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The Terrapins are a tough team not to listen to as a recruit these days. Over the weekend, James Gist listened and committed to Gary Williams' bunch.

James Gist's star is on the rise. That much is not up for debate. In the fall of 2004, that star will ascend upon College Park, Md. James Gist is coming to town.

"He's going to be a Terp," Good Counsel head coach Tim McKenna said. "The two of us went over unofficially last week. I think he was pretty sure that's where he wanted to go but when we went over there Wednesday, after seeing everything, that sealed the deal."

Gist averaged 13 and 8 on a team that featured Notre Dame signee Omari Israel last season. Throw out the numbers, Gist's game is all about untapped potential.

The kid is a big time shot blocker and rebounder. He plays like he's been launched out of a canon and pointed at the basket. Yes, his defense is ahead of his offense right now, but the latter is coming around.

"Omari was kind of our go to guy on offense and James was relied more for his defense. He's really working on that end of floor and by the time next season starts the two will be caught up with one another."

Providence took the silver medal in his recruitment and Virginia was in there in the end as well. Michigan State, Arizona and Tennessee tried to make pushes late.

We think the Terps landed one of the better talents in the class. Gist is a superior athlete with long arms and all kinds of potential. This is a fine way to start a recruiting class.

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