Weekend Wrap: Future Terps put on show at Capital Classic

Five of Maryland's six 2012 basketball commitments led the U.S. All-Stars to a 105-93 win over the Capital All-Stars on Saturday night at the Capital Classic in Alexandria, Va.

Center Shaquille Cleare led the future Terps with 14 points, while combo guard Sam Cassell Jr. -- who revealed his re-commitment to Maryland at the game -- scored 12, combo guard Seth Allen had 10, power forward Charles Mitchell added seven and power forward Damonte Dodd contributed six.


Check out highlights of all five Maryland commitments at the Capital Classic, courtesy of InsideMDSports, below. The Terps pledges' numbers are: Cassell (1), Mitchell (2), Allen (4), Dodd (42), Cleare (44).

* The Washington Examiner's Kevin Dunleavy ranked Maryland's five Capital Classic participants in terms of college readiness. Cleare checked in at No. 1.

Maryland lists him at 6-foot-9, but he's probably closer to 6-7. He looked all of his 260 pounds, however, and in a good way. He's built like a tight end and has excellent hands and a no-nonsense low-post game. Cleare will contribute immediately.

* The Washington Post profiled Dodd over the weekend in advance of the Capital Classic.

“I like [basketball] a lot better now,” said Dodd, who averaged 24 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks as a senior at Queen Anne’s County High. “It’s a lot more fun to play because I’m actually good at it. When you start off and you’re not good, you’re like, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore.’ But now that I’m actually good, I don’t mind sticking with it. You just got to have the love of the sport.”

* NBE Basketball Report delivered a recap of the Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jamfest on Saturday. The report included notes on Terps targets Rysheed Jordan, Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison.

Regarded as a top five player in 2013, [Andrew] Harrison did nothing to prove otherwise on Saturday. The 6'5" point guard handled the rock, showed off his nasty crossover and great vision, and was able to get his shot off whenever and wherever he wanted. He and his twin brother Harrison listed a top four of Kentucky, Maryland, Villanova, and Baylor but said that doesn't mean that another school can't still get into the picture with them.

* Two junior college prospects that reportedly received some Terps interest committed Sunday to St. John's, according to Adam Zagoria.

Orlando Sanchez, a 6-foot-9 forward, and Marco Bougault, a 6-6 sharp-shooting wing, of Monroe (N.Y.) College both pledged to the Johnnies on their weekend visit.

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