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There's apparently a new player in the Lance Stephenson sweepstakes.

SNY.tv's Adam Zagoria reports that new Memphis coach Josh Pastner has expressed interest in the five-star shooting guard from Lincoln High in Brooklyn.

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Pastner is now in the process of trying to reach out to the 6-foot-5 Stephenson, who could make a decision any day now between Kansas or St. John's.

The Brooklyn Eagle thinks Maryland's out of the running for Stephenson, while MaxPreps.com gives the Terps a five percent chance.

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The forgotten suitor, Maryland would love to land Stephenson. It would be a major coup for Gary Williams, who has come under fire recently for his recruiting. Given Stephenson's enigmatic nature, the fact that teammate James Padgett will be a Terrapin, and the school's close connection to Under Armour, Maryland is not totally out of the picture.

NBE Basketball Report believes St. John's is at the top of Born Ready's list.

"It's a done deal," claims one source who is close to the St. John's coaching staff.

FiveBoroSports.com named Stephenson its Brooklyn Player of the Year this week, while Lincoln teammate and Maryland-bound power forward James Padgett earned a spot on the first team.

Quiet and unassuming, he was easy to be overlooked, particularly since the senior struggled the first half of the year with an ankle injury. There was no coincidence that Lincoln started to turn it on just as Padgett got healthy. He followed up a solid regular season with an unforgettable postseason, averaging 16 points and 13 rebounds.

• Maryland power forward target Tobias Harris has switched high schools, according to Newsday.

The multitalented 6-8 junior forward, who led Long Island Lutheran to the Federation basketball championship, has transferred back to his old high school, Half Hollow Hills West, and will begin classes there next week.

Maryland made the cut when Harris narrowed his list of schools to 11 this week. Newsday's Bob Herzog lists UM as one of Harris' serious contenders.

Harris is being heavily recruited by dozens of major Division I colleges, with Syracuse and Maryland among the favorites. He is expected to announce his college choice in late September.

• Maryland power forward signee Jordan Williams was elevated to four-star status this week when Rivals.com released its final 2009 player rankings. Williams is now rated the No. 85 senior in the country.

• Lake Clifton shooting guard and Terps target Will Barton made Rivals.com's list of the top nine performers at last weekend's Boo Williams AAU tournament in Virginia.

Barton is a scoring machine in the mold of something between Rip Hamilton and Michigan's Manny Harris. Despite his thin frame, Barton's length and strength with the ball allow him to make plays against contact. His funky dribble game is sure to create space for his accurate jumper, and his instinct for coming up with loose balls gets him bonus buckets.

• Former UM target Tristan Spurlock decided this week to honor his commitment to Virginia.

"I am going to UVa next year," wrote the versatile 6-foot-7 Spurlock, who had been recruited for some three years by former Virginia coach Dave Leitao. Spurlock's decision comes as a sigh of relief to Cavalier fans – not to mention new coach Tony Bennett.

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