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The announcement today that Tyree Evans has asked out of his letter of intent to Maryland should not come as a shock to anyone who has followed this soap opera for the past few weeks.

Evans, the 6-foot-3 shooting guard who went to one prep school and two junior colleges while pleading down to a pair of misdemeanor charges, will likely find his way to a Division I campus this fall, just not to College Park.

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Bobby Steinburg, his coach at Motlow State Community College in Tennessee, told me this afternoon that Evans came to his decision without any encouragement from Gary Williams or his assistants. Don't quite believe that.

While Evans' "decision" takes some of the heat off Williams for not telling athletic director Debbie Yow that he was recruiting Evans -- at least that's what Yow said -- it now puts pressure on the admissions office to accept Maryland's other big recruit, Sean Mosley.

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That's the proverbial "other shoe" to drop if Mosley, the former St. Frances star, doesn't qualify academically. The situation with Evans and Mosley reminds those who've been around the Maryland program of when Williams had Donyell Marshall and Lawrence Moten ready to sign with the Terps, only to have them rejected.

Stay tuned. This soap opera isn't over yet.

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