A Recruiting Note From DBR

10/3/2008 3:05:52 PM

We are starting a new feature here at Turtle Soup. Approximately, once per week (or whenver he has something juicy), our very own Diamondback Russ (aka DBR) will be sending me his recruiting update. For those unfamiliar, DBR has routinely made comments under various Turtle Soup posts over the years. Those comments are chock full of information that comes from an "un-named source" who is close to the program.

Here is the first installment....


This could change but here is the current UMD scholarship availability:
2009- 2 (Neal plus one available)
2010- 3 (Hayes, Vasquez, Milbourne)
2011- 5 (Burney, Dupree, Gregory, Tucker, Bowie)

GW has been doing some traveling to evaluate players. He recently was in NY at Long Island Lutheran HS to watch 6-7 junior forward Tobias Harris. He also drove over to Montrose Christian to check out a junior swingman and a 6-5 freshman.

Class of 2010
Chuck Drisell and Robert Ehsan were in town (Albany, NY) yesterday to observe Taran Buie at a work out. I was unable to get down to Bishop Maginn HS to see the workout or talk to the coaches. My boss wouldn't let me bounce early. He just doesn't understand how important UMD B-Ball is to my well being :) Buie is headed to Notre Dame this weekend for an unofficial visit. Forward Will Regan from Buffalo will be tripping to Notre Dame with Buie. I'm told Regan can score down low, works his butt off, and has a nice touch. And is terrific in the classroom.

Buie will be at Maryland Madness. I believe Regan will be too, but my sources haven't confirmed that with me yet.

Isaiah Epps has trimmed his list of schools. He currently lists Maryland, Pitt, and Rutgers as the leaders with Texas getting involved recently. Epps has already made one visit to College Park and will visit again for Maryland Madness. Pitt could pick up another 2010 guard in the next few weeks, something to watch for because that surely would not hurt our chances.

Epps and Taran Buie are friends and recently played on the same team in the Nike IS8 Fall League in NYC. They compliment each other very well on the court.

Epps would be a HUGE get in a class where we'll need some guards. He doesn't expect to decide on a school until spring so we'll hear lots more about 'Zeke' over the coming months.

Class of 2009

With just two scholarships available for the 2009 class and one claimed by Padgett, getting JW or Arsalan Kazemi would be a successful recruiting class. Getting both, which could happen depending some other stuff, would be a bonus, and would allow the coaches to concentrate on perimeter players in 2010.

Jordan Williams is visiting St. John's this weekend on his official visit. Hopefully on Monday I'll have some follow up info on where St. John's stand in his recruitment. JW has no other visits scheduled but I wouldn't be surprised if he tripped to Marquette, Providence, and UMass. I look at it this way: if JW makes a quick decision, it will most likely be UMD. If it plays out past the fall signing period could be trouble BUT I wouldn't necessarily panic because he blew up suddenly late in the summer and the recruiting process is new to him. Ultimately he may want to take more campus trips for comparisons. But UMD is in a good position with JW right now.

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