Former Lake Clifton standout Cleveland Melvin committed to Connecticut on Thursday, picking the Huskies over DePaul, Memphis, Seton Hall and South Florida. "When I go to school next year, it's going to be exciting," said Melvin, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward. "Jim Calhoun is a great coach. He's put a lot of NBA players into the league. Rudy Gay, Ben Gordon, Josh Boone, all of them had great impacts on their teams." Melvin, a Baltimore Sun first-team All-Metro selection last spring, averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks per game as a senior, helping the Lakers to the Class 3A state championship. Melvin is doing a post-grad year at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. "I think his style of play" fits well at UConn, said Anthony Lewis, Melvin's Amateur Athletic Union coach at Cecil Kirk. "He has almost freakish athleticism. ... And you couple that with the ability to get to the bucket, put it on the floor and knock down the mid-range shot, and he's just a natural fit for an up-tempo type of team."
Towson: : Calvert Hall small forward Damion Lee will play his college basketball at Towson. The 6-foot-6, 195-pound senior, who chose the Tigers over Quinnipiac, signed his letter of intent Wednesday. Lee, a Baltimore Sun All-Baltimore County selection as a junior, averaged 11 points and seven rebounds per game last season.
Men's lacrosse: : Maryland signed 11 players to national letters of intent for the 2011 spring season, including several from local high schools: attackman Rustin Bryant (Hereford), defenseman Emmett Cahill (Loyola), midfielder Brian Cooper (Archbishop Spalding) and defenseman Patrick Rhodey (Calvert Hall).
Eagles men win finale at Coppin Center, 72-61
Branden Doughty scored 15 points and had 14 rebounds to lead Coppin State to a 72-61 victory over Washington Adventist (1-1) on Thursday night. Eddie Hayden added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Eagles (3-1), who played their final game at the Coppin Center. They will move into the Physical Education Complex on Dec. 5. Washington Adventist is the former Columbia Union.
More men's basketball: Reggie Holmes scored a career-high 30 points and Morgan State earned a 72-61 victory against visiting East Tennessee State (1-2). Holmes was 9-for-18 from the field, including 4-for-9 on 3-point attempts for the Bears (3-0). He also had three steals. Rodney Stokes added 12 points for the defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champions. ... Chris Harris had 15 points in a losing effort for Navy (1-2), which fell, 63-53, to Buffalo (1-1).
Maryland baseball: : The ballpark has been renamed Shipley Field at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium to honor former Terps player Bob "Turtle" Smith, Class of 1963, and his wife, Carol B. Smith, who made what the university called a "seven-figure commitment" to support the Greatness Campaign, which provides money to athletics with the greatest need, and the "Home Run Club," which helps the baseball team.
- From Sun staff and news services