DBR Update On Terp Recruiting Targets

5/18/2009 6:52:32 PM In his own words, our very own Diamondback Russ summarizes his weekend of watching AAU ball. Enjoy!
I checked out an AAU tournament in Saratoga Springs this past weekend to Albany City Rocks (ACR) in action. Their 17U team was dominant, but when you can start a lineup that includes three top 150 recruits in the class of 2010, locals are disappointed if you don’t win by at least 20.
As I posted Friday night ACR flat blasted their opening round opponent 101-55. It was one of those nights when even their reserves shot lights out. Terp recruit <b>Will Regan</b> did a little bit of everything you’d want from a PF or Center in that game: rebounded, blocked a shot, disrupted passing lanes, brought the ball up court when the guards couldn’t get free.
It was a real head scratcher as to why he’s not ranked higher. His AAU coach told me that he’s “never had a player that works as hard as Will”. This kid is just fundamentally sound, and his coach is right about him being a hard worker. Even when ACR was up by 32 Regan was still working hard and chasing loose balls.
I was invited to ACR’s Saturday afternoon practice where I got a chance to watch Regan and his teammates go thru some drills. Regan appears to be a legit 6-foot 8 but I have seen him listed at 6-foot 9. He’s got good hands and feet, and I was impressed at how quickly he picked up new plays. Since he lives in Buffalo he doesn’t get to practice with his ACR teammates as frequently as the local Albany players. During a 3-point shooting drill Regan made 13 of 30 shots and was angry at himself for not making more.
Regan doesn’t list a favorite school but Arizona State, Stanford, Virginia, Maryland and Providence are involved. He recently eliminated Michigan. Maryland visited him in April and Gary will be out to see him during the open period this summer. Hopefully Regan visits UMD again next month on his way to a camp at UVa.
<b>Tobias Harris</b> was at the Saturday practice and I gotta say that this kid is the real deal. If I had to guess, I’d say that he’s a two-and-done player. Definitely has his eye on the Association. He shed 10-15 pounds according to his dad, and has been working on developing his perimeter game. He can definitely shoot the 3-ball, particularly liking to do so from the baseline.
Although his natural position projects as a PF, Harris actually played some Point Forward in Saturday’s blow out win for ACR. Including one possession where he beat his man off the dribble from the top of the 3-point arc and finished with a dunk that drew a chorus of “ahhs and oohs” from the crowd. This talented forward can definitely take you from outside or post you up and seems at ease doing either.
Right now his list is Syracuse, UConn, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Louisville and Rutgers. When I asked his dad where Maryland ranked with Tobias all I got was “Maryland is in the final 11”.
I still view Tobias as a long shot for the Terps, and I expect him to land at a Big East school. But UMD is still pushing as we’ll need to land at least one PF/C in the class of 2010.
Former Terp recruit <b>Taran Buie</b> also played well at this weekend tourney. He’s working on improving his handle and has added some muscle to his frame.
Barring a recruit committing to a school or de-committing from a school, it could remain pretty quiet on the news/rumor front until July 6th when the summer evaluation period begins.
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