2010 Center Has Terps at the Top

While it's obviously early in 2010 recruiting, it seems safe to say it's been a while since Maryland's basketball staff had established strong relationships with so many up-and-coming prospects. Yesterday TSR brought you the latest on '10 guard Isiah Epps, and today we have the outlook on center Will Regan.

Regan, a rising junior at Nichols High School in Buffalo, N.Y., visited Maryland earlier this summer and holds the Terps in high esteem.

"My favorites would be Maryland, Stanford and Arizona State," Regan said. "I also like Michigan a lot, and Duke."

While neither Michigan nor Duke has offered yet, both seem interested. He said he receives two letters a week – one handwritten – from Duke. Stanford also seems very likely to offer; the Cardinal staff is very deliberate about whom it offers because of academic standards.

Maryland, Virginia Tech, Penn State, St. John's, Arizona State, Oregon State, Fordham and Buffalo have offered Regan, who is sure to continue picking up high-major offers. A 6-foot-8-and-a-half, 220-pound 16-year-old, he was identified as a bona fide recruit early in his high school career. Last year he averaged 19 points and 15 rebounds, earning all-area and all-league honors while leading Nichols to a 24-3 mark.

"Regan is a very smart player with a high basketball IQ. One of his strongest attributes is his footwork in the post. Will also possesses nice jump hooks with either hand," wrote Scout.com New York analyst Mike Sullivan.

ScoutHoops.com national analyst Evan Daniels recently watched Regan playing for the Albany City Rocks at Peach Jam, and reported: "When the Albany City Rocks needed a bucket, Regan usually stepped up and got it done. The 6-foot-8 post prospect was especially good on the block, where he used both hands to score at the rim. He's very god at using the rim to shield off defenders and worked the glass for offensive put backs. He dropped in 21 points in an Albany City Rocks win Saturday morning."

We asked Regan what his biggest assets are as a player and what the Maryland staff has expressed about why it likes him so much.

"Just the way I work hard on the floor and the way I – I'm not the most athletic player – but my ability to finish, and my jumper, things like that," he said. "I'd say [my playing style] is like a young Hansbrough, and I'm expanding it to be like Kyle Singler."

Regan's teammate on the Albany AAU squad is touted 2010 combo guard Taran Buie, who is also one of the Terps' top prospects in the class. According to Regan, when he informed Buie about his Maryland offer, Buie told him, "Just say the word and we'll play together."

Still, Regan said, he's nowhere near making a decision – he doesn't expect to commit until the end of next summer – and Buie's situation is muddled by a frenzy of recent interest from schools such as Syracuse and Louisville.

"I think it's early for both of us. It just depends, really," he said. "I don't think [Buie] was half-joking, I think it would depend on what I do. I know he likes Maryland a lot."

So, too, did Regan when he checked out the school this summer while in the area.

"I love the assistants they've got there, coach Driesell and coach Ehsan … Even before you meet [Gary Williams[ you know he is a great coach, winning the national title. But he was just all-around genuine," he said. "They have a great campus in general and the business school, everything. I think it would be a great fit."

The Terps staff began checking into Regan in the spring and traveled North to watch him work out before inviting him in for the visit. He also checked out Georgetown while in town. An excellent student who plans to study business, he likes the idea of attending college in the power-laden D.C. area.

"The area is one of the most powerful places in the world, so you have opportunity close to school to be successful when you graduate," he said.

Stay tuned to TSR as we continue to highlight some of the best rising players interested in Maryland …

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