It's official: Maryland's basketball team has commitments from three of the nation's top recruits for next season.
The school received official national letters of intent from point guard Duane Simpkins and swingmen Exree Hipp and Stacy Robinson yesterday, the second day of the early signing period, which runs through next Wednesday.
"These are three of the top 50 high school players in the country," said Maryland coach Gary Williams, who had been prohibited from talking publicly about the three until they signed with the school.
Simpkins, a 6-foot-1 guard from DeMatha, is considered one of the nation's top schoolboy point guards, and led the Stags to a 30-0 record and the Washington-area championship last year.
Robinson, a 6-5 guard/forward from Lanham's DuVal High and a close friend of Simpkins, led his team to the 3A state championship and was most valuable player of a national Amateur Athletic Union tournament last summer.
Hipp, a 6-7 forward from Potomac's Harker Prep, was a key component of a team that was ranked among the nation's top 10 high school teams.
All three are expected to step into key roles on Williams' squad next season, with Simpkins likely taking over for Walt Williams, who is a senior this year, and Hipp and Robinson vying for time on the wing.