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Weekly recruiting roundup

It was a pretty eventful week for Maryland power forward recruit Jordan Williams.

Williams poured in 47 points for Torrington (Conn.) High School on Tuesday. His last bucket prematurely ended the game with 2:26 remaining. The future Terp shattered the backboard at Naugatuck High.

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Torrington resumed its game the following afternoon, with Williams setting a school record for points in a single game.

In a two-handed dunk, putting back a Martin Mitchell shot off the rim with 2:36 left in the game, Williams shattered the Naugatuck backboard. When other options were exhausted, the teams finished the game Wednesday afternoon at Torrington High School in a 92-70 Red Raider win, including five more points by Williams, for a record 52 points.

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"When I broke the backboard, I couldn't believe it. I didn't go up trying to break it," said Williams, who came away from the explosion with minor glass slivers in his neck, arms and shoulders, but no serious injuries.

• UM power forward signee James Padgett (17 points, 13 rebounds) and Terps shooting guard target Lance Stephenson led Lincoln High to a big win Tuesday night with a noteworthy visitor in the crowd.

... Lance Stephenson dropped a career-high 50 points as Lincoln routed FDR 113-78 in the first round of the Brooklyn Borough Championships.

And he did it with Maryland Coach Gary Williams looking on.

Also on Tuesday, it was announced that Stephenson was left off the roster for the Jordan Brand Classic. SNY.tv's Adam Zagoria speculates on the reason for Stephenson's exclusion.

I can't imagine why these guys aren't in it, but it's a bad job by the folks at Jordan. If it has something to do with Lance wear-testing Under Armour gear for Lincoln, then shame on the Jordan folks.

"Yes, that's terrible," Lincoln coach Dwayne "Tiny" Morton wrote in a text message. "I don't believe that, in New York City at the Garden. He played at their [Nike] camps. He loves Jordan shoes. I know he wanted to play in that game."

Washington Post reporters Eric Prisbell and Steve Yanda wrote a three-part series on Maryland's post-national championship recruiting under Gary Williams this week. Part two takes an in-depth look at Williams' relationship with local AAU coaches.

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In recent years, Williams has displayed a "total unwillingness to engage third-party aspects in recruiting, and that eliminates so many kids from consideration," said a recruiting source intimately involved in the AAU scene who considers Williams one of the nation's best coaches. "If the situation looks anything less than high school coach, kid and parent, Gary doesn't even mess with it. It is so commonly known that he doesn't like AAU guys. It is almost impossible to think he can invite one into his office, have a meaningful conversation and repair the relationship."

• UM junior forward target Tobias Harris made the play of the game for Long Island (N.Y.) Lutheran on Tuesday.

Tobias Harris blocked a shot with two seconds remaining for Long Island Lutheran to seal a 60-58 win over Jersey City St. Anthony last night in a non-league boys basketball game. Harris sat much of the second half with four fouls but had 11 points and seven rebounds for LIL (12-8).

• Terps shooting guard Taran Buie scored 20 points in Bishop Maginn's 72-31 win over Amsterdam on Tuesday. According to the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union, Buie and his family are considering a move from upstate New York to Pennsylvania, bringing the family closer to Buie's half-brother Talor Battle, a standout guard for Penn State.

Buie's mother, Denise Murphy, has roots in Pennsylvania, and said Sunday she's weighing a move back to the state.

"We have been talking about this for six years," [Bishop Maginn coach Rich] Hurley said. "What I have always told Denise is you have to do what you think is best for your family. If you feel it is in your best interest to leave, then you have to go. It is going to be up to Denise. Taran and I have never talked about this. I don't want Taran to go, and it isn't just about basketball."

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PennLive.com's David Jones speculates on what Buie's potential move could mean for Penn State.

WGRZ.com posted a video feature of Terps power forward target Will Regan. The report said Regan's down to five schools, but Michigan might be the leader. On the court, Regan led the Nichols School (N.Y.) to a 75-56 win over St. Mary's on Tuesday.

Nichols went on a 9-0 run to end the third to take an eight-point lead and led throughout the fourth quarter. Will Regan had 32 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks and Conner Vander Griff added 12 points. St. Mary's got 19 points from Vince Kazmierczak.

