Maryland recruits for 1991


Signed Geno Soto, San Sebastian, P.R. 6-8, forward: Signed last November. Played for two years at Teaneck (N.J.) High before returning home this season. Considered to be a good all-around player who could be a big surprise at Maryland.

Wayne Bristol, Beltsville, 6-1 1/2 , guard: Played both backcourt spots at High Point High School. Is expected to see some time in backup role behind Kevin McLinton and Walt Williams.

Denied admission Donyell Marshall, Reading, Pa, 6-8 1/2 , swingman: Had planned on attending Syracuse until the Orangemen fell under the cloud of an NCAA investigation. Very thin (180 pounds), but is one of the top high school players in the country. Signed with Connecticut.

Lawrence Moten, Washington, 6-5 1/2 forward: Had committed to Syracuse out of Archbishop Carroll (D.C.) High School last year, but was a Prop 48. Went to New Hampton (N.H.), a prep school, to improve his SAT score. Considered a stronger (200 pounds) and more polished player than Marshall. Likely to sign with Syracuse.

Jamal Phillips, Brooklyn, N.Y., 6-7, forward: Had been leaning toward Maryland, but didn't have results back from SAT results during early signing period. When the Terps declined to make an offer, Phillips signed with Rutgers.

Admitted, but went elsewhere John Smith, Columbia, S.C., 6-8, forward: Not heavily recruited, but chose Wichita State over South Carolina and Maryland to follow in the footsteps of distant cousin Xavier McDaniel, who played for the Shockers. Wichita State also signed one of Smith's teammates for insurance.

Still waiting to sign Johnny Rhodes, Washington, 6-5, guard: Orally committed to Terps during early signing period, but has yet to get more than 700 on SAT. A great shooter out of Dunbar High School, Rhodes appears headed for prep school.

John Walsh, West Islip, N.Y., 6-7, forward: Orally committed to Maryland this week, and is expected to sign this weekend. Played three years on Long Island before spending his senior year at St. Thomas Moore Academy in Oakdale, Conn. Has been compared to N.C. State's Tom Gugliotta coming out of high school, but needs to develop physically.

Still being recruited Devin Gray, Baltimore, 6-7, forward: Had been high on Maryland's list but still is waiting to take another shot at the SAT. A strong inside player who reportedly is considering Clemson, St. John's and Towson State.

Steve Nicodemus, South Whitley, Ind., 6-3, guard: Good heady left-hander, won the Arthur Trester Award for Mental Attitude, the second highest honor aside from Mr. Basketball. Also considering Michigan State.

J.B. Reafsnyder, West Chester, Ohio, 6-9, center: Not that athletic, not physical, but has good range. Had a great state tournament that piqued the interest of several schools, including N.C. State, Syracuse and Ohio State.

-- Don Markus

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