When the Magic and the Lakers met in the night session of NBPA Top 100 Camp on Thursday, there were a number of Maryland prospects on the floor, including LaQuinton Ross and Bernard Sullivan. Ross, from Life Center Academy (NJ), and Sullivan, out of Davidson Country Day (NC), both spoke with TurtleSportsReport.com about the current status of their recruitment.
Ross, a 6'8, 220-pound small forward, listed Ohio State, West Virginia, Baylor, UConn, Syracuse, Georgetown, Rutgers, Maryland, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Villanova as the schools involved in his recruitment. Ross also said that each and every one of those schools has offered and that other schools are recruiting him too.
"Not really. It doesn't matter what conference I'm in," said Ross, who is from Mississippi, when asked if location will play a part in his choice.
Does the long, athletic wing have any leaders at this stage of the process? "Not really, I'm wide open right now," Ross said.
As for when he plans to make his college choice, Ross remarked, "I'm probably gonna narrow it down a top five at the end of the summer [and then commit in] December or January. I'm probably gonna commit at the Hall of Fame game in Massachusetts."
"I've talked to Gary Williams a couple times. I really like it," Ross said of Maryland. "I really like the school. I may take a visit. I was supposed to take a visit a while back, but it fell through."
"I like what they did with Greivis Vasquez this year," added Ross. "That's a big point for me; they had a big guard to a lot of ball handling."
Ross, who listed Gary Williams as his primary recruiter from Maryland, said of the chief strengths of his game, "Probably being 6'8 and being able to handle the ball and shoot." On his key weakness, he said, "I just gotta get a lot stronger."
Bernard Sullivan is not quite as big a name as LaQuinton Ross, but the 6'7 combo forward has been having a great spring. He lists offers from Clemson, Virginia Tech, Virginia, and Davidson to go along with interest from Penn State, Maryland, Duke, Marquette, Rutgers, and Boston College.
While the Terrapins have not yet offered the Tar Heel State star, there is a good reason; Maryland is only recently getting involved in his recruitment. Sullivan said Clemson, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Penn State, and Davidson have been involved for the longest amount of time.
"No, no favorites," Sullivan said. "It used to be Clemson, but [there was a] coaching switch." When does Sullivan plan to make his college choice? "Probably before my senior high school season," he said.
Like Ross, Sullivan lists Gary Williams as the lead recruiter from the Maryland staff on him.
"Definitely I'm real interested in Maryland," Sullivan said of the Terps. "It's in the ACC, which I think is the best conference. It's a great program. I like the coaches and the style of play. It's near my family; I would be able to see my family. I have a lot of family up there."
A blend of two positions, Sullivan thinks he can be a hybrid forward in college. "I say more of a combo, three and four, whatever I have to play. It depends on the matchup," he said.
That ability to play multiple spots on the floor shows Sullivan's versatility, which he lists the main strength of his game. "I probably [would say] my versatility. I'm able to play inside-out. I can a take a small defender to the post and a big defender to the wing. I can do a lot with the ball," explained Sullivan. Regarding his foremost area of weakness, Sullivan said, "Probably my quickness."
Both LaQuinton Ross and Bernard Sullivan have been in touch with the man at the head of the University of Maryland's men's basketball program. Ross already claims an offer from the Terrapins, and from the looks of it, Sullivan just might be getting one down the road too.
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