Terps Taking A Look At 'Tank'

The Terps have been scouring the JUCO ranks lately, and recently took a visit down to Daytona State CC (Daytona, Fla.) to check out highly regarded wing man Tanksley "Tank" Efianayi, a 6-5 physical speciman, known for his ability to put the ball in the basket.

The Terps have been scouring the JUCO ranks lately, and recently took a visit down to Daytona State CC (Daytona, Fla.) to check out highly regarded wing man Tanksley Efianayi, a 6-foot-5 physical speciman, known for his ability to put the ball in the basket. We spoke to DSCC coach Ryan Ridder to get the latest scoop on Efianayi's recruitment.

"Tank's one of my all time favorite kids," said Ridder. "He's really a coach's dream. He does what is asked of him, he works hard, and he's never a problem off the court. He has a 3.0-plus GPA, and has been raised well by his parents. His dad is Jamaican, his mom, Nigerian, and they taught him well. Tank's a great young man."

And, from what we can gather, he's a pretty good hoopster as well.

"Tank's 6-5, 215 pounds, and very athletic and physical," said Ridder. "What he does well is create off the dribble and get to the rim, but he's got a tremendous mid range game too. I would call him an improving three point shooter. The challenge for him is to defend consistently for forty minutes. He's got all the tools to do it, it's just a question of being focused on it for an entire game."

Efianayi is getting plenty of college attention, according to Ridder, and has already begun taking official visits.

"Tank's already taken officials to St. John's and Arizona State," said Ridder. "Plus he has a third visit lined up this weekend to UCF, which is sort of a hometown visit, since he lives in Orlando. Tank spent 12 years in Connecticut, and then the family moved down here, and he loves this area. He has plenty of other options, and right now, it's not clear whether or not he'll sign in the fall or spring."

Maryland has been down in the past two weeks, but Ridder is unsure exactly where they stand in terms of making a push.

"Coach (Mark) Turgeon and Coach (Cliff) Warren came down here to see Tank," said Ridder. "I've spoken more to Coach Warren than to Coach Turgeon since then, but they seem extremely interested. It seems like they would be interested in getting Tank on campus in the Spring, moreso than right now. Other schools have expressed a bit more urgency.

"I think Tank would be interested in Maryland, but he's focusing more now on those schools who are pushing a bit harder. He liked St. John's and Arizona State a lot, and I would think UCF is a viable option too, given their location. So while I think Maryland intrigues Tank, they're probably not at the top of his list at the moment."

Based on this conversation, I am not anticipating a strong push by the Terps for Efianayi, unless he does decide to hold off on a commitment until spring. Efianayi is regarded as one the of the premier JUCO wings in the nation, and Coach Ridder says he expects his team to be contending for a national title next March.

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