• New Jersey small forward Daryus Quarles, who received some interest from the Terps, made an early commitment to St. Joseph's.

He will arrive on campus in 2010. According to Life Center coach Wilson Arroyo, Quarles' final list also included Syracuse, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Kansas, Duke and Florida also stopped by for a visit.

• Terps women's forward commitment Alyssa Thomas helped Central Dauphin (Pa.) to a 39-13 win over Mechanicsburg.

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Alyssa Thomas scored a game-high 19 points but worked hard running through screens to try to shed defender Ariel Arnold, who played a tough, physical match-up against the all-state player.

Football recruiting

The Diamondback spoke with Maryland defensive end signee DeOnte Arnett and Forestville coach Charles Harley late last week.

"When [Arnett] played Boys and Girls Club, he played for my father and he was a fat, crying kid back then, and now look at him," Harley said. "And then, in time, when he came to Forestville in ninth grade, [he was] still tall and kind of uncoordinated but didn't know what to expect. His sophomore year, we were pretty good, and he was pretty dominant for that team. That's when we realized this kid had the goods to be a great football player."

• UM offensive line recruit Bennett Fulper discussed his decision to go to Maryalnd with WPCVA.com.

"I felt most comfortable at Maryland. They stuck with me the longest, and I really liked the coaches and facility," Fulper said. "Getting up there and playing hard is what I am looking forward to. As far as the ACC goes, it will be a big stage, and I know everyone is watching every move you make, and the competition will be tough."

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CollegeFootballNews.com ranked Maryland's recruiting class No. 4 in the ACC.

What it all means to the real world of college football ... Since taking over the job earlier in the decade, Friedgen has never had much problem bringing top-notch athletes to Maryland. This recruiting cycle is no different. He protected his own backyard, getting a slew of terrific young athletes to work with on offense and defense. Now, he and the staff have to find a way to turn that talent into more wins than the Terps have seen in the last five years.

The Washington Post's Josh Barr has updates on three in-state Terps targets for the class of 2010: Forestville wide receiver Antonio Belt, Dunbar (D.C.) linebacker Javarie Jackson and Old Mill running back/linebacker Josh Furman.

Maryland offered its in-state talent first. Josh's dad, Tyrone, was a nose tackle for Bobby Ross. Josh also visited LSU's junior day last weekend. The Terrapins and Mountaineers are first in on the second-team All-State junior.

• St. John's-CP junior defensive end J.R. Ferguson has already developed into a national recruit, according to TerpCenter.com.

Oklahoma, Tennessee, Clemson, LSU, Miami, Nebraska, North Carolina and Penn State are just a few of the schools vying with Maryland for his commitment. Illinois was first to offer last season, while Maryland was also among the first schools in the mix.

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"He gets so much mail, it's hard to keep track of it. He had nine or 10 offers at the end of the season, and it seems like every week three or four more offers have come in," [St. John's-CP coach Jimmy] Ward said.

• According to the Altoona (Pa.) Mirror, the Penn State staff plans on battling Maryland for several in-state recruits once again.

Ego Ferguson and Robby Havenstein: It looks like Lion assistant Larry Johnson will be spending a lot of time in Frederick, Md. in the next few months. Ferguson is a 6-3, 260-pound defensive end, Haverstein a massive (6-7, 330) offensive tackle.

• College Park, Ga., defensive end Henry Anderson visited Maryland for a junior day event last weekend, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"They have a really nice campus and facilities," said the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Anderson, who has scholarship offers from Central Florida, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Stanford and Wake Forest.

NVDaily.com reports that Maryland is taking a look at Handley (Va.) junior athlete Jeremiah Wilson, who visited College Park for junior day last weekend.

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One potential Division I signee for next year is Handley's Jeremiah Wilson. The Handley junior running back/defensive back is already being looked at by several FBS teams.

Rayburn said that Wilson recently went to Maryland for a junior day camp, and both Virginia and Virginia Tech have shown interest in the elusive runner. Last year, Wilson ran for 1,400 yards and scored 19 touchdowns to lead the Judges to the Region II, Division 3 final. Wilson was also standout at defensive back and was named first-team All-Northwestern District.


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