Weekly Maryland recruiting roundup

January 25, 2013|By Matt Bracken | The Baltimore Sun

As the Maryland men's basketball team looks for ways to produce more points, one future Terp is on a scoring tear.

The Washington Post caught up recently with Bishop O'Connell guard Melo Trimble, who scored 33 and 31 points in back-to-back games last week.

“I’ve been looking at Maryland, and I see what they’re lacking on: a lot of scoring,” said Trimble, who has increased his average to a team-best 19.5 points per game. “I want to keep improving on it. That way when I get to the next level it’s there already.”

** The Minneapolis Star-Tribune this week profiled Maryland shooting guard target Rashad Vaughn.

Once ranked at the bottom of the top 60, Vaughn has climbed 50 spots. That rise has helped draw a couple dozen high-profile scholarship offers. Climbing higher will be tough, but Vaughn already can boast about being the top- rated player at his position.

** Lake Highland (Fla.) Prep junior point guard Joel Berry, who reportedly claimed a Terps offer, committed this week to North Carolina.

Berry is ranked the No. 3 point guard and No. 12 overall recruit in the Class of 2014 by ESPN.

** Deadspin posted an investigation this week into the age of Bishop O'Connell forward Junior Etou, who had received some Maryland interest.

Football recruiting

** Palmetto Sports' Phil Kornblut caught up with Friendship Collegiate coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim for an update on Terps linebacker target Yannick Ngakoue.

Ngakoue is choosing from [South Carolina], Maryland and Florida State. All three head coaches have been in and there is no favorite at this point. "All are pretty even," the coach said.

** Maryland lost out to South Carolina this week for McDonough offensive lineman Na'Ty Rodgers.

"I thought it was time," the 6-foot-4, 285-pound prospect from Pomfret (Md.) McDonough said. "I had the feeling that it was time to do it."

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