Weekly basketball recruiting roundup

College basketball coaches ran up their frequent flier miles this week as in-home visits to prospects began Wednesday.

North Carolina big man Damontre Harris hosted Florida's Billy Donovan, South Carolina's Darrin Horn and Maryland's Gary Williams this week. The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer checked in with his high school coach for an update.


Williams, Virginia Commonwealth's Shaka Smart and Wake Forest's Dino Gaudio are also in this race. And so it will be through a series of in-home visits followed by official campus visits to all five of those schools over the next few months that Harris will compile his research and weigh the biggest factors in his decision.• Maryland looks like a long shot to land San Diego forward James Johnson, based on this list of visits.

Arizona may also get the last chance to impress him: Ted Johnson said his son, who visited Cal last week and will go to Virginia this week, will consider a visit to Oklahoma and probably won't visit anybody else after going to UA on Oct. 3.


• Former Walbrook small forward Roscoe Smith's list of schools no longer includes Maryland, according to Zags Blog (via The Shiver).

"They both have a list of about five to eight schools," [Oak Hill coach Steve] Smith said. "They could decide late in the spring, or they could decide to end it early. Doron [Lamb] has about five schools he's looking at in Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona and UConn. Roscoe has a bit longer list with Kansas, Florida, Duke, Georgetown, UConn, Memphis and UCLA," Smith added.

• DeMatha shooting guard Victor Oladipo, a former Maryland target, committed to Indiana earlier this week.

Oladipo was strongly considering Notre Dame and had set up a visit before deciding that Tom Crean's Hoosier program was the best fit for him.

• Another one-time Terps target and DeMatha standout, Jerian Grant, committed to Notre Dame on Wednesday.

Grant is the son of former NBA forward Harvey Grant and the nephew of former Chicago Bulls forward Horace Grant. He chose the Irish over DePaul and Providence.

• The Maryland women's staff will visit Alicia DeVaughn, a 6-5 senior from Pompano Beach, Fla., next week.

It is that unique game-altering ability that has perennial Top 20 programs Maryland, Purdue, Louisville, Oklahoma, Georgia and others jockeying for DeVaughn.


DeVaughn's recruitment starts in earnest with Maryland making an in-house visit Sept. 16.