With Elliott on hold, Terps eye N.Y. forward

April 20, 1994|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer

While waiting for Dunbar's Rodney Elliott to make his decision about which school he will attend, Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams has turned his attention toward another frontcourt recruit.

According to Phil Ingersoll, the coach at Seminole (Okla.) Junior College, Williams and assistant Art Perry were at the school yesterday to see Tim Wooden, a 6-foot-10, 205-pound forward from Hempstead, N.Y.

Wooden averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds, five blocked shots and five assists last season, and was named All-Region II, which represents junior colleges in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Region II is considered among the top U.S. junior college areas.

"He's more a power forward than a small forward, but he's better facing the basket than with his back toward it," said Ingersoll.

Ingersoll said that Wooden is down to two schools, Maryland and Florida State, and will visit both in the next few weeks. Ingersoll said that Wooden won't comment until he makes his decision. Florida State coach Pat Kennedy is expected to visit Wooden later this week.

Neither Williams nor Perry was available for comment.

It's not clear when Elliott, who is considered Maryland's top recruiting prospect, will announce his decision. The 6-8 forward reportedly is considering Maryland, George Washington, N.C. State and Clemson.

"He has not yet made his decision," Dunbar athletic director Gail Robinson said yesterday. "And he has yet to tell anybody when he'll announce it."

After going into the fall signing period with only one scholarship, the Terps now have four available. Two players, junior forward John Walsh and sophomore Nemanja Petrovic, transferred after the fall semester. Freshman forward Nick Bosnic announced last week his plans to transfer after the spring semester.

Walsh, who left to go to Northeastern after a disagreement about his role with Williams, reportedly has expressed an interest in returning to the team either as a scholarship player or a walk-on. Walsh is living in College Park, but associate athletic director Sue Tyler said he is not currently enrolled in school.

The Terrapin Times reported in this month's edition, which came out yesterday, that Maryland also is interested in Sarunas Jasikevicius, a 6-4, 190-pound guard from Lithuania who played last season at Solanco High School in Quarryville, Pa. He made an unofficial visit as a spectator at the Capital Classic, then came back for his official visit Monday. Seton Hall, Syracuse and Pittsburgh also are interested in him.

Jasikevicius (pronounced Yasa-KA-sava-shus) averaged 20.5 points, seven rebounds and 4.5 assists. He is considered a good outside shooter, as evidenced by the five three-pointers he had in a 20-point performance in last weekend's Maryland-Pennsylvania all-star game at Cumberland Valley High School.

"He can shoot off the dribble and off the catch," said New York-based talent evaluator Tom Konchalski. "He has a quick release and a beautiful-looking shot."

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