Cleare Analysis

Pardon the pun; but I could not resist.  Last week was just insane for me and I haven't had a minute to put my thoughts together on Shaq Cleare's commitment until now. 

In full disclosure, I just took a new job about a month ago and I've taken on more responsibility and unfortunately, Turtle Soup has been a casualty.  At least it happened during the off season.

I was literally boarding a plane from Chicago to NYC last week when I had the good news texted me. Cleare's commitment is simply massive for Maryland and the new coaching staff.  Not only is he the highest rated big man to commit to Maryland in close to 10 years (maybe Ekene Ibekwe was higher?); he's close with several other of Maryland's targets. 

For 2012, there's the #2 overall rated recruit Mitch McGary.  He and Shaq have openly talked about playing together while sharing the paint at many of this year's summer camps.  While Shaq's commitment doesn't guarantee McGary's, it increases the likelihood if only slightly.

More significantly, there's the Harrison twins (Andrew and Aaron) who are both top 5 2013 prospects.  They are elite talents and they play on Shaq Cleare's AAU team, the Houston Defenders.  Actually, Shaq plays on their team.  After all Aaron Harrison, Sr. is the head coach of the Defenders.  The best part about Aaron Harrison, Sr? He's a Maryland native and friend of Bino Ranson.  This is widely known; but I have a sneaking suspicion that Harrison Sr. would have tried to steer Cleare away from MD if he didn't want his sons to go there.  Cleare's commitment is an endorsement of the program from Harrison Sr.  There is no other way to look at it.  So, the odds of a commitment from the Harrison twins just went up.

As for the rest of 2012, the Terps now have two players locked and loaded.  The aforementioned Shaq Cleare and shooting guard Seth Allen.  Now the Terps have 6 scholarships available and of the four remaining; Mitch McGary and Amile Jefferson likely top the wish list.  If those two sign; the Terps are going to be a powerhouse.

Turgeon has yet to coach a game; but he's already changed the tenor of things in College Park.
Author: Jeremy | 8/28/2011 6:17:23 PM |

Shaq is a Terp!

I'm sure many of you have heard about it by now, but many sources have confirmed that Shaquille Cleare, the 4-star center verbally committed to the Terps today. While many of us expected it, it's so nice to see the new regime close on a big time guy and hopefully this starts the snowball rolling to one heck of a 2012 class. Nice job Bino for [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 8/24/2011 8:30:08 AM |

Terps, Oops... Maryland Unveils New Jerseys

Say goodbye to the 'Terps', and say hello to 'Maryland'. Our new football jerseys were unveiled tonight in a fashion show on campus.  There are no more references to 'Terps' on the helmet or uniforms as we had heard in previous weeks and, in my opinion, most of the stuff is pretty cool. The black, white, and red jerseys are sharp and the [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 8/22/2011 5:31:07 PM |

Terps Open Thread as Requested

Sorry folks for the delay in opening up a new thread. There has been a lot to talk about in the past week or so.  From the Miami situation, which makes Ohio State look like they got busted for jaywalking; to the fact that the Terps are likely in a no-win situation on Sept. 5.  If they win, they should have considering the Canes may be [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 8/18/2011 1:50:01 PM |

Hawk Going Pro? Thin Gets Thinner

As if the Terps hoop team couldn't get much thinner, it looks like they will be losing another front court player as the Washington Times reported today that Hawk Palsson will be leaving school to pursue a pro career in Europe. As we know, Palsson played in the Under 20 European tournament in Sarajevo recently and after averaging over 20 pts. an [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 8/1/2011 3:04:11 PM |

Conversation With Prince Ibeh's High School Coach

Trusted reader and Turtle Soup recruiting guru, DBR had an opportunity to speak with Naaman Forest High School Men's Basketball Coach, Jeff Clarkson, about his star player, Prince Ibeh.  Below, in DBR's own words, is a summary of the conversation: TERPS PUSHING FOR A PRINCE Bigs have been on the minds of Terp Nation as new head coach Mark [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 7/18/2011 7:47:05 PM |

My Guest Column In The Register-Citizen

The Register-Citizen is Jordan Williams' hometown newspaper.  Sports editor Dan Podheiser was kind enough to ask me to write a guest column for Sunday's paper about Jordan's prospects in the NBA.  As loyal Soup readers, I offer you an early crack at it.  Enjoy! Guest Column: Jordan Williams will struggle early on, but ultimate [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 7/2/2011 7:57:06 PM |

My Terp Football Preview For College Football Zealots

The good folks at College Football Zealots asked if I would be so kind as to participate in a Q and A about Maryland Football for their site.  The piece on Maryland drops on July 1st; but I decided to cross post my answers here since things are pretty quiet on the basketball recruiting front.  Enjoy! (PS: Don't say I don't care about the [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 7/1/2011 12:00:00 AM |

NBA Draft Thread - Jordan Williams Edition

Schadenfreude is a German word that means pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.  Tonight, I think there will be many Terp fans who will experience this odd sensation as Jordan Williams awaits his fate from the Draft Gods.  I will not be one of them. Don't get me wrong. I'm terribly disappointed that Jordan made such a rash and [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 6/23/2011 10:03:18 AM |

The Death Of A Dream - 25 Years Later

(Editor's note:  I haven't posted about the big NBPA 100 camp going on this weekend because I'm not there and frankly, DBR is going to have much better information than me.  However, I expect that after the camp has ended; we will get an idea next week of exactly whom the coaching staff thinks they can land.) June 19th, 1986 is a day t [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 6/17/2011 8:44:37 AM |
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