Terps eyeing Twyman?

Local two-sport star Deontay Twyman of Sherwood High School appeared on Maryland's radar toward the end of his senior year, and did nothing to diminish his status by leading his team to the state title and authoring a fantastic performance in the Capital Classic at the Comcast Center.

The 5-foot-10 guard impressed a crowd of more than 3,100 with his athleticism and playmaking skills, piling up 16 points and 8 assists and helping lead the Capital All-Stars to a victory over the US All-Stars.

Since then, Twyman says he's been focusing on classes and basketball, and hearing from a variety of schools for basketball. His list of Division I suitors includes Maryland, George Mason, Hampton, Niagara, North Carolina State, but he's also considering heading off to Pol Community College in Florida.

"I had a workout with Maryland ... They came and watched me work out at Sherwood. "Niagara has been talking to me more [since the Capital Classic]."
Although he hasn't officially visited any schools for basketball, he is traveling to Winter Haven, Florida to visit Polk CC next weekend. Without any offers and unsure whether he'll qualify academically, it seems most likely he'd head to Polk and emerge as a top juco point guard prospect down the road.

"It's mostly dependent on the ACT," Twyman said. "I took it on Saturday, and right now I'm just waiting to get back results. It usually takes four to seven weeks."

One of the Washington area's best athletes in rcenet memories, he led his basketball team to a 4A State Championship, averaging 16 points and 7 assists per game in the regular season and 21 points per game in the playoffs. He also led Sherwood twice to state finals in football as quarterback.

Though he said he would rather play football, he'll only pursue that if someone gives him a chance to play quarterback.

"All the interest is from basketball right now," he said, adding that he has heard from Nassau Community College, but has no offers to play football yet.

Twyman said that going to junior college to prepare for a year and qualify is a likely scenario, and that playing for Maryland in two years is definitely a possibility if everything works out well. Until he gets his ACT scores, however, his future is very much up in the air.

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