Boo Williams: Top 10 Maryland targets

HAMPTON, Va. – TurtleSportsReport scouted several Maryland recruits at the Boo Williams Invitational this weekend. After evaluation, we have ranked the top 10, including recruiting updates on Maryland's top targets.

1. Tobias Harris, F, 2010, Baltimore Stars 16U
6 foot 7, 210 pounds

Harris, who is from Long Island, added more firepower this weekend to the already loaded Stars. He scored 18, 25 and 16 points in the Stars' three pool-play wins, as well as another strong performance in their 63-59 win over BWSL in the 16U quarterfinals Saturday night.

Harris moves extremely well for his size, and often drove from the perimeter to score inside. He has an array of post moves, all of which lead to high-percentage shots. He also uses his wide body to establish post position and rebound.

To complement his inside game, Harris can consistently make mid-range jumpers. While he didn't take many 3-point shots this weekend, his father Torrel said it's a strength of his game. In his sophomore season at Half Hollow Hills, Harris reported he averaged about 30 points and nine rebounds.

Harris projects as a small forward, but his versatility makes it difficult to limit him to a specific position. With the Stars, he played mostly inside. His goals this summer are to improve his defense and speed, he said.

Harris is sure to be a top recruit for the 2010 class. He reports offers from Rutgers, Indiana and Connecticut and is being recruited by a slew of other schools, including Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Despite his intention to make a decision after this summer, Harris does not claim a favorite. "All the schools that are recruiting me are on the same page," he said.

2. Antonio Barton, PG, 2010, Baltimore Stars 16U
6 foot 2

Barton is emerging as one of the region's top point guard prospects for 2010. He orchestrated a prolific Stars offense that scored more than 80 points in each of its three 32-minute pool games this weekend. He also averaged about 17 points in four games, including the Stars' quarterfinal win.

Barton is a tall, rangy point guard whose athleticism and quickness allow him to penetrate and dish. His ability to finish around the basket forces the defense to collapse on him, leaving open teammates. And despite the up-and-down nature of AAU, Barton limited turnovers and played in control. He's been an under-the-radar type after transferring from City High in Baltimore to National Christian Academy (Md.), but those days appear over.

3. Andre Dawkins, SG, 2010, Boo Williams 17U
6 foot 4, 185 pounds

One of Maryland's top targets in 2010, Dawkins was one of two 2010 prospects on Boo Williams' championship 17U team (Kendall Marshall was the other). He was the first man off the bench, and scored a team-high 13 points in BWSL's 74-65 semifinal win against Houston Hoops.

Dawkins is a prototypical shooting guard with an excellent 3-point shot, and if you watch warm-ups, he puts on a dunking display. He's an active defender and moves well without the ball on offense.

Dawkins said his top two schools are Maryland and Georgetown, and coaches from both schools visited him at Atlantic Shores recently. "Maryland's showed a lot of interest," he said, adding that the Maryland staff plans to see him at a tournament in Dallas in two weeks.

But Dawkins said a decision will not come until his senior season, and that he plans to take his official visits. And, he said, his current top two schools are not his final two, and he is open to all recruiters.

4. C.J. Fair, SF, 2010, Baltimore Stars 16U
6 foot 7

Fair was impressive in all four games TSR saw, but it was the fourth that left us the most impressed. Matched up against BWSL's rising frontcourt star, Travis McKie, Fair got the best of him on both ends of the floor.

A solidly-built strong forward, Fair has an advanced midrange game—any shot within 15 feet has a great chance of going in. He has impeccable form and a soft touch, especially closer to the basket, and has no trouble finishing against bigger guys.

If Fair can grow a couple more inches, he has a chance to be one of the top frontcourt players in the class of 2010.

5. Will Barton, G/F, 2010, Baltimore Stars 16U
6 foot 5, 170 pounds

Will Barton, Antonio's brother and running mate at National Christian Academy, has the size and type of game to be a top swingman prospect. He took only a handful of outside shots, but he has nice form and can get off his shot every time. This weekend he preferred to use his size and aggressiveness to attack the basket, and he couldn't be stopped. Barton also rebounds very well, especially on the defensive end.

He averaged about 14 points in four games and was a difficult match up for defenders. He's a bit on the skinny side, but it wasn't a problem this weekend. Maryland and Georgetown are among schools who've shown interest, a list that will multiply several times over this summer.

