New Terp Jennings receives accolades

Recruiting report

The Kickoff

August 08, 2007|By MATT BRACKEN

With top prospects committing on a seemingly daily basis, schools filling out their classes and new players emerging, Maryland seemed to be a little late to the party for 2008 basketball recruiting.

All that changed in a hurry, of course, with the commitment last week of power forward Terrence Jennings - a player who became the Terps' first commitment for 2008, and one that was definitely worth the wait.

Some Maryland fans have debated whether Jennings is one of the greatest Terps recruits of all time. That's probably a stretch, but nabbing's No. 15 player overall for 2008 certainly has a way of heightening expectations.

Jennings has basically spent all summer working the AAU circuit, impressing scouts, writers and coaches. Here's what the Web site Slam had to say about Jennings after his play at the Rbk U. tournament at Philadelphia University in July:

7. Terrence Jennings, 6-10 power forward, Mt. Zion (NC), 2008: This Jennings gets compared to Amare [Stoudemire] by most experts for his tremendous athleticism and motor. A run-and-jump athlete who dunks everything around the bucket, blocks shots and boards, he's also showed signs of a face-up game.

Now for a brief introduction. Welcome to "Recruiting Report," a blog devoted to all things recruiting. I'll be dealing primarily with Terps football and basketball, but will also have a significant focus on Baltimore-area high school athletes who are moving on to the next level. This blog will be a mix of links, opinions, original reporting, rankings analysis, predictions, highlight videos and more.

I'm a newcomer to the area, so please feel free to e-mail me - - or comment on this post with suggestions, tips, etc. I'm looking forward to it.

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