Terps Looking to Land N.Y. Trio

It's rare that one school is seriously recruiting three players from the same class, all of whom play on the same AAU team, but that's precisely the case with the Maryland basketball staff and the Albany City Rocks' loaded 2010 class.

The Terps have offered all three of the City Rocks standout juniors – combo guard Taran Buie, forward Tobias Harris and big man Will Regan. TurtleSportsReport.com has the scoop on all three prime prospects from City Rocks president Jim Hart.

All three players are seriously considering Maryland, Hart said, and two or all three could potentially play their college ball together.

"It wouldn't surprise me if Taran and Will went to Maryland, or Tobias and Taran, or if all three wnet to Notre Dame," Hart said.

Buie, an explosive 6-2 scorer averaged 17.1 points per game as a sophomore, leading his team to a state championship. College recruiters have told his coach from Bishop Maginn High (N.Y.), Rich Hurley, that he may have the best mid-range game of any player in the national Class of 2009. He's visited Maryland once already and plans to visit to Maryland Madness. He has offers from many top programs.

"I'd say Maryland, Syracuse, Rutgers, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame are recruiting him the hardest," Hurley said.

Hurley said Buie likes Terps coach Gary Williams, who last week visited Maginn for coaching clinic, and his program quite a bit.

"Maryland, they're right there as much as anybody. They're doing a great job of recruiting him. He took an unofficial visit there in June and is going back down to Maryland for Midnight Madness," he said. "They have let it be known that he is a major priority for them in the backcourt. Maryland is right there at the top of the list. He lieks to play the way Maryland plays."

Also an excellent student, he plans to take an unofficial visit to Harvard Oct. 31. He's got an impressive work ethic on and off the court; Hart recounted a story about how at Syracuse's elite camp, Buie was the one player taking charges and diving for loose balls despite the absence of any referees.

"Normally it's not your best player doing those things," he said.

Harris, meantime, is a skilled 6-9 player who sees himself playing mostly on the perimeter. He has been taking somewhat of a world tour of campuses this summer and fall. He's narrowed his list to 10 schools and thoroughly enjoyed a recent trip to Maryland. His recruitment seems likely to be a heated competition.

Regan, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Buffalo, also has visited Maryland and is high on the Terps. Also an outstanding student, it seems a foregone conclusion he'll pick a school with lofty academic credentials. Stanford, Michigan and Notre Dame are some other schools high on his list.

"Will loves Maryland, he loves Maryland," Hart said. "The people who have been doing the best job on him since the beginning are Maryland and Arizona State. He likes both of them a lot."

In terms of Regan's game, Hart gave is this breakdown: "He runs the floor as good as any big man in the country. He's got great hands and finishes well with both hands. His perimeter game hasn't really been seen because he's not one of those guys who thinks he's a small forward, but he really shoots the ball well. He's a great free throw shooter. He shot 85 percent from the line and he's a clutch free-throw shooter. He's also a guy you can run the pick and pop with."

It seems unlikely any of the three will make a decision before the spring, at the earliest. All three appear to be prime Terps targets, and the Terps seemingly are in good position to land at least one of the trio.

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