The University of Maryland basketball team received good and bad news last week regarding its two incoming recruits: Forward Terence Morris of Frederick finally received the college board score he needed for eligibility as a freshman, but guard Juan Dixon of Baltimore did not.
It means that Morris, pending the approval of his score later this summer by the national clearinghouse, will likely play for the Terrapins next season. Dixon, who can still try to gain his eligibility for the spring semester beginning in January, might redshirt.
Considering the team's needs, Morris is expected to step into a key role in helping fill All-American Keith Booth's void. Aside from Morris, who at 6 feet 8, 195 pounds can play small forward and shooting guard, the Terrapins will add redshirt freshmen 7-foot Mike Mardesich and 6-7 LaRon Cephas.
The probable loss next season of Dixon, of Calvert Hall, isn't as devastating because Maryland's depth at shooting guard includes junior Laron Profit and senior Sarunas Jasikevicius. Dixon, 6-2, 150 pounds, could use the year to gain weight and point guard experience.
Morris was considered among the country's top 20 high school players last season at Thomas Johnson High School. Recruiting experts compare Morris to former Terrapin star Walt Williams, saying that Morris is further along at this point in his career than Williams was after high school.
Neither Morris nor Dixon was available to comment.
Pub Date: 7/13/97