DBR Update 12/12/2008

12/12/2008 1:31:48 PM
As reported yesterday, the Terps thin front line got thinner as Jerome Burney is out anywhere from 3-6 weeks with a stress fracture on the bottom of his foot.  Let's all wish Rome a full and speedy recovery.  If you're looking for a silver lining in this injury take solace in the fact that after tonight the Terps have 10 days off (that's almost 2 of the 6 weeks).  Meanwhile, this provides an opportunity for other bigs to rise to the occasion starting with tonight's game against Delaware State.

While the Terps are about to play their 9th game of the season, the coaching staff staff has been hard at work on the recruiting trail.  I've posted several times how critical the class of 2010 is to the program and now some new names have surfaced in that class.  At first it appeared the Terps class of 2010 would be a PG, a SG and some type of forward.  But given the current state of our 'bigs' I now feel that getting a big man in 2010 is critical.  To that end, the Terps have been out to see Darnell Turner play.  He's 6-8, 240 lbs, from the Blue Ridge School in Dyke.

I've been told that Maryland will be in attendance at tomorrow's game between Bishop Maginn (Taran Buie) and Long Island Lutheran (Tobias Harris).

The Terps are recruiting two players at Miller School (close to Charlottesville, VA), Hippolyte Tsafack, a 6-8 PF and Mychal Parker, a 6-6 G-F.

Tsafack has a high level of interest in UMD and took an unofficial visit to College Park over the Thanksgiving weekend.
He's considered a warrior type of player similar to James Padgett.  And much like Padgett, Tsafack doesn't get a lot of touches on offense due to the teams talented perimeter players.

Parker has a long list of schools interested in him and he already has scholarship offers from  Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and has drawn interest from Florida, North Carolina, and others.  Some feel Parker could be the most skilled swingman in the class of 2010.

Speaking of Padgett, I watched his game on ESPN last night and was encouraged by what I saw. He appears to have good hands, works hard, knows what to do with the ball although he gets few touches.  He needs to work on his FT shooting.  Summary...a taller, stronger version of Dino Gregory.

Someone asked about SG Anthony Wroten.  Word is he was ruled academically ineligible to attend the HS he wanted to attend (guess he was trying to transfer?) so he clearly has academic issues and may not be able to play any ball this season.  This could lead to a reclassification of his recruitment class (currently he's a 2011 recruit).  UMD has not offered him a 'ship at this point in time but Tennessee has (evidently UT will admit anyone).

Let's all hope for a breakout game from Cliff Tucker tonight...of course he'll need minutes to do that.

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