Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln shooting guard Lance Stephenson has narrowed his list of schools.
According to Scout.com's Dave Telep, Kansas, Maryland and St. John's are in the mix to land Stephenson.
The five-star prospect sat down for a video interview this week with SNY.tv, which also mentioned Wake Forest as a potential destination. Stephenson discussed the programs on his list, and shot down a rumor involving the Terps.
There has been speculation that Stephenson might consider Maryland because Maryland has a deal with Under Armour, which has also given gear to Lincoln. But Stephenson plays in Nikes and said the sneaker affiliation of the school had no bearing on his choice.
"Ah, no," he said. "I'm just going in there and see what's best for me and my family and how do I fit in the program. That's it."
Stephenson and his father spoke to TerpCenter.com's Jeff Ermann recently about where UM stands in Stephenson's recruitment.
When he saw that Maryland had knocked off North Carolina, Stephenson Sr. picked up his phone and called to congratulate the coaching staff.
"That was a big win for them," he said, adding that the Terps remain very much in the hunt.
• UM power forward recruit Jordan Williams closed in on another milestone this week in an easy win for Torrington (Conn.) High.
Jordan Williams scored 16 of his game-high 45 points in the first quarter and now is just 13 points shy of 2,000 points as Torrington beat host Wolcott, 93-61, Tuesday in the NVL.
My most recent visit was to Maryland on Sunday, and it looks like a picked good date to go. The Terps upset No. 3 North Carolina 88-85 in overtime. The fans were crazy and the atmosphere at Maryland is great. It was a huge win for them (and no, sorry I did not rush the court haha).
It's the second straight City title and third overall for the Lakers, who got 21 points from junior Will Barton and a dominating 19 points from senior Cleveland Melvin.
"This is a huge honor," the 5-foot-7 Taylor said Monday afternoon. "When you look at it, only 12 girls made the team, and only 24 [will be at the game]. Twenty-four out of every senior in the whole country?
It's a huge honor."
Senior Tianna Hawkins, a University of Maryland recruit, and junior Tierra Hawkins teamed to score 36 points, including 10 during a decisive 12-2 spurt in the fourth quarter, as the Crusaders pulled away from the Wildcats in Gambrills, 65-46.
• Maryland junior forward commitment Alyssa Thomas led Central Dauphin East to a 58-33 win over Carlisle in the Pennsylvania District 3-AAAA girls basketball semifinals.
Thomas paced the Rams with 20 points and 10 rebounds in only three quarters. Bassett tacked on seven rebounds to go with her 10 points. CD outrebounded the Herd 39-21.
• Terps quarterback recruit C.J. Brown had a big game in Seneca Valley's 58-52 loss to Peters Township in the semifinals of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League boys basketball tournament.
[Peters Township's Nick] Wilcox also had 10 rebounds and offset an 18-point, 15-rebound performance from Seneca Valley senior C.J. Brown, who hit two free throws late in regulation, sending the game to overtime.
• Handley, Va., junior cornerback Jeremiah Wilson spoke to NVDaily.com about his recent commitment to Maryland.
"I was really surprised they offered me so soon," said Wilson, who is the third player to commit to Maryland in the Class of 2010. "When they offered it to me I wasn't sure what to say or what to do. I talked it over with my family and decided it would be a good choice for me."
• Manheim, Pa., defensive end Dakota Royer spoke with TerpCenter.com about his recent visit to College Park.
"It was very good ... They are up there right now," said Royer, who has offers from Maryland, Penn State, Colorado, Notre Dame, Illinois, Stanford, UConn, Michigan State, Kentucky and Rutgers.
"Maryland, Pitt, Penn State, Michigan State, Notre Dame -- those are my top [schools]," he said.
Cornerback Louis Young (6-1, 175), previously committed to Stanford but now exploring all options, is getting the most interest, holding additional scholarship offers from Maryland, Virginia Tech, Boston College, North Carolina, N.C. State, Pittsburgh and Kansas State.
"I'm starting to like North Carolina," he said. "Hopefully I can go somewhere like that or Georgia. I could do well in the cold, but I like it when it's warm.
"I love those programs too. I always watch them and Maryland."
"I got an offer from Maryland about a week ago on Tuesday," DeMatha safety Michael Coley said. "My coach came and told me. I like the school, it's a great school, but I'm not trying to make any decision. I'm continuing to stay humble and see how the season goes and what happens from there."
Knocking Michigan off its perch could be a difficult task for the competition, but it's not impossible. Christian plans to visit a number of campuses in the coming weeks to get a better feel for what each program has to offer. A trip to Michigan is scheduled for March 19. Visit dates to Illinois, Maryland and West Virginia are in the planning stages.