Maurice biding his time

The N.C. Pro-Am MLK Classic, held in Durham, brought out the best in Isaiah Maurice. Born and raised in N.C., Maurice played outstanding ball to lead his Bull City Prep squad past Faith Assembly.

For Isaiah Maurice, the time is now. The 6-8 power forward is heading toward the close of his senior year still needing to make a college decision.

A former Old Dominion commitment who backed off last spring and has been involved with SMU and others in the meantime, Maurice stepped into a starring role for Bull City on an occasion when college coaches watched closely. At this point in the year some programs already have suffered attrition, with much more surely to follow after the season.

The heavy annual turnover in college basketball presents opportunity for unsigned seniors such as Maurice, while also creating potential minefields with rosters in flux and multiple moving targets all in play simultaneously.

But Maurice is keeping a level head and has picked up three offers with others also beginning to make contact.

”(N.C.) A&T, (N.C.) Central and Ohio have offered,” Maurice said. “A&T has told me that I could come in and start and be the man. I talk to them all the time and they’re on me the hardest.

Meanwhile, Temple continues to lurk in the picture and a pair of ACC programs recently reached out.

Clemson asked for my transcript and said they need frontcourt help,” Maurice said. “Miami also called my coach and said they’re interested.”

Maurice’s primary attraction to colleges is his mobility at 6-8. He also possesses a growing skill level and at the MLK Classic played with a high level of intensity and aggression as a rebounder and finisher. He projects as a good fit for programs that use some zone defense as well as those that like to counterstrike in transition.

Between now and the opening of the April signing period, don’t be surprised if Maurice’s offer list expands considerably.


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