Dupree Names Top Three

Unlike many rising juniors, Baltimore power forward Braxton Dupree has a pretty tight handle on the recruiting process.

"My favorite school right now is Maryland," Braxton Dupree said after scoring 24 points in a quarterfinal round loss at last week's Triple S Harley Davidson Jam Fest. "Growing up, I watched them on television, and I like Coach Williams' style of play and the fact that he runs plays for the big man inside."

Dupree, a massive 6-7 1/2, 260 pounder, comes from the same high school (Calvert Hall) that produced former Terp All-American Juan Dixon, yet his game is reminiscent of former Maryland star Lonny Baxter.

Just behind the Terps on Baxter's list are Georgetown (second) and North Carolina State (third).

"Georgetown has always had strong post play inside, and they develop their post players," Dupree explained. "As for N.C. State, and I most concerned with post play, and I see some opportunities for scoring inside there."

Dupree has already unofficially visited both Maryland and Georgetown. While at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in North Carolina in May, he had a chance to play at Reynolds Gym on the campus of N.C. State.

"I really didn't get a chance to see the school," he said.

Aside from the top three, Dupree is also considering Miami, Pittsburgh and Louisville. He's already collected a scholarship offer from Maryland. Although Louisville has only been mailing him thus far. Rick Pitino's Cardinal program poses some intrigue to Dupree.

"I guess I like them after watching the Final Four," he said. "They seem like an interesting school to look at."

Dupree averaged 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocks per game as a junior at Calvert Hall, but he has yet to take the SAT or ACT exam.

Dupree kicked off a busy summer at the Nike All-American Camp before playing in the Triple S Harley Davidson Jam Fest. He'll complete the summer next week with the Baltimore Stars at both the AAU Super Showcase and 17 and under AAU Nationals.

We'll have thorough coverage from those two events in Florida over the next week, so keep it here for the latest on Dupree and other top prospects in the Classes of 2006 and 2007.

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