Booth due to make it official today Dunbar star to sign Terps letter of intent COLLEGE BASKETBALL

April 14, 1993|By From Staff Reports

Maryland signed two players during the early signing period in November: 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward Joe Smith of Norfolk, Va., and 6-6, 190-pound forward Nick Bosnic of Uniontown, Pa.

But the centerpiece of this recruiting class will be Dunbar star Keith Booth, a 6-6, 210-pound swingman. Booth, a McDonald's All-American, orally committed to Maryland last month. Booth is expected to sign his letter of intent today.

Smith averaged 16.5 points, 16 rebounds and 4.5 blocks while leading Maury High School to a 22-4 record. Bosnic averaged 29 points at Laurel-Highlands School. Booth averaged 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the 20-4 Poets, the state's Class A champ.

All three performed well in postseason all-star competition. Booth had 15 points and seven rebounds in the McDonald's All-America game, and had 11 points and seven rebounds in the Capital Classic. Smith had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Capital Classic, and Bosnic scored 12 points in the Roundball Classic in Pittsburgh, and came in second in the dunk competition.

* TOWSON STATE: The Tigers could sign as many as four players, but they expect to get a letter of intent today only from Michael Keyes, a 6-1 point guard who was one of the top players in the Pittsburgh area. Another new face will be Jason Crump, a 6-9 transfer from Bowling Green who has two seasons of eligibility.

* UMBC: The Retrievers had received an oral commitment from Vladimir Milosevic, but the 6-10 center for Milford Academy, a prep school in Connecticut, took visits elsewhere recently. UMBC will have 10 returning players and Pascal Fleury, a 7-2 transfer from Georgetown with two years of eligibility.

* MOUNT ST. MARY'S: The Mountaineers got a letter of intent in the early signing period from Randy Edney, a 6-11 center from Cherry Hill, N.J., and they expect today to sign 6-6 forward Larry Townes of Anacostia High in Washington. Townes averaged 12 points and 6.3 rebounds last year for Anacostia, which was 52-8 in the past two years.

* LOYOLA: The Greyhounds won't sign anyone today, even though coach Skip Prosser began recruiting right after his hiring April 1. Prosser is looking to name some assistant coaches soon.

* UMES: Maurice Blanding, a 6-5 forward from Edmondson High, will sign with the Hawks, said his coach, James James.

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