This week, the five-star shooting guard from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln received some retribution by being selected to play in the McDonald's All-American game.
"I think McDonald's is more important than anything," said the 6-5, 200-pound Stephenson, who on Sunday became the all-time leading scorer in New York State history and who will make an official visit this weekend to Kansas. "If I didn't make the McDonald's I'd be more mad, but the McDonald's I'm happy to be in it."
Earlier this week Stephenson told Rivals.com he was considering visits to UCLA and Wake Forest, but SNY.tv's Adam Zagoria reports that those trips aren't set in stone.
Stephenson recently told me he had no immediate plans to visit any other schools.
"As of right now, no," he said. "The list that I gave everybody, I'll make sure I go to all of them. But right now I'm just worrying about Kansas and my season."
• The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Barker profiled Terps power forward recruit Jordan Williams in today's paper. The Williams family told Barker that Gary Williams' job security was an initial concern.
So [Jordan Williams' parents] went to [Maryland athletic director Deborah] Yow to determine what was going on. "The toughest part [of the rumors] is who is telling you the truth and how to sift through all this," Leron Williams said.
He said Yow told them Gary Williams would remain. To further assure them, Yow said she would put her claims in writing.
Williams' Torrington (Conn.) squad dropped an 87-71 game to Holy Cross on Tuesday.
… Williams (19 points, 23 rebounds, 3 blocks), averaging 36 points a game, showed Holy Cross more mobility in the first half, coming out to the high post and the wing on offense, lunging for every shot on defense.
But Turina's bigger hope came from the development of other players since that first game. Sure enough, they came through. By the half, Williams had 11 points, but three other players had significant points toward Torrington's seven-point lead, 40-33.
"Whenever any of my kids are being recruited by Maryland, I can't say, 'Oh, Gary is a great guy,'" Malone said. "Because I don't know Gary. But I would never do anything to push a bad relationship even though I don't know how it got the way it did. I will show Maryland basketball that Curtis Malone can be a friend of Maryland basketball."
Vinson, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward rated as the nation's No. 81 overall prospect by Rivals.com, is still considering Massachusetts, Maryland, Cincinnati and USF, according to Mark Karcher, his coach at St. Frances Academy in Maryland.
"We look at these big games as heavyweight fights," said Will Barton, who played a big role defensively, limiting Walbrook standout Roscoe Smith to 13 points.
• Terps power forward target Will Regan scored 36 points Wednesday night in the Nichols School's 92-90 loss to St. Joseph's (N.Y.). According to The Detroit News, Michigan coach John Beilein has made Regan a top priority.
Keeping in mind that adding more size to the roster is a major focus, Beilein is in heavy pursuit of Will Regan, a 6-8, 235-pound center/power forward from Buffalo. Regan has had interest from many programs, but reportedly has the Wolverines high on his list.
Parker finished with 14 points and a couple of assists. ... Hippolyte Tsafack poured in 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to complete his double-double.
Thomas, who pumped in a game-high 20 points, helped the top-seeded Rams piece together a titanic 19-5 second-half run that induced a 54-34 District 3-AAAA first-round victory Tuesday over Lee's Cougars.
With Central Dauphin nursing a 20-18 lead just seconds after the break, Thomas hauled in 10 of CD's 23 third-quarter points, shocking the Cougars.
10. Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.) 19-2 (2-0) -- Last four of five games the Crusaders have scored between 65-69 including wins of 28 and 21 points last week. Senior post Tianna Hawkins leads the squad with averages of 16.2 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.
The Shields sisters led the way, with junior guard Erin scoring 15 points and Kerri, a senior bound for Boston College, adding 12. Junior guard Natasha Cloud led the Lions (22-2) with 14 points.
Senior forward C.J. Brown leads the Raiders in scoring and had 18 points and 14 rebounds in a first-round win against Fox Chapel Friday.
According to Warriors' assistant Larry Williams, Young already has offers from Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Maryland.
Barr also reports that the Terps have already offered scholarships to four DeMatha juniors.
Defensive lineman Ego Ferguson Jr. (6-3 260) of Frederick, Md., is one of the most heavily recruited prospects on the East Coast with over 30 offers thus far. Those include Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Penn State, LSU, California, Maryland, N.C. State and Illinois. He went to a junior day at Maryland and might go to one at North Carolina. He also is considering an unofficial visit to Tennessee. He does not claim any favorites.