Miller, forward Baxter sign Maryland letters New Jersey guard rated among top 15 in country

November 13, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS Sun staff writers Jerry Bembry, Katherine Dunn, Lem Satterfield and Stan Rappaport contributed to this article.

Maryland got official letters of intent from two recruits, guard Danny Miller from Mount Holly, N.J., and forward Lonnie Baxter from Rockville, yesterday, the first day of a one-week early signing period for basketball and other NCAA sports.

Miller (6 feet 7, 196 pounds) is ranked among the top 15 players in the country by some scouting services. He begins his senior season at Rancocas Valley High School in Mount Holly, where he averaged 18.8 points and 8.2 rebounds while playing center last season.

Maryland coach Gary Williams sees Miller, who easily qualified academically, as a shooting guard.

"He was probably the best pure shooter I saw this summer," Williams said of Miller, who averaged 29.0 points to lead all scorers in an AAU tournament featuring some of the nation's best players. "He's pretty big, but he's a guard. He has good speed, good rise and can shoot the three. He's got all the tools to be an outstanding college player."

Baxter, a 6-8, 245-pound forward, plays for Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. He previously played at Anacostia High School in Washington.

No other local colleges announced any signings yesterday.

However, several high school standouts in several sports said yesterday they had signed or would be signing during the early period.

Mount St. Joseph third baseman Mark Teixeira (6-3, 220) will sign with Atlantic Coast Conference champion Georgia Tech.

Teixeira "has been projected to go as high as the first round, and has a lot of the major-league teams after him," Gaels coach Mike Norton said. Over two seasons, Teixeira has hit 17 home runs, driven in 72 runs and scored 65 runs.

Mount St. Joseph's Tommy Hanna, a nationally ranked swimmer, will sign with the University of Texas today or tomorrow, he said.

Hanna is ranked No. 4 nationally in the 100-meter backstroke, No. 10 in the 100 butterfly and No. 14 in the 200 individual medley.

Three players from Mount Hebron's girls Class 3A-4A state championship lacrosse team will sign this week.

Trish Derwart and Tracey Bounds will attend Ohio State, and Kristen Foster is headed to Duke.

Derwart was an all-Howard County defenseman on a team that allowed only 4.36 goals per game. Bounds, an attack player who made first-team Howard County and second-team All-Metro, scored 44 goals and had a single-season school record of 46 assists.

Foster, an All-Howard County goalie, had a 63.8 save percentage. She had a record-setting 12 saves in the state championship game against Severna Park.

Five members of No. 2-ranked Notre Dame Prep's girls lacrosse team that was the Association of Independent Schools A Division runner-up signed yesterday at the school in Towson.

All-Metro midfielder Kate Kaiser has signed with Duke. The defense wing dominated the middle for the Pirates, who were No. 1 most of last season. Kaiser also was second-team All-Metro in field hockey last fall.

Midfielder Molly Cangemi, a second-team All-Baltimore City and All-County selection, and goalkeeper Mary Beth LaVerghetta are headed for Virginia. Defender Kelly Boyle is going to Boston College and midfielder Kate Chasney to Richmond.

Roland Park has three players set to sign this week. All-Metro second-teamer Erin McInnes, who led the No. 3 Reds with 42 goals and 22 assists, will sign with North Carolina. Second-team All-City and All-County pick Kristin Raneri will join her sister, Reagan, at Georgetown. Lauren Miller will sign with Boston College.

St. Paul's Kate Ahearn, a second-team All-City and All-County attacker, also plans to sign with Georgetown.

Golfer Holly Burleson, of Notre Dame Prep, signed with Elon at school yesterday.

St. Paul's Conor Gill and Catonsville's Brenndan Mohler each have signed for scholarships to play lacrosse at Virginia. St. Paul's players Scott Marimow and Michael Satyshur will sign with Pennsylvania and Duke, respectively.

Pub Date: 11/13/97

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