All-America laurels.

Maze became the first Blue Dragon since "Pooh" Hairston in 1994 to average 20 or more points for a season and is only the 10th HCC player to do so since 1968. Maze averaged 20.7 points per game, shooting 50.5 percent from the field overall and 72.9 percent from the free-throw line.

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• Today, The Sun's Don Markus looked at the potential impact of the additions of Maze and Sean Mosley to Maryland's roster next season.

Their anticipated arrival in College Park later this year should help a Maryland team that struggled with scoring and ball-handling down the stretch of what turned into a 19-15 season and ended with a second-round loss to Syracuse in the National Invitation Tournament.

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The Sun's Milton Kent caught up with former (and perhaps current) '08 Maryland shooting guard target Chris Turner at Sunday's Charm City Challenge. Turner recounted to Kent how his recruitment with Maryland played out last summer.

Mosley, this year's Sun Player of the Year, apparently accepted the offer before Turner did, which "really threw off my recruitment because I was really set on Maryland. Now I'm back on the market."

"I lost a lot of interest in [Maryland]," said Turner, who committed to Oregon State in December but changed his mind. "But I still like them because I would like to play in the [Atlantic Coast Conference]."

• Speaking of the Charm City Challenge, I shot a Mosley video, which you can view here. For better video and a more comprehensive package, check out DigitalSports.com's event recap and video. Scroll to the bottom of the page for a highlight reel, and also a one-on-one interview with Mosley.

• National Christian Academy power forward Dante Taylor looks like Maryland's top target for 2009, but Norfolk, Va. power forward Deshawn Painter, who's headed to Hargrave Military next year, could be another to watch, according to this article from the Newport News, Va. Daily Press.

Florida, Clemson, Louisville, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina State, Kentucky, Ohio State and Duke are courting Painter.

That type of attention lends itself to a certain degree of pressure, but perhaps even more pressure-packed is the mere fact that Painter is suiting up for BWSL, a program with a rich history of producing quality big men, like Alonzo Mourning, J.R. Reid, Patrick Patterson, Vernon Macklin and Duke Crews.

• St. Benedict Prep (N.J.) guard Tamir Jackson reportedly expressed some interest in Maryland earlier in the process, but the Terps did not extend an offer. Jackson made a verbal commitment this week to the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Tamir Jackson, a combo guard from one of the best high school programs in the nation, said on Monday that he would sign with UAB. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior from St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J., said a partial list of scholarship offers included Harvard, Miami, Houston and Virginia Tech.

• Maryland women's signee Lynetta Kizer was limited by the flu in the McDonald's All-American game last month, but the '08 center prospect was back to full health at last weekend's WBCA High School All-America game at South Florida.

Stanford recruit Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Maryland prospect Lynetta Kizer each had 17 for the white squad.

Programming note: I'll post a football recruiting roundup at some point tomorrow.

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