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Senior year has been good to Oak Hill (Va.) Academy's Pe'Shon Howard.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound combo guard committed to Maryland last month, has improved his scoring ability throughout the season and become something of "a hoops socialite" on the circuit. Earlier this week InsideMDSports.com profiled the future Terp.

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To top off all of the above, Howard has proven to be something of an advanced scout for the Warriors. A gym rat with an outgoing personality, he's gotten to many of the top high school players in the country, both personally and in terms of learning their abilities and tendencies on the court. His phone is filled with numbers of other players, and when Oak Hill is facing a tough opponent, [Warriors coach Steve] Smith knows where to go for a scouting report.

C.J. Leslie is apparently no longer considering Maryland. In his bi-monthly diary for HighSchoolHoop.com, the five-star power forward from North Carolina gave this Terps-less list of schools.

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I've basically got the same list of schools: UCLA, Oregon, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and N.C. State. That's pretty much it. I'm looking to set some visits up soon. I'm not sure when, but my next visit will be to Florida. I'm still looking to cut my list down, I just have to find time to do that.• Adam Zagoria checked in with New Heights AAU coach Jeff Rivera for an update on the injury to Maryland power forward commitment Ashton Pankey.

"Ashton's surgery was successful. He will begin rehab in 4-6 weeks. He is extremely disappointed that he will not be able to play and help St. Anthony try to win another title as he worked hard over the summer to improve his game but he is looking forward to getting healthy for his freshman year at the University of Maryland," said Jeff Rivera, Pankey's AAU coach with New Heights.

• The Arizona Republic's Richard Obert named Terps point guard signee Terrell Stoglin one of the Top 10 players to watch entering Arizona's state tournament.

This 6 -1 senior point guard will have his toughest time reaching the 4A-II final after steering the Eagles there each of his first three seasons. Tucson Amphitheater stands in the way with its hectic pace. But Stoglin rises in the biggest games. He is the best at spacing and pulling up for big shots. But he is an even better passer.

• Former Maryland commitment Terrence Ross won't transfer to Westwind Academy in Phoenix after all. OregonLive.com's Tim Brown reported Tuesday that Ross is back at the place he began his high school career -- Jefferson High in Portland, Ore.

"The first thing is to get him in classes and make sure his academics are in order," said [Jefferson coach Pat] Strickland. "We are inquiring about his eligibility, but all of that is in the hands of our school administrators, so we're just waiting to see what happens."

There are no guarantees, however, that Ross will suit up for Jefferson this year.

A few hurdles have to be cleared before Ross can play. Jefferson coach Pat Strickland said he would have to talk to the team before allowing Ross to rejoin. Jefferson would then have to request a hardship waiver from the Portland Interscholastic League, since students who transfer during the middle of a school year are ineligible according to Oregon School Activities Association rules.

• Terps junior forward target Desmond Hubert reached a milestone Tuesday night.

Hubert has 1,009 for his career and is the second-player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-career point mark. Riverside, though, turned Hubert's performance bittersweet by nailing 10 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

• Two future Maryland women's players were selected to play in the 2010 McDonald's All-American Game -- Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely center Alicia DeVaughn and Newark (N.J.) University High shooting guard Laurin Mincy.

"I was really surprised and honored,'' said Mincy, a two-time Star-Ledger State Player of the Year recipient and three-time First Team All-State selection heading to Maryland who has spent her senior year on the sidelines recovering from a pre-season knee injury. "It's a great accomplishment and should give me a boost of confidence going into college. I guess all my hard work has paid off. Looking back on my high-school career has been overwhelming.''

• DeVaughn's Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely squad recorded a 68-35 win over Palm Beach Lakes in the Florida Class 5A regional quarterfinals.

DeVaughn had a relatively quiet night with nine points as Ely utilized an effective perimeter game resulting in open looks for Talissia Carter and Kourtney Pendergrass, who combined for 12 points.

• Terps women's small forward pledge Alyssa Thomas led Central Dauphin (Pa.) to an 81-45 win over Bishop McDevitt.

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Alyssa Thomas led a quartet of Rams in double figures with 23 points and 12 boards.

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Football recruiting

• Wyndmoor (Pa.) running back Jamal Abdur-Rahman had good things to say about Maryland in this interview with Rivals.com.

"I plan on going to Maryland's junior day this weekend," he continued. "I've spoken to my position coach and I have a bond with them more than the coaches at any other school. They've just been with me from the beginning of the season."

• Good Counsel junior cornerback Blake Countess told Rivals.com this week that he has offers from Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Maryland, Notre Dame and Illinois.

"I like Notre Dame obviously," he said. "It's because of the history and I like Coach Kelly, and his attitude. I've called my position coach there too and he's really cool as well."

• Maryland is one of many schools interested in Manassas (Va.) athlete Dominique Terrell, according to InsideNoVa.com.

Terrell currently holds offers from 13 Division I programs: Duke, North Carolina, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Clifton Richardson, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete from Newport News, is another Virginia native on Maryland's radar.

He already has a good head start on garnering his fair share of recruiting-service love, considering he has scholarship offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Miami, South Carolina, East Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina State, Maryland and Old Dominion.

• Alabama hopes DeMatha junior offensive tackle and Terps target Cyrus Kouandjio follows his older brother Arie to Tuscaloosa.

Arie's brother is Cyrus Kouandjio, who is already projected to be one of the nation's top offensive line (and perhaps overall) recruits for next year's class. The younger Kouandjio already has a scholarship offer from Alabama, along with at least a dozen other programs from the ACC, SEC and elsewhere.

• Check out Testudo Times' early introduction to Maryland's 2011 football recruiting targets here.

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