Weekly Maryland recruiting roundup

March 16, 2012|By Matt Bracken | The Baltimore Sun

Another senior guard has popped up on the Maryland men's basketball program's radar.

Thaddeus Hall, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Brooklyn, N.Y., told the New York Daily News this week that he has picked up offers from "Hofstra, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Maryland, Fordham and South Carolina." One of Hall's hometown schools, however, could have an early edge.

On Wednesday following a press conference at the Garden for teams competing in the PSAL city championship, Hall told the Daily News that he is leaning toward playing basketball for St. John’s, which recently offered him a scholarship.

The New York Post this week profiled Hall, who has led Thomas Jefferson to its first Brooklyn borogh and Public School Athletic League Brooklyn AA titles.

For two of his four high school years, Hall lived in a homeless shelter in Brownsville, him, his older brother Kasheem, older sister Daniya and mother April squeezing into one room. He’s spent time in all five boroughs, even separated from April at one point.

Check out video of Hall below.

* The Diamondback's Chad Sinclair traveled to the Eastern Shore to profile Terps power forward pledge Damonte Dodd.

But after nearly doubling his scoring average from 12.3 to 24.2 points per game from his junior to senior seasons, Dodd knows what it takes to improve.

* PressBox contributor Dave Lomonico caught up with Rivals.com's Jerry Meyer and other analysts for their takes on Maryland's 2012 class.

"Although it isn't a nationally ranked class, it falls right outside the rankings and is a strong foundational class," Meyer said before the Mitchell signing. "Turgeon is really attempting to upgrade the recruiting effort at Maryland."

* JaKarr Sampson, a post-grad forward who reportedly drew some initial Terps interest, is headed to St. John's.

The 6-foot-8 forward from Brewster (N.H.) Academy re-committed to St. John’s Wednesday, choosing the Johnnies over Providence, Florida and Kansas.

* Terps women's center signee Malina Howard is two wins away from a state championship. The title run starts tonight when Howard's Twinsburg (Ohio) squad battles Reynoldsburg at 8 p.m.

Lead (sic) by University of Maryland recruit Malina Howard, the Tigers have a 23-3 (8-0) [record] and have yet to be beat in Ohio. The Tigers used a strong second half to advance to the state final four, beating rival Solon, 54-37 last week.

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