Maurice set to reopen recruitment

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – De-commitments have become common place in the recruiting landscape, particularly among those prospects who announce early decisions.

Such is the case for Isaiah Maurice, a talented 6-9 junior power forward who committed last fall to Old Dominion. Although he's in the process of working up a new plan, his first step has become clear.

"I was committed to Old Dominion but am about to de-commit," Maurice said. "I just think it's the best thing for me to do, so it's time to get it out there."

Maurice is a slender and fluid big man who plays tall despite lacking great strength. He runs the floor gracefully, jumps well off one foot and is very coordinated, making him a fairly effective rebounder in traffic, pass catcher (even when contested) and scorer in the paint.

He also likes to take perimeter jump shots and hits a few, but for the time being he's at his best closer to the bucket. Given his size and skill, it's hardly surprising that other coaching staffs are keeping a close watch.

"I think Cincinnati would take me, Wake (former staff) and Auburn (former staff) offered, and Tennessee is very interested in me as soon as I make the decommitment official.

Now that he's ready to put the word out there, Maurice expects the Vols to follow through with an offer shortly thereafter.

Maurice enjoyed a successful campaign at Durham (N.C.) Bull City Prep this season (which functions as the basketball arm of Pace Academy) and will hit the circuit with Team Loaded during the spring and summer.

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