One year ago, local basketball fans were treated to the inaugural I-95 Elite Challenge, a Baltimore vs. Washington all-star event featuring Mychal Parker (Maryland), Will Barton (Memphis), Eric Atkins (Notre Dame), C.J. Fair (Syracuse) and a host of other high-major prospects.
On Saturday, the Maryland Super 60 Showcase will attempt to do the same. The Baltimore vs. Maryland all-star event -- presented by InsideMDSports.com, DTLR and World Fed Apparel -- features three games Saturday afternoon at St. Paul's.
The event tips off at 1 p.m. with the class of 2013 game. For the Baltimore team, two players to watch are Patterson point guard Aquille Carr and Glenelg Country forward Warren Powers Jr. Carr, a 5-foot-7 freshman and Baltimore Sun first-team All-Metro selection, is already being recruiting by Maryland. Powers, 6 feet 4, is the son of the former Terps football player of the same name. On the Maryland team, Princeton Day Academy point guard Chris Thomas is the headliner. The 6-foot-5 freshman from Denver could be another future Terps target.
The class of 2012 game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. On the Baltimore squad, Mount Carmel forward John Crowder (6-8) and Digital Harbor guard DaQuan Cook (6-2) are ones to watch for Maryland fans. Cook, according to event organizer Dwayne Wise, is hearing from Maryland, Indiana, Kansas State, Tennessee and Xavier, among others. The Maryland team, meanwhile, features at least two Terps targets in Montrose Christian swingman Justin Anderson (6-6) and Glenelg Country small forward Isaiah Miles (6-7). Gilman forward Ryan Ripken -- son of Cal -- will also suit up for the Maryland squad.
The 2011 game is scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m. A trio of St. Frances juniors (point guard R.J. Williams, shooting guard Sam Cassell Jr., center Greg Lewis), Friends forward Jon Schmidt (6-7) and City forward Rashaun Rasheed (6-5) will headline the Baltimore squad.
Stoglin, a slight lefty, scored the game's first points on a floater in the lane. He made three of his first five shots and finished with 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting -- including three 3-pointers.
Howard, a rugged guard who relishes fancy passes and man-to-man defense, scored 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting and had three assists. He began his scoring with a vicious dunk and also had an impressive assist to a baseline cutter in the first half.
But Dieng isn't expected to sign with anybody today. Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford said he is preparing to play in an AAU tournament in Denver, and will take one official visit to Marquette and one to Maryland or Wake Forest. A decision is expected in perhaps a week and a half.
Several other schools have also begun calling about the 6-2 Rosario, including Tennessee, Kansas State, Maryland, Kentucky and Oklahoma, according to Jorge Fontan, Rosario's mentor and the father of USC point guard Jio Fontan.
Rodriguez made a visit to Maryland the week after the Terps lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament. He spent the morning there before tripping into the District, where he visited Georgetown.
At Maryland he met up with [assistant coach Rob] Ehsan, who tried to sell him on being the next Greivis Vasquez. Ehsan took him into the players' lounge and showed him video of Vasquez's game in Maryland's 79-72 win against Duke, in which he had 20 points and five assists.
The official roster won't be released until mid-May, but according to Rams' coach Bill Wolfe the 6-1 Maryland recruit was invited to the trials in Colorado Springs.
• West Virginia wide receiver Deon Long, a former Dunbar (D.C.) standout, told InsideMDSports.com that he would like to transfer to Maryland.
Virginia, Virginia Tech, New Mexico and Arizona are among the schools Long and his former high school coach, Craig Jefferies, have discussed looking into. But Long said he plans to appeal WVU's exclusion of Maryland in the release; such appeals are usually based on financial hardship.
"I have been to Maryland before, but it was my first time there in awhile," Bryant said. "Watching the practice, seeing the way they use their tight end position was really good. I talked to coach [John] Donovan. He showed me their history with Maryland tight ends going to the NFL, and the way they use them in their offense."
His offers are from Maryland, Notre Dame, Louisville, Wisconsin, Pitt, Cincinnati, Arkansas, Illinois, and West Virginia. Others showing interest include Clemson, USC, North Carolina, LSU, Virginia, Michigan, Oregon, and Oregon State.