Maryland Men's Basketball

Terps bring in backcourt help

St. Frances guard Mosley, transfer Maze add depth, but frontcourt remains thin

April 11, 2008|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Sun reporter

Though the Maryland men's basketball team is adding two recruits to help shore up some of its backcourt deficiencies, the Terps still appear to have a gaping hole in their frontcourt for at least the start of next season if further moves are not made.

Sean Mosley, a shooting guard who finished his career at St. Frances in Baltimore as the second-leading scorer in the state's high school basketball history with 2,933 points, already has signed with Maryland, and Bobby Maze, a junior college point guard with local ties, is expected to do so soon.

Mosley committed orally last summer and Maze followed in December.

Their anticipated arrival in College Park later this year should help a Maryland team that struggled with scoring and ball-handling down the stretch of what turned into a 19-15 season and ended with a second-round loss to Syracuse in the National Invitation Tournament.

Mosley, 6 feet 4, averaged 24.2 points this season at St. Frances and was recently named The Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year. Maze, 6-3, who grew up in Prince George's County and started his college career at Oklahoma, averaged nearly 21 points and seven assists at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.

In terms of available scholarships, Mosley and Maze will be filling the spots vacated by the team's two graduating seniors, 6-9 James Gist and 6-8 Bambale Osby. Unless other current players leave, that means Maryland coach Gary Williams will not be able to sign any other recruits, specifically frontcourt players.

The Terps will start next season without Gus Gilchrist, a 6-9, 260-pound center who sat out last season after being released from his scholarship at Virginia Tech. Gilchrist, who will be eligible in December, was considered the best player in practice this season by those who saw him play.

Sophomores Braxton Dupree (6-8) and Jerome Burney (6-9) are expected to start next season as Maryland's two main inside players if no one else is signed.

Ken Bowman, a 6-9 power forward who played with Maze in junior college and had been recruited by Maryland, could end up at Kansas State. A recruiting source said Bowman would not have qualified academically at College Park. The Terrapin Times reported recently that Williams was also interested in Frank Barnes, a 6-9, 260-pound center from Davie, Fla.

Mosley has yet to qualify academically, but is expected to continue working on improving his SAT or ACT score to be eligible for next season. Maze is expected to get his associate's degree at Hutchinson, a school official there said recently.

Another possibility is that Jin Soo Kim, a 6-8 forward with great perimeter skills who committed to Maryland before finishing his junior year at South Kent (Conn.) Prep, could come to Maryland this year after completing his academic requirements.

don.markus@baltsun.com

Baltimoresun.com sports producer Matt Bracken contributed to this article.

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