Another week, another twist in the ongoing Lance Stephenson saga.
According to USA Today, Maryland is still in the picture for the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln shooting guard.
Stephenson has narrowed his choices to Maryland and Arizona, his father said. "He's going to continue to work out and take care of his schooling," Lance Sr. said.
Adam Zagoria's sources say UM is joined by a different school on Stephenson's list.
Memphis is still trying to remain involved with Stephenson and Latavious Williams told me yesterday that if he ends up at Memphis, he would like Stephenson to join him.
Another source told me the other day that Lance told one coach he would announce between Maryland and Memphis.
The Arizona Daily Star's Bruce Pascoe wonders if Arizona will wait around for Stephenson.
It will be interesting to see if this case gets settled out of court or dismissed before then, but if it goes the distance, that puts Sean Miller in a tough spot: Does he try to land Stephenson before the case is over, only to possibly have him later found guilty? Or does he keep waiting, since UA could add him in mid-summer without any real harm done except him missing the start of summer classes, which most freshman take.
The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy thinks the chances of Stephenson landing in Tucson are low.
It's unlikely Arizona will add guard Lance Stephenson, the New York prep star who lists the Wildcats among his finalists. Stephenson is a talent, but [Sean] Miller will concentrate on landing players who have a serious future with the program.
Off the court, Stephenson and teammate Darwin "Buddha" Ellis will have to wait until June 29 to face sexual assault charges stemming from an incident last fall.
Stephenson and Ellis were charged with allegedly groping a 17-year-old female student outside Lincoln High on Oct. 3.
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"Coach Matta told me, 'We kind of made a mistake because of all your hard work. We've seen you develop,' " Weatherspoon told BuckeyeSports.com. "He said I'll bring my new skills to the program. I just had to keep working hard."
In 2010, North Carolina has McDonald's All-America candidates in Bullock and 6-8 forward C.J. Leslie of Word of God Academy in Raleigh. Leslie recently withdrew his commitment from N.C. State and is considering scholarship offers from many schools. Overall, there are seven players from North Carolina among scout.com's top-100 prospects in the Class of 2010.
"I do like probably East Carolina and Maryland," he stated. "They both want me really bad and I think I have a chance of playing immediately at those. They both have great defensive line coaches and have had defensive linemen get drafted."
"Right now I don't really have a favorite, I'm still weighing my options," he said. "I just want a school that isn't too far from home and a school I fit in at. I want good team chemistry too."
• InsideMDSports.com's Seth Hoffman recently spoke with several UM targets from DeMatha, including running back Marcus Coker.
"Probably my top schools are Maryland and Minnesota," he said.
Coker said he's been to Maryland about 10 times.
[South Carolina] is one of 25 offers for offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio (6-6, 314) of Hyattsville, Md. Some of his other offers are Maryland, Tennessee, Miami, Alabama, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Penn State and Pitt. He went to junior days at North Carolina and California and will visit several schools, including USC, over the summer.
• The Washington Post's Josh Barr caught up with St. John's Catholic Prep coach Jimmy Ward for an update on five-star defensive end and Terps target Ego "J.R." Ferguson.
Among the schools that have sent assistant coaches to the Frederick campus this spring: Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina, California, Miami, Southern Cal, UCLA, Connecticut, Rutgers, Oklahoma, Louisiana State, Florida State, Tennessee, Georgia, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State. "I'm trying to think so I don't forget anyone," Ward said.
Johnson, who is rated a three-star prospect (at the moment) by Scout.com, currently has 12 scholarship offers. That tally includes tenders from Maryland, West Virginia, Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State. Late last month, he made his way to the Great Lakes state to check in on the Spartans and Wolverines.
Young proved to be a versatile player as both offense and defense are potential fits for him. Credit must be given to Harbaugh and his staff as Stanford has very quickly established itself as a national player for recruits from all regions of the country.