Is Walsh favoring Maryland?

In its search for outside shooting help, the Maryland staff has put a lot of effort into the recruitment of Moon, Pa., junior shooting guard Brian Walsh. Walsh, though, has been receiving an increasing amount of attention from couple of other schools -- in addition to the long list of scholarship offers he already holds. So where do the Terps rank on the 6-foot-4 sharpshooter's list?

"Right now it's probably Xavier and Maryland" atop the list, Walsh told Terp Sports Report this weekend.

Walsh, who is averaging 17.5 points and 11 rebounds per game for his 22-4 Moon Township squad, has been paying close attention to Maryland's recent seven-game winning streak. He also talks regularly on the phone with Maryland freshman guard Eric Hayes, with whom he became friendly during his last visit to College Park.

Walsh currently has offers from an impressive list of programs – Maryland, Pitt, West Virginia, Xavier, Memphis, St. Joe's Clemson, Penn State, and Akron – and has been hearing recently from Notre Dame and Boston College. But he says he isn't looking seriously at either of the new arrivals.

"Not really, because I haven't really heard a lot from them," he said.

Previously little-known, Walsh burst onto the recruiting scene last summer with an excellent performance at ABCD camp. He is one of a handful of players Maryland is looking at as potential replacements for the outside shooting of current senior Mike Jones.

The staff's sales pitch for why Walsh shoul choose UMD "is just really because Mike Jones is graduating and they don't have a lot of perimeter shooters," Walsh said. "I really like the way they play [also]."

Walsh has spoken briefly with head coach Gary Williams and plans to give him a call once his team is done in the state playoffs. He was in College Park Jan. 17 for the Clemson game and wanted to go to the UNC game, but was unable to make it. He'll take visits to all of his potential college destinations this summer, while also playing for the Pittsburgh Storm AAU club, and hopes to have a decision by mid-to-late summer.

As always, will keep you posted….

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