Gibbs and Taylor Talk Maryland and More

TSR's Alex Schwartz caught up with Terps commit Sterling Gibbs and recruit MIke Taylor recently.

The University of Maryland currently has one commitment in the class of 2011 in Sterling Gibbs of Seton Hall Prep (NJ). This weekend at the Rumble in the Bronx, Gibbs put his talents on display, as did a handful of other players being recruited by the Terrapins. Both Gibbs and Mike Taylor ’11 of Boys & Girls (NY) took the time to chat with

Sterling Gibbs, a 6’2, 180-pound point guard, committed to Gary Williams and Co. on April 26th. He remains a firm commitment to the Terrapins a month and a half later. “It’s solid. I love the school. I couldn’t see myself playing anywhere else,” Gibbs said.

Asked if other schools are still trying to recruit him or if they are respecting his pledge, Gibbs replied, “They are respecting me because they realize I took my time. It wasn’t just a decision to commit.”

Gibbs, who plays AAU with the New York Panthers, is in the process of working some other class of 2011 Maryland targets to join him in College Park.

“Yeah, Desmond Hubert, Jabari Brown, Jarelle Reischel, and [Adjehi] Baru,” Gibbs listed as those he is talking to. “We’re definitely trying to get [Adjehi Baru]. He’s definitely a great big man. He blocks shots and runs the floor. He’d be a great pickup because some highly touted guys like Desmond might not wanna come.”

How is his recruitment of the four players going? “I think they all wanna take their time and take visits. Baru is real interested. I think Desmond is real interested. We’re definitely gonna try to push for these guys,” Gibbs said.

On his goals for his time at Maryland both personally and team-wise, Gibbs remarked, “I just wanna be the best I can be. With wins and playing as a team, the personal stuff will come. Team-wise, I wanna win, win the national championship, win the ACC, and in conference play, beat Duke and UNC. That would definitely be a dream come true.”

Sterling’s older brother Ashton is going into his junior year at Pitt and has provided the future Terp with some good advice.

“He’s definitely given me a lot [of help], like workouts and playing against him,” the younger Gibbs said. “It shows how much more physical it is than high school and the refs let more get away. The ACC is definitely different from the Big East [as it is] . . . more finesse, but he has definitely helped a lot.”

Gibbs, who compares himself to DJ Augustin, is heading to USA Trials soon and will also likely be going to LeBron James Skill Academy. He would have been at NBAPA Top 100 Camp, but the USA Trials are the same time.

Mike Taylor, a 6’3 shooting guard, battled through sickness to play for the Metro Hawks on Saturday, but he was not there for the team’s loss on Sunday, showing his value to the squad. The standout marksman from the Big Apple has a plethora of high-major Division I schools recruiting him.

Virginia, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, South Florida, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Pitt, St. John’s, West Virginia, Indiana, and Maryland were the programs Taylor listed. He claims an offer from all of them except for West Virginia.

Taylor does not have any favorites as of now, but does have an idea of when he plans to make his commitment. “Around early December,” Taylor said.

“A good academic program, a team I won’t have to wait to play behind [others players], where I can come in and play,” Taylor said of what he is looking for in a school. “A coach who is gonna work me and not just have me to win.”

Asked for his thoughts on Maryland, Taylor replied, “It’s a great team and they had a great player in [outgoing senior Greivis] Vasquez. It must be a great program because he stayed all four years. When I go—I’ll take a visit—I’ll see.”

Sterling Gibbs already plans to join Maryland in 2011-2012 and there is a chance that Mike Taylor could join him then as well.

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