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The Maryland men's basketball coaching staff has been out in full force for the beginning of July's open evaluation period, which started this week.

Never was that more evident than Thursday at the adidas Invitational in Indianapolis during the Houston Defenders' game against D.C. Assault. The Washington Post's Josh Barr reported that Mark Turgeon, Bino Ranson and Dalonte Hill were on hand to watch point guard targets Andrew Harrison and Nate Britt do battle.

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In the end, Britt — perhaps tired in his second game of the day after an overnight bus trip — struggled a bit against the 6-foot-6 Harrison's size, and finished with 10 points, Harrison had 19 and Houston squeaked out a 65-64 victory.

Andrew Harrison gave MaxPreps.com a list of schools after the game.

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Harrison, ranked No. 5 by CBSSports.com/MaxPreps, listed Maryland, Kansas, Kentucky, Baylor, Arizona, Texas, Texas A&M and North Carolina.• Rivals.com's Eric Bossi scouted Maryland combo guard commitment Seth Allen at the Reebok Breakout Challenge in Philadelphia.

After a bit of a slow start, the 6-foot-2 rising senior got things rolling a bit on Thursday. He can shoot from outside, creates offense for himself and is a sneaky athlete. He looks to be one of those guys who will serve the role of designated jump shooter in college.

The Washington Post's Eric Prisbell caught up with Allen after the event.

"I am very excited about Maryland," Allen said. "But I am playing right now like I don't have a scholarship, like I am still fighting for one."

• Rivals.com's Jerry Meyer updated the recruitment of Houston center Shaquille Cleare.

Shaquille Cleare of the Houston Defenders said he likes Maryland a lot, but it is no guarantee that he will commit there. He named Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor and Maryland as the other schools in the mix.

• National Recruiting Spotlight conducted an extensive interview this week with DeMatha center Bee Jay Anya.

Another thing that will certainly impact Anya's decision is the coaching carousel this off-season in college basketball. Says Anya, "I had a good relationship with the Maryland coaches but then [former head coach] Gary Williams left and I haven't had the chance to talk to the new staff at Maryland."

• MaxPreps.com this week profiled Maryland forward target Amile Jefferson.

His play has attracted the attention of Villanova, Temple, Maryland, North Carolina State, Connecticut, Ohio State and Harvard. What's made Jefferson that much more attractive to college scouts is the versatility he's added to his game. The No. 14 player in the recently released MaxPreps Class of 2012 rankings is no longer a back-to-the-basket player who relies on his teammates to feed him.

• The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer's Dan Wiederer spoke to Brewster (N.H.) Academy coach Jason Smith for his take on Terps target and five-star center Mitch McGary.

"Through his first month here, as much skill as he had, he spent an awful lot of time floating out to and all around the perimeter," Smith says. "So we took a day to introduce him to the paint. We measured him and showed him that he was 6-10. And while it's great to step out and be able to knock down shots, we stressed with Mitch that he had to grapple inside and do the dirty work as well."

Almost instantly, the message sunk in.

• Baltimore Sports & Life conducted a Q&A this week with CBSSports.com's Jeff Borzello, who included his take on the recruitment of Nate Britt.

He's a heavy Georgetown lean, with Duke (and maybe UNC) as the other team who could seriously threaten for him.

• ESPN.com's Adam Finkelstein was impressed by Clarksburg center Andre Walker at Hoop Mountain's Super Week II.

He combines his size and length with great mobility for a guy his size and good touch that extends all the way out to 18 feet. DePaul and Maryland are working on him early, but that list is bound to grow by the end of the summer.

Football recruiting

• The Terps got a commitment this week from P.J. Gallo -- a tight end from Council Rock South in Holland, Pa. -- according to Scout.com. Check back with Recruiting Report later for more on Gallo's pledge.

• Greenbelt Patch spoke to Eleanor Roosevelt quarterback/linebacker Shawn Petty about his commitment to Maryland.

"I've been here for, like, six years now," he said, "so I mean, I really like the Terrapins. I've been to a lot of games and things like that."

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