Here are some hoop tidbits and a look into 2016 recruiting in this Hoops Dish:
As we reported Monday, Michal Cekovsky will finally make it to College Park later this week.
Kevin Dorsey (Paul VI/Fairfax, Va.) postponed his visit to Maryland. He's still expected in soon, but no firm date is scheduled just yet.
Bryant Crawford (Gonzaga/Washington, D.C.) got his Louisville offer, and though he's still talking about taking visits to a number of schools, including Maryland, I am hearing his verbal to the Cards is likely coming in the not too distant future. Villanova could still be a factor, but don't bet against Louisville and Rick Pitino.
Josh Reaves (Oak Hill/Mouth of Wlson, Va.) reportedly took an unofficial visit to Georgetown on Monday. Maryland's still on Reaves, but again, we have to wait and see what Terry Henderson decides first.
Henderson is scheduled to visit NC State on Friday, in what appears to be his final visit to determine where he will transfer. He's previously visited Maryland and Richmond. I'd have to think we'll have an answer by early next week. State having the final visit would seem to play in their favor, but we shall see.
Justin Robinson (St. James, Md.) is scheduled to visit Maryland on Thursday. With Crawford seemingly out of the picture, it looks like Robinson, the 6-foot-1 floor general, may be the primary 2015 point guard target. Dorsey is still in the mix, but he just recently got his offer, and has VCU and others involved. Robinson and Dorsey have different styles of play; either can help.
Our 2015 list of realistic targets is getting awfully small. Still another trusted source on Esa Ahmad (Shaker Heights, Ohio), who previously felt that West Virginia, and possibly Maryland, led for the 6-7 forward, now concedes that "Ohio State is probably going to get the kid. There's a mindset in the state of Ohio that makes you grow up wanting to be a Buckeye."
Ahmad and Georgios Papagiannis (Westtown, Pa.) appear to be the only significant Terps prospects scheduled for the NBA Top 100 Camp later this week.
Looking briefly at the local DMV Class of 2016, here are those players I see as being pursued to some degree by the Terps:
Anthony Cowan, 5-10, PG, (St. John's/Washington, D.C.): Cowan remains a priority recruit for Maryland.
Curtis Jones, 6-2, SG, (Paul VI): Jones was rumored to be transferring to the Carlisle School, but apparently that's still not a done deal. Benedictine could also be in the mix. Jones is a two-guard who can swing to the point on occasion.
Corey Manigault, 6-8, PF, (Paul VI): This power forward had a solid season for Paul VI. He has great hands and feet, and a developing skill set.
A.J. Wilson, 6-6, SF, (DuVal/Lanham, Md.): Wilson stays on the radar due to his exceptional athleticism. He's going to have to either grow into a 4-man, or develop a perimeter game to better determine his collegiate position.
There are a few others locally who will be monitored, but no one really stands out at the moment.
Here are some other non-local prospects in the rising junior class who have received Terps attention since the June 15 first-day-of-contact:
Brandon Knapper, 5-11, PG, (South Charleston/Charleston, W.Va.): Knapper visited Maryland on Friday; he's a super-quick scoring point guard.
Jermaine Haley, 6-7, SG, Canarias Basketball Academy/Canary Islands):We featured Haley a few weeks ago. He's a big time combo guard prospect from British Columbia.
Jordan Harris, 6-4, SG, (Seminole County/Donalsonville, Ga.): A jumping jack wing guard from Georgia who reportedly received an offer this week.
Alterique Gilbert, 5-11, PG, (Norcross, Ga.): Gilbert just tore it up at the Nike Elite 100 Camp over the weekend.
Sedee Keita, 6-9, C, (Vermont Academy/Saxtons River, Vt.): Keita is an athletic big , prepping in Vermont, but originally from Delaware.
Back to 2015 for a moment, though it's entirely possible a few new names could surface, my guess is that the Terps would love to land Henderson, to go along with earlier transfer Robert Carter. If not, I still see Reaves, and possibly Malik Ellison (Life Center/Burlington, NJ), as possible wing targets.
Ahmad obviously is still a priority, but Jordan Murphy (Brennan/San Antonio, Texas) may be the more likely forward prospect when all is said and done.
Georgios Papagiannis is still out there, but we can envision his recruitment getting more complicated as time goes on. No other bigs really appear to be in the mix, other than possibly John Collins (Cardinal Newman/West Palm Beach, Fla.), and it's entirely possible Maryland waits until 2016 to bring in another big man.
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