Weekly Maryland recruiting roundup

The addition of power forward Charles Mitchell to Maryland's 2012 recruiting class Thursday earned the Terps plenty of praise from basketball analysts.

Scout.com's Evan Daniels now has Maryland's five-man group ranked 13th in the country. While the Terps could add another prospect to their list, Daniels said it would be tough for Maryland to move up much higher. Mitchell's commitment, though, was significant.


"They just needed more post depth," Daniels said Thursday. "You can't really be that picky this late in the game looking for a post player. He's definitely a nice piece of the puzzle. [You've got] Jake Layman, a 6-8 forward, and Shaquille Cleare, who – just like Charles – is a space eater. Between those two guys, you're going to have a lot of beef on the interior. It's probably one of the strongest groups of players, with Cleare and Layman [as headliners] and solid guys in Charles Mitchell, Seth Allen and Damonte Dodd."

* Terps combo guard target Sam Cassell Jr. had a big game for Notre Dame Prep in the Massachusetts prep school's loss to Brewster (N.H.) Academy in the semifinals of the National Prep Championship.

Sam Cassell Jr. was outstanding for the Crusaders in Wednesday's contest. The uncommitted guard dropped in 27 points to lead the NDP effort.

* Layman, the Terps small forward signee, was named MVP of the Hockomock All-Stars.

The University of Maryland commit was consistently one of the best players in the state, averaging 26.3 points per game, including nine 30-plus point games and over 13 rebounds.

* Houston's Fox affiliate named Terps targets Andrew and Aaron Harrison the city's top high school hoops duo of all time. Check out the video below.

* Maryland women's commitment Malina Howard was named the Ohio Girls Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year.

Howard led the Tigers to a 22-3 record and a berth in the Division I regional final, scheduled for Friday. She averaged 18 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.6 assists through 25 games.

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