Terps waiting on four recruits

College basketball

November 09, 2006|By Pat O'Malley and Heather A. Dinich

The Maryland men's basketball program was expecting to receive four national letters of intent last night, but the paperwork did not arrive before the end of the Terps' basketball game against Vermont.

Among those expected to join Maryland next season are Mount St. Joseph's Dino Gregory and Calvert Hall's Braxton Dupree, a pair of 6-foot-8 players who committed orally to the Terps before the start of their junior seasons last year.

The players' coaches, Pat Clatchey and Mark Amatucci, respectively, said yesterday that their big men were excited about signing and ultimately playing for the Terps.

Shane Walker, a 6-10 power forward from Bishop Ireton in Alexandria, Va., gave an oral commitment to the Terps, along with 6-3 shooting guard Adrian Bowie of Greenbelt.

Gregory, one of five starters on top-ranked Mount St. Joseph's record-setting 38-1 team to receive a Division I scholarship, played a key role in the Gaels' banner season.

Mount St. Joseph set state records for consecutive wins and total wins in a season, not losing until the Alhambra tournament final against DeMatha, 70-55.

Dupree has been an inside force for the Cardinals (18-14) in the Baltimore Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference over the past two seasons. The last Calvert Hall player to sign with Maryland was Juan Dixon.

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