Maryland's basketball recruiting hopes for next season were dealt a severe blow when Donyell Marshall, a highly touted All-America forward from Reading, Pa., announced he would sign a national letter of intent to play at Connecticut.
Tim Tolokan, sports information director at Connecticut, said he could not comment on Marshall, since the school had not received a letter of intent from him today, the first day of the spring signing period.
But reports in Connecticut and in Marshall's hometown have all indicated that he has decided to enroll there, rather than at Maryland.
Marshall, who scored 18 points in the Capital Classic all-star game two weeks ago and averaged 24.1 points and 16.3 rebounds per game this season at Reading High, has been rated by many as the best wing forward in the country.
He said after the Capital Classic that he had narrowed his college choices to Maryland and Syracuse.
Marshall reportedly eliminated Syracuse from his list over the weekend, because of ongoing investigations into possible wrongdoing that could land the Orangemen an NCAA sanction.
Marshall visited the Connecticut campus in Storrs over the weekend and said he was leaning toward UConn. He told the Philadelphia Inquirer, in a story in today's editions, that one negative against Maryland is that the school must sit out next season's NCAA tournament as a part of sanctions levied against the program last year.
Marshall is the second highly-touted potential recruit in as many years to spurn Maryland at the last minute. Charles Harrison, a 6-2 guard from Washington, enrolled at Georgetown last season after orally committing to Maryland.