Palsson from Iceland commits to UM men's basketball team

March 06, 2010|By Sports Digest

Haukur Palsson, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound forward from Iceland, has made an oral commitment to the Maryland men's basketball team. Palsson, who selected the Terps over South Florida, is spending his senior year of high school at Montverde (Fla.) Academy. He visited College Park for No. 22 Maryland's 79-72 win over No. 4 Duke on Wednesday. "He's very talented, and he's multidimensional," Montverde coach Kevin Sutton said. "He can play outside - he's shooting 52 percent on 2s and right around 41 percent on 3s. He's a very good free-throw shooter. He's averaging 10 points and right around five rebounds, but he's a very versatile player." - Matt Bracken

More men's basketball: UMBC sophomore guard Chauncey Gilliam (Hammond) earned All-America East third-team honors. Gilliam led the Retrievers in scoring, averaging 13.5 points. He scored 15.3 points per game in America East play, sixth best in the conference. He also led UMBC in 3-pointers (42), free throws (89), free-throw percentage (80.9 percent, fourth in America East) and steals (42, 1.5 per game, fifth in America East). Gilliam enters this weekend's America East tournament having scored in double figures in 12 straight games. The seventh-seeded Retrievers meet No. 2 seed Vermont at 6 p.m. Saturday in the America East quarterfinals.

Men's lacrosse: Stevenson senior Steve Kazimer and junior Jimmy Dailey were among 64 players named to the 2010 preseason Tewaaraton watch list by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance. The list is made up of the top players across all three divisions of college lacrosse, and those named are early hopefuls to win the 2010 Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded to the nation's best player. Kazimer and Dailey were two of just five players to be selected from Division III.

Football: DeMatha junior Delonte Morton, a 6-foot-1, 255-pound running back and linebacker, has committed to Maryland. ... Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo announced that defensive line coach Justin Davis was promoted to full-time assistant coach, replacing Joe Speed, and Wake Forest graduate assistant Napoleon Sykes was hired as Davis' replacement and will assist defensive coordinator Buddy Green with the secondary.

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