New Name Emerges in Hoops Recruiting

Maryland basketball recruiting has seemingly taken a new route recently, with the staff spanning the country to involve itself with quite a few prospects from coast to coast. The list of potential seems to always be growing, and has the scoop on one dynamic, highly rated recruit now sharing a strong mutual interest with the Terps' staff.

Senior forward Murphy Holloway of Irmo, S.C. received a visit from Maryland assistants Chuck Driesell and Joe Harrington, and judging by his meeting with them after they watched him lead his team to a comeback win by racking up 37 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks, it seems safe to say the Terps would love to have Holloway on board next year.

"He was like, ‘We would be happy to have you at Maryland. You're a great player and you showed great leadership bringing your team back,'" Holloway said of Driesell.

Holloway is a 6-foot-7, 210-pound small forward who is rated the No. 67 player in the Class of 2008. He averages 28 points per game and has suitors such as Clemson, Tennessee, South Carolina, Louisville and Xavier. All, he says, has offered, and he got the feeling he'd be welcome at Maryland as well, though the Terps currently would seem to not have any scholarships with the recent verbal commitment of junior college guard Bobby Maze.

"They heard about me from a reporter at the Chik-Fila Classic, so that came down Friday to see me play," said Holloway, who now lists Maryland and Clemson as his two top choices. v
Holloway is a fast riser. Underrated before last spring, he starred on the AAU circuit with the South Carolina Ravens and quickly drew the attention of many top programs. UConn, Arizona and UNC all recruited him to varying degrees. Maryland has an ‘in' with him in the form of Terps commit Sean Mosley, with whom he became quite friendly while rooming together at the LeBron James Skills Academy and the USA Global Games last summer.

"I feel like if I go to Maryland, I'll have somebody there I already know … I know Sean real [well]," Holloway said. "He's always saying, ‘When are you going to commit? When are you going to commit?'"

Holloway posseses excellent quickness and agility for a player of his size, causing tough match-ups for opponents on the defensive end. He also can get it done defensively, as he showed last summer in a strong showing against No. 1 rated Greg Monroe.

Wrote's Jeff Goodman: "When you think of Holloway, think Josh Howard or Al Thornton. A combo forward who is too quick for most power forwards and too strong for most three-men.

He still needs to work on a few things. He is working on his academics and becoming more consistent with his perimeter shot, but Holloway is a tough matchup because of his will to win, toughness and athleticism.

He got some of that from his father, former University of Arizona linebacker Richard Maddox – who played alongside New England Patriots standout Tedy Bruschi on the vaunted Desert Swarm defense.

Holloway has not set an official visit yet but would like to make it to College Park within the next few weeks. He said that Mosley will be there to accompany him.

"He already took his official visit, but he's just gonna come up because he lives right there," he said of Mosley, who lives in Baltimore.

Holloway said his decision could come down to whether he wants to stay local or not. Clemson has recruited him since he was in the ninth grade, and the Tigers are the team to beat right now. and will keep you updated…

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