Maryland Looking Coast to Coast for Talent

TSR's Alex Schwartz profiled two Terrapin recruits who span the two coasts.

Jabari Brown '11 is more well-known on a national level, and while the University of Maryland is recruiting the West Coast shooter, in-state big man Greg Lewis '11 is also garnering interest from the Terps. While at NBPA Top 100 Camp, both players filled in TurtleSportsReport.com on their recruitment.

Greg Lewis was a late addition to the elite event, but he did not disappoint. The 6'8, 221-pound forward from St. Frances Academy (MD) averaged a solid 6.0 points per game with a single game high of nine.

UMass, South Florida, Maryland, and Villanova are the schools that Lewis says are recruiting him the hardest. Ohio State, Rutgers, Virginia, Old Dominion, and Syracuse are the other programs involved in Lewis' recruitment.

Lewis has no favorites at this stage of his recruitment, but does plan to begin cutting his list down in the near future.

"I'd like to start narrowing things down in the fall," Lewis said. "I'll probably sign in the spring," he added.

"Yeah, I'd like to stay not too far, but close to home," said Lewis of whether location will be a factor.

That may be a good sign for the University of Maryland, and Lewis said his Baltimore home is only 25 to 30 minutes from the College Park campus.

Lewis, though, did not exactly grow up a Terps fan. "Not really, but they were always in my top favorites," Lewis said of Maryland. "I always liked Syracuse when I was a child."

The in-state standout is being recruited to Maryland by assistant coaches Rob Ehsan and Bino Ranson.

As for his thoughts on the ACC school, Lewis remarked, "I know a lot about the school. I know a couple people that go there. I'm real good friends with Sean Mosley, I played with him in high school. I'm supposed to be going to Maryland this Tuesday [which would be today]."

Jabari Brown, a 6'5, 203-pound wing out of Oakland Senior (CA), has schools from coast to coast on his trail. Brown listed Washington (offer), Arizona State (offer), Kansas, Cal (offer), Stanford, Wake Forest (offer), Maryland (offer), Georgetown, Georgia Tech (offer), New Mexico (offer), and Miami as the programs involved in his recruitment.

Does Brown have any favorites at this point? "Not yet, I'm open right now. I don't have any favorites," he said.

Brown plans to take all five of his allotted official visits before making his college choice and noted that location will not play a factor in his decision-making process.

"No, I'm not sure yet. I'm gonna try to cut my list down towards the end of the summer, try to figure out which are gonna be my final five," said Brown of whether any schools will definitely be getting an official visit.

"I like Coach Ehsan and Coach Williams. I have a good relationship with [Rob Ehsan]," said Brown of his thoughts on Maryland. "They have good style of play in the ACC, a good conference. I'm going to visit and will get to know even more."

Whenever Brown does get out to Maryland it will be his first trip to the school, though he has spoken with the head coach before. "I've talked to Coach Williams on a few occasions," Brown said.

Jabari Brown averaged 10.8 points per game while at Virginia for NBPA Top 100 Camp. His highest single game outing was 19, but he also went for 12 or more two other times. Brown finished seventh overall in scoring average.

Clearly Maryland is not concerned with location when it comes to recruiting, as Gary Williams and Co. are pursuing players from as far away as Oakland and as close as Baltimore.

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