Good Counsel Guard Has Terps' Attention

The last time the Maryland basketball program heavily recruited a player from nearby Good Counsel High School, it got itself a big-time power forward named James Gist. Four years later the staff seems to be gaining interest in another player from the Olney, Md., private school, only this time it's a guard who is grabbing the Terps' attention.

Louis Young is a sophomore who is rapidly making a name for himself during Good Counsel's eye-opening start. The 6-0 point guard is averaging roughly 11 points, six assists and four steals for the youthful Falcons, who are 7-1 including wins over DeMatha and Georgetown Prep.

Playing on the road at DeMatha, the highly touted tandem of junior Naji Hibbert and sophomore Josh Selby, Young and backcourt mate Recardo Gaddy – also a sophomore – helped lead the Falcons to a huge 54-47 upset.

Good Counsel, which also produced former Maryland walk-on Gini Chukura, is led by 6-7 senior Jordan Clarke, who has committed to play at Vermont under former Terps assistant Mike Lonergan, but the Falcons are loaded with the sort of young talent that will make them a perennial contender in the talent-laden Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.

Sophomore Ben Hazel, a 6-5 lefty who can do it all, is yet another young Good Counsel player who has the makings of a future high Division I player.

"It's scary, because they were all freshmen last year," said Good Counsel assistant coach Joe Boncore. "I'm not just lavishing praise on them because they're on out team. They're really good."

But Young, also a starting defensive back on the Falcons' football team, is the one who seems to have really caught the Terps' attention. The Terps have been represented at several of his games this winter and have made it clear they plan to be involved in his recruitment. Though not as well-know as many other young prospects because he hasn't played a lot of major AAU basketball, he's got all the makings of a big-time player.

"Louis is a very quiet kid but very aggressive and physical. He matched up against Selby, who is a very demonstrative kid, and got the better of him," Boncore said. "He's a floor general. He's just a winner. The higher the pressure situation, the better he performs. He doesn't miss free throws at the end and he always rises to the occasion."

Young is also getting early looks from Clemson, South Florida and N.C. State. His profile is sure to increase next summer on the travel circuit, but the Terps have done a nice job of making early inroads with him.

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