For Sean Mosley, it's Another Stepping Stone

Sean Mosley heard the local whispers and read the internet rumors, which grew more prevalent as each week came and went without an announcement from the University of Maryland. He wasn't going to qualify academically, they said. He'd need to attend prep school, and then all bets would be off in terms of his commitment. He could be the latest in a recent rash of Maryland recruits to land elsewhere.

But Mosley kept plugging away in the classroom, attending summer school and working on the SAT. He and his father, Richard Mosley Sr., never once doubted he'd be wearing a Terps jersey next winter. Yesterday, though, it became official: the University of Maryland admissions office informed the Mosleys that Sean had officially been accepted based on a review of his newly improved transcript.

"It's a really good feeling for me because a lot of guys thought that I couldn't make it. I just proved people [wrong] who were saying that I couldn't make it," said Mosley, a 6-foot-4 guard from St. Frances Academy in Baltimore who is rated the No. 41 player in the national Class of 2008.

"I just looked around, and you see who your friends are, really," Mosley said. "It was motivation for me to go out and do what it took to get the job done, but at the same time, there's nothing that I have to prove to anyone except myself and my family and my coaches. Gary Williams and Keith [Booth], they knew I could do it. They were the motivation for me."

For Rick Mosley, an ardent supporter of both his son and Maryland's basketball program, yesterday's news was sweet, the culmination of a long process. Suffice it to say, he'll be a fixture at Comcast Center for the next four years.

"As Gary Williams said, he sees Sean having an impact immediately, so that's how we're approaching it. We're just looking forward to getting the program turned around and back in the NCAA Tournament and the national championship," the elder Mosley said. "That's our focus. I won't be on the court, but that's my focus as well as Sean's and the coaching staff's."

Mosley was named Baltimore Sun player of the year and Gatorade state player of the year last season, during which he averaged 27 points per game playing in the talent-laden Baltimore Catholic League, carried his team to the BCL championship. He finished his high school career with 2,933 points, surpassing Quintin Dailey for second place on the state's all-time list behind only Rodney Monroe.

He capped it with a sensational performace at the Alhambra Invitational Tournament, a prestigious post-season event perennially featuring some of the region's best programs, scoring a tournament record 89 total points in three games.

Mosley is a hard-nosed guard who can do a bit of everything, whether scoring, rebounding, defending or making hustle plays. national recruiting editor Dave Telep describes him thusly: "Old school type player has been a winner with high school and traveling team. He's got a mature game and scores in a variety of ways. Won't 'wow' you in any aspect but will be a consistent offensive force, dives on the floor for loose balls and is always one of the best players on the court. His game translates well to college."

Mosley has been playing pickup ball frequently at Comcast with his new teammates, often taking pointers from former Terp Byron Mouton.

"I think everybody is on the right path [toward] the mindset of playing hard until there's zeros on the clock," he said, adding that he expects to bring "intensity, leadership and a winning mentality."

Next week, Mosley will move to College Park and begin Maryland's STEPS program for incoming freshman athletes. And once he is cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse – seemingly a formality at this point – he'll officially be a Terp.

"It's another stepping stone for me. I'm stepping into a new world," Mosley said. "I'm on my own now, even though I've got my coaching staff and teammates there for me. I'll finally be playing college basketball in front of thousands of fans."

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