Vegas showcase puts two on Terps' radar

Recruiting Report

July 27, 2008|By MATT BRACKEN

It was a busy week in Las Vegas for Gary Williams and the rest of the Maryland men's basketball staff.

At the Reebok Summer Championships Amateur Athletic Union tournament, the Terps were hitting the 2009 class hard. Two prospects, in particular, who appear to have piqued UM's interest are former Riverdale Baptist and current Brewster (N.H.) Academy power forward Thomas Robinson and Torrington, Conn., power forward Jordan Williams.

Robinson, 6 feet 8, had a standout performance on the second day of the tournament, according to Rivals.com.

A high energy player with a load of athleticism, Robinson racked up a solid double double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. He pursued balls outside of his area and left little doubt who would come down with the ball when he got his hands on it. Offensively, Robinson wasn't used a great deal more than as a rebounder, but he did finish with authority and scored on some powerful drives to the basket.

Head coaches from West Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, Virginia, South Florida, Miami, Boston College, Xavier, Pittsburgh and Kansas, along with assistants from Texas, Oklahoma and Duke, were in the gym.

Scout.com - via Zags Blog - had similarly high praise for Robinson's play.

"He challenges shots, looks to score in the paint and knows how to use his athleticism," Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels wrote. "His performance against Illinois Magic had to have made a good impression on the eight head coaches in the building to see him."

He told Scout he is considering Kansas, Duke, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Virginia, South Florida, Providence, Seton Hall, Maryland, Louisville, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Kentucky, George Mason, George Washington, Georgetown and Georgia. Duke has not yet offered.

Williams, 6-8, was off the radar of many major colleges before Vegas. That's no longer the case, Williams told Rivals.com.

"I was terrible in the spring. Just terrible," Williams said. "But when I started getting used to the competition and the type of players that you play at this level, I started playing better. I adjusted to it and things have been going pretty good.

Oh yes they have. Williams has been one of the hottest players this month for coaches. He said Georgetown, Maryland, Xavier, Providence, Rhode Island and UMass have offered. John Thompson III, Gary Williams, Sean Miller and Keno Davis were all on hand to see the young 17-year-old score 14 points (12 in the second half).

According to The R epublican-American of Waterbury, Conn., the Terps offered Williams before his big week in Vegas.

mbracken@baltimoresun.com

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