2010's Esho Eases Into Decision

Last month, two prominent members of D.C. Assault 16-and under traveling team committed to Duke. On Monday, another of the team's starters found his fit in the Atlantic 10.

When Derek Kellogg played at Massachusetts John Calipari took a young man named Marcus Camby. The program evolved and it became known as a bit of a haven for long, slender forwards.

On Monday, UMass reverted to its roots and took slenderized forward Max Esho. The 6-foot-6, 185 pounder out of the famed D.C. Assault program, ended his recruitment and became Kellogg's first foray into the Class of 2010.

"I think it's a good fit for him," Assault coach Zach Suber told Scout.com. "I think Coach Kellogg is going to bring some exciting things. If you look at where he came from, he likes long, slim bodies that can run the floor. They've been out several times over the summer to see him. (Asst. coach) Antwon Jackson has been around our area for a while so we're familiar with him."

Esho attended Henry Wise before finding a spot at Lee Academy. His reputation as a player has been carved out with Assault on a team that has a penchant for winning. Teammates Josh Hairston (Duke) and Tyler Thornton (Duke) made college choices in September.

"They see him at the four and some at the three also. He's been working on his outside game and ball handling. He's up at Lee Academy in Maine and he's on a regiment where he's lifting and all that good stuff."

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