Very few class of 2010 recruits have had a better July on the AAU circuit than Tobias Harris.
The Long Island, N.Y., power forward and Maryland target was a clear standout at the Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C., this week.
Speaking of forwards who are difficult to guard, no four man in the class scores like Harris. Composed and efficient with the ball in his hands, Harris puts up points that will easily translate to the next level. His stock is rapidly rising.
One Big East assistant told Adam Zagoria that Harris is "the story of the summer."
"He's the best offensive forward in the country," the coach said. "He can face up, he can post up, he can drive. He can do everything. If they took a picture of his body from last year and compared it to this year, he can make millions of dollars doing body sculpting or weight loss ads. He looks thin, quick and bouncy.
Harris told USA Today this week that he models his game after a Baltimore native.
Harris would like to pattern his game after Carmelo Anthony, another big player who made a name for himself in New York state and can play every position on the court.
"I just like the way how he's 6-8 and he can shoot and do everything," Harris says.
Maryland remains on Harris' lengthy list of schools, which he plans to trim to five next month. Harris' father, Torrel, mentioned one piece of criteria to Zagoria that will be used in narrowing the list.
The family values loyalty and thus the coaches who have attended most of Tobias' summer games will have the edge.
"If the head coach ain't recruiting Tobias, they don't have a chance," Torrel said.
• Portland, Ore., power forward Terrence Jones -- who was tracked by head coaches from Memphis, UCLA, Maryland and Washington, among others, during the Peach Jam -- received praise during the AAU event for his toughness.
Forward Terrence Jones of Jefferson in Portland, Ore., playing for the I-5 Elite AAU team out of Portland, showed toughness after going down with a bloody nose when he took a blow to the face late in a 73-66 loss to the Georgia Stars. He stayed out briefly, was looked at by athletics trainer Amy Brown and went back in. He's averaging 15.4 points and 9.4 rebounds. "He's very tough," I-5 Elite coach Kumbeno Memory said. "He broke his hand in the NBA Top 100 camp and kept playing."
C.J. Leslie (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God) is a game-changer who's as passionate and versatile as Barnes and is continually improving as he tightens up his focus. His crowd of coaches backs it up as he said Connecticut, Oregon, Wake Forest, North Carolina and Kentucky were definites along with Florida, who he wants to visit in August.
It's hard to peg Oladipo's game exactly. Just know that it's darn good and only going getting better. Kind of like a sweet-dribbling Troy Polamalu, Vic roams the court until he finds what he's looking for. (Come to think of it, he's doing the same thing with his college selection. Indiana, Marquette, Maryland, Providence and UMass are anxiously awaiting his decision.) Still, the fast-maturing Maryland native (6-5, 180) appears poised. When he finds a consistent jumper, we'll all know how to properly spell his name too.
By the end of the week Cooney had his shot dialed in and had some very impressive playoff performances with his dead-eye jumper. Syracuse, Villanova, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Virginia, Ohio State, West Virginia, Rutgers, Delaware and Maryland are on his list. He has seen them all but Ohio State, but plans on checking out the Buckeyes soon.
Juan'Ya Green told NBE this week that he has an offer from Villanova and they are his current favorite. The 2011 lead guard also has offers from Maryland, Temple and St. Joseph's with Big East schools such as Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Georgetown and Providence showing interest.
Keep in mind that in order to qualify for the final Elite 11 invitation, players needed to attend either an Elite 11 regional camp or a Nike Football Training Camp and many quality prospects in this class chose not to participate. Guys like Notre Dame commit Andrew Hendrix (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller), Zach Lee (McKinney, Texas), Maryland commit Tyler Smith (Easton, Pa./Wilson Area) and Anthony Gonzalez (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty), just to name a few, were not under consideration for this very reason.
[Cullen] Christian's teammate, Ifill, has narrowed his list to Michigan, Pitt, West Virginia, Maryland and Rutgers. He has visited all but Michigan, and will visit the Wolverines on July 31.
When asked if he has a favorite school, Ifill said, "It's probably between Michigan and Maryland."
"I'm a big fan of Virginia Tech and Maryland," he said. "I've been watching them both since I was younger.
"I haven't heard from Maryland yet. I plan on sending my tape to them this season."
"I'm waiting to hear back from Pittsburgh now. I think they are supposed to offer me," he said. "Maryland wants me to come back to see me a bit more."
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