6. Andrew Fitzgerald, PF/C, 2009, Team Melo 17U
6 foot 8, 245 pounds

Fitzgerald's stock has soared recently, thanks to losing weight and vastly improving his conditioning. He added a midrange jump shot to his offensive repertoire, and it was falling with regularity this weekend. He scored in double figures in all three pool play games.

Now playing for Owings Mills High School, Fitzgerald's recruitment is heating up. He reports offers from Maryland, Pittsburgh and Seton Hall, which make up his top three. He is also receiving interest from Kentucky and Miami.

On Maryland: "Their recruiting is pretty heavy and I'm enjoying them recruiting me," Fitzgerald said, adding that he spoke to Terps assistant coach Keith Booth last month. "I like their style of play. They like to run a little bit but they also feed their big man inside, so that's gonna help me a little bit if I go there."

On Pittsburgh: "They're recruiting me heavy. I think that Pitt fits me a lot because of DeJuan Blair, how he uses his body, how he got in shape so fast for the season. So Pitt is high on my list right now."

On Seton Hall: "I like their style, I like how their guard feeds the big men."

7. Dante Taylor, PF/C, 2009, Team Melo 17U
6 foot 8, 215 pounds

Taylor usually plays for National Christian's AAU team, but joined Team Melo for the weekend. He spent much of the first two days getting acclimated to his teammates, but showed flashes of why he's Maryland's prime target for 2009.

His best asset is his athleticism and aggressiveness, especially on the offensive glass. He had numerous put backs and follow dunks, and on defense blocked several shots. Against the Georgia Stars Friday night, he had nine points and 11 rebounds; against Team New Jersey he had 16 points; and against the Oakland Soldiers he had 11 points. He did most of his damage at the free throw line, where he went 16 of 23 in the three pool-play games. Maryland and Pitt appear to be the frontrunners at this point, with the Terps having a solid shot provided the staff makes a concerted effort to show him he's the top priority. At this point, we believe he is, and that the staff will do exactly that. UConn and others will vie for him as well.

His offensive game is still developing, and if he can add a couple more post moves, he becomes a can't-miss prospect.

8. Phil Pressey, PG, 2010, B.A.B.C. 17U
5 foot 9, 140 pounds

Pressey isn't the most intimidating presence, but his play this weekend turned some heads. He is a lightning-quick point guard who has the ability to get into the lane at will. Though he's not a score-first player, he still averaged 13 points in the three pool-play games and had 15 points in the semifinals.

He has the knack for finding the open man, and if he can't, he showed he can get off his shot even among those a foot taller than him. Pressey's ball handling is also a strength, and if he can improve his outside shot, he'll solidify himself as a top-five point guard in for 2010.

As far as his recruitment, he's hands off, instead letting his mother and coach do the work. Maryland has reportedly offered Pressey.

9. Josh Selby, PG, 2010, Team Melo 17U
6 foot 2, 175 pounds

Selby has been an intriguing prospect since before his freshman year at John Carroll High School, and he's now considered a top point guard in for 2010. A typical night for Selby has him at about 15 points, with a handful of those from the free throw line. And that's about what he did in four games this weekend. He attacks the basket relentlessly and almost always draws contact.

If he can develop a reliable midrange and 3-point shot, he can soar up the rankings. He already has the size, quickness and handle to be a top prospect, but he hasn't reached his ceiling yet.

10. Louis Young, PG, 2010, D.C. Blue Devils 16U
6 foot, 170 pounds

TSR saw limited action of Young, but he has the reputation as one of the top guards at the loaded position in the area for 2010. He has a smooth outside shot and showed the ability to get in the lane. He has a solid build and is physical like Selby and Antonio Barton.

Potential emerging targets:

--Steven Pledger, 6-foot-4 SG, 2009, Boo Williams 17U

Pledger had a huge weekend, and he's now become a hot name in recruiting circles. A teammate of Dawkins' at Atlantic Shores, Pledger put on a 3-point shooting exhibition.

--Damien Leonard, 6-foot-3 SG, 2011, Carolina Cougars 16U

Leonard dominated all facets of the game in the Cougars' loss to Baltimore Stars. He had 36 points, including seven 3-pointers. He is already being tabbed as one of the top players in 2011.


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