First things first: For any area hoops fans with a clear schedule on Saturday, head out to the Madison Square Dome in East Baltimore for the fourth annual bmorehoops.com All-Star game.
There will be free food, drinks, school supplies for the kids and some really, really good basketball. Here's a partial list of local participants in the headline game:
Josh Selby, Josh Corbett , Roscoe Smith, Will Barton, Antonio Barton, Donte Holmes, CJ Fair, Eric Atkins, Justin Jackson, Jordan Latham, Greg Lewis, Nardi Bogues , George Jackson, Davon Saddler, Isaiah Philmore, Leshon Edwards, Que Goodwin, Stewart Clarke, Andrew Fitzgerald, Alex Big Red Jackson, Isaiah Armwood, Terrell Vincent, Adam Johnson, Nick Groce, Naji Hibbert
For the full schedule of events, check out bmorehoops.com.
Sadly, I'll be chained to my desk all day Saturday, updating the site (thanks to Michael Phelps' potentially record-breaking night , the Ravens' second preseason game and the Orioles-Tigers game), so for anyone that attends, feel free to post your take on the event in the comments section of this post.
So what does Isaiah think of the Big East anyway? "I'm really an ACC guy, but I just like certain schools from the Big East," mentioning, "Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Rutgers, and Georgetown."
Epps, who indicated that he will play point guard in college, despite the fact that he may grow to 6-foot-4, does not have a clear leader between Pitt and Maryland at this point in time. When asked who he would sign with if signing day was tomorrow, he was really unsure, "I really don't know ... [I'm] still thinking with my mom."
"I'm just planning out who I will be visiting with in September," Crump told Beaverblitz.com. "Shortly after that I'll make a commitment. I'm looking for a school to have a sincere interest in me and where I'll have the opportunity to play and get a great education. I also want to be around good people."
Crump has already taken unofficial visits to Maryland and Rutgers, but he still plans to take officials in September to Michigan and Oregon State, said his AAU coach Mark Matthew of AZ Pump 'n' Run.
• Seneca Valley forward Jordan Goodman will be a sophomore this fall, but according to TurtleSportsReport.com, he was considering committing to the Terps this summer.
He's received serious interest from Memphis, Tennessee, UCLA and Kansas State in addition to Maryland, but the Terps remain at the top of his early list. In fact, the Goodman was planning to commit to Maryland during the next week or so until his father decided it would be best to wait a bit, they said.
"We are truly considering going to Maryland, but my only concern with my son is he needs to show his dedication and determination to go to that level," said Dion Goodman, whose son was academically ineligible last year at Wise High in Upper Marlboro. "I want him to have one more year of not having that pressure, not having to look over his shoulder and also to show that he's able to play athletically as well as scholastically ... Time really goes fast after this year."
"They've been on me the longest," Spurlock said. "They know exactly how I play. They knew what they were getting in me and vice versa."
Spurlock reportedly had offers from traditional powers Georgetown and Louisville on the table, as well as Clemson, Wake Forest and Villanova.
Brown was a late bloomer on the football field. He played for the first time in sixth grade when he lined up at running back, but said he "didn't feel like playing anymore because I was more focused on basketball and was traveling for baseball." It was only a matter of time, though, before Brown, who averaged 14 points per game as a point guard last season, realized football was his calling. His father, Clark Brown, played quarterback at Michigan State, and C.J.'s strong arm and stature screamed quarterback.
Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard cornerback Travis Hawkins has had impressive offers from the beginning of the recruiting process, but the 5-10, 181-pounder didn't show his defensive prowess until Florida's Friday Night Lights Camp in late July. Hawkins, who has offers from Florida, Ohio State, Michigan, Georgia, Oklahoma, Penn State and plenty of other heavyweights, worked out as a wide receiver the two previous times he was evaluated in person. But in The Swamp under the lights, he showed why he's one of the nation's top cornerback prospects. Hawkins checks in at No. 192.
While [Manti] Te'o may be one of the more college-ready OLBs right now, in terms of pure upside, we have not seen a defensive prospect like Jelani Jenkins (Wheaton, Md./Good Counsel) in years. ESPN's No. 2-rated OLB turned heads as a junior last fall with his great range and rare explosiveness closing in space. The intriguing part -- he was only 15 years old. The only traits this fast, attacking defender lacks right now are size and strength to shed bigger blockers, but we expect his longer, leaner frame to blossom to the 6-foot-2, 230-pound range in college -- while he retains his great speed and athleticism.