Maryland men's basketball prospect Sean Mosley is expected to qualify academically under NCAA guidelines, an athletic department official said yesterday.
Kathleen Worthington, Maryland's senior associate athletic director, said yesterday that she has seen Mosley's recent SAT and ACT scores and believes the 6-foot-4 guard from St. Frances will be approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse this summer.
"From the information that we received, we feel confident that he is going to qualify," Worthington said.
It's the first piece of good news recently for Maryland coach Gary Williams, who in the past six weeks has seen two potential starters, center Gus Gilchrist and guard Tyree Evans, ask to be released from their scholarship commitments.
"It's a great thing, obviously, for Sean," Williams said yesterday at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, where he is working this week for Comcast SportsNet during the PGA Tour's AT&T National. "This is where he's always wanted to go.
"It's great for the university to have somebody with the personality, the charisma that Sean brings. It's very important for us as a basketball program that Sean goes to our school. We've had success with Baltimore kids that have really played well."
Mosley, who was The Sun's Player of the Year as a senior at St. Frances, is expected to be a significant contributor as a freshman, giving the Terps the shooting and athleticism they lacked at the wing guard position last season.
"He's going to contribute right away because he's got the toughness," Williams said. "Sometimes when you're a freshman, you're surprised with how quick and strong [the competition is], but he's played against a lot of good players."
There was some doubt this spring whether Mosley would qualify, but according to Worthington, he raised his test scores enough and is waiting for his transcript to be sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse after retaking a high school English class this summer.
If he is approved by the NCAA, Mosley would have his scores and transcript reviewed by the university's admissions office.
According to Williams, Mosley interviewed with admissions personnel a couple of weeks ago.
"He did a really good job," Williams said.
Mosley would become Maryland's 10th scholarship player. Williams seemed confident that he will sign a couple of more players before the end of the summer.