Maryland Signs JUCO Big Man

May 14, 2010

Maryland is working hard to bring in a recruiting class that will help them continue to compete.

Yesterday, news broke that they have added another big man to their roster for next season with Berend Weijs (C, 6’10”, 2010), a Dutch player who this season played for junior college Harcum College.

According to this report on the Harcum website:

“Harcum College sophomore center Berend Weijs has signed a national letter of intent to play to at the University of Maryland in the ACC. Weijs becomes the fifth Harcum sophomore to sign with an NCAA Division I program this year, joining teammates Antonio Bumpus (Utah St.), Wilbur O’Neal (Robert Morris), Diyaaldin Kelley (Maryland-Eastern Shore), and Jeremiah Bowman (Longwood). The 6’10” Weijs set school record by blocking 119 shots this season.”

This means that Maryland is bringing in a total of six new players for next season, where Weijs will join Mychal Parker, Terrell Stoglin, Pe’Shon Howard, Ashton Pankey and Haukur Palsson from the 2010 class.

Read more about the incoming big man here.

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Maryland Basketball Recruiting: Haukur Palsson Commits

March 20, 2010

Maryland is bringing in several players for the 2010 class, the most recent of which is Haukur Palsson (SF, 6’6″,2010). Palsson is the Terps’ fifth recruit in the class.

Palsson is a native of Iceland, although this season he’s playing his high school basketball in Florida. Known mostly as a forward, Palsson is multipositional, a character that head coach Gary Williams often looks for. He will likely play at the SF spot or even move to the SG at times. Palsson is also a buy-in defender and will add to the style of pressure that Maryland employs.

Here’s some very brief video of Palsson:

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ACC Basketball Recruiting Roundup March 10

March 10, 2010

One day before the ACC Tournament begins, let’s take a quick trip around the league to see what the latest recruiting news has to offer.

Clemson

Kendall Williams (SG, 6’2″, 2010) has chosen to play at New Mexico, picking the Lobos over Clemson despite Clemson’s best efforts to land him. Clemson has already gotten a commitment from Marcus Thornton (SF, 6’7″, 2010) for the class but is still looking to land Juco forward Ricardo Ratcliff (PF, 6’9″, 2010). Ratcliff is also considering Arkansas, Missouri and Alabama.

Virginia

Virginia has already pulled a large class for 2010 and is still looking to bring in more. With James Johnson (C, 6’8″, 2010) anchoring the class that includes K.T. Harrell (SG, 6’3″, 2010), Will Regan (C, 6’8″, 2010), Joe Harris (SG, 6’5″, 2010), Billy Baron (PG, 6’1″, 2010) and Akil Mitchell (PF, 6’7″, 2010), the Cavaliers will be looking to bring in a major new look next season. 2011 is still wide open for the Cavs.

Wake Forest

Wake Forest is in the top three for Tyler Olander (PF, 6’9″, 2010), who is also being pursued by Virginia but doesn’t list them as a favorite. Wake’s main competition for Olander is UConn (he’s from Storrs, CT) and Florida. Wake already has commits from Carson Derosiers (C, 6’11”, 2010), Travis McKie (SF, 6’6″, 2010), J.T. Terrell (SG, 6’3″, 2010), Melvin Tabb (PF, 6’8″, 2010) and Tony Chennault (PG, 6’1″, 2010).

North Carolina

This year’s North Carolina team has had to deal with unexpected losses on the court and the whispers about talented recruits coming in next year. Without a doubt, UNC is loading up on guards and wings with possible one-and-done superstar Harrison Barnes (SF, 6’6″, 2010), along with Reggie Bullock (SG, 6’6″, 2010) and Kendall Marshall (PG, 6’3″, 2010). These players will have to shore up a depleted back court and try to get the ball in to the UNC big men.

Duke

The pride of the 2010 class for the Blue Devils is Kyrie Irving (PG, 6’2″, 2010), who also might be gone after one year. Duke also landed Josh Hairston (PF, 6’8″, 2010) and Tyler Thornton (PG, 6’2″, 2010), both solid players who should see court time quickly.

Maryland

Maryland missed on Tobias Harris but landed Mychal Parker (SF, 6’6″, 2010) , Terrell Stoglin (SG, 6’0″, 2010) and Ashton Pankey(PF, 6’8″, 2010). Pe-Shon Howard (PG, 6’2″, 2010) is also in the class but it’s unlikely he’ll be able to step in and replace Vasquez’ output by himself. Maryland also has a commitment from Hankur Palsson (SF, 6’6″, 2010).

We’ll cover more of the ACC next, and work in our coverage of the first round of the ACC Tournament (in person).

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Maryland Lands Big Man

November 17, 2009

While a couple ACC teams continue to wait on top big man Tobias Harris (PF, 6’8″, 2010) to announce, Maryland has landed Ashton Pankey (PF, 6’8″, 2010) out of St. Anthony High School in New Jersey. Maryland’s recruiting woes over the past couple of years might be clearing up, especially at the post.

Maryland had reportedly also been recruiting Roscoe Smith (SF, 6’7″, 2010), but he is reportedly no longer considering the Terps.


Tobias Harris is Next

November 16, 2009

With the Harrison Barnes (SF, 6’7″, 2010) recruiting saga over and UNC the victor, ACC recruiting turns to the next big 2010 recruit that might play ball in the ACC and hasn’t committed. That would be Tobias Harris (PF, 6’8″, 2010), who is considering Maryland, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and West Virginia along with some other schools.

Barnes just completed a campus visit to Maryland, and he’ll visit Georgia Tech next. ACC fans won’t have to wait long to find out where Harris is going, he’s scheduled to announce on November 19th, although it likely won’t have the fanfare of Barnes.

Harris is a true post player who works hard in the paint, and would be able to get minutes in either the Big East or ACC.


Tobias Harris’ Blog

January 10, 2009

You might be following the recruitment of Tobias Harris (PF, 6’7″, 2010), one of the ACC’s top recruits, and you might have see our recent Q&A with Harris and heard that a few ACC teams are still in the mix for him.

Syracuse is another school interested in Harris, and one of the most interesting aspects of his high school basketball career is his blogging on Syracuse.com, which means that the Orangemen definitely are keeping up with his career, and with his recent injury, he’s blogging about being sidelined and missing games:

The next morning i got MRI results stating that the ligaments in my ankle were torn. It was devestating news for me. But everything happens for a reason and what doesnt kill you makes you stronger. The doctor said I’ll probably miss six to eight weeks.


Five Burning Questions for Terps

November 7, 2008

The incoming freshmen at Maryland have a lot to take in for their first season and a lot to prove. Maryland hasn’t had the success they want over the past few years, and last year’s recruiting woes aren’t likely to help.

This brings us to the Five Burning Questions for the Terrapin Men’s Basketball Team, which brings up some things that Maryland fans might not enjoy. For one, Steve Goins apparently hasn’t gotten physically ready to play big minutes (read: ‘project’?):

…the only player they were able to fetch for a frontcourt replacement was freshman Steve Goins, who is not yet developed enough to play big minutes at an ACC level.