Netwhispers on Hoops





All weekend long there was contradictory information coming forth about which direction Maryland would take with its final basketball scholarship. It seemed like the pendulum-changed direction every few hours.


 Two power forwards, Terrance Roberts and Ekene Ibekewe, were interested in attending the university and it seemed as if the Terps were interested in both of them. Early Saturday it seemed as if Ibekewe was headed to College Park and by Sunday afternoon Roberts seemed to be the guy headed there. By Sunday night there was no universal opinion about which of the two would be suiting up in Terp red. It may take a few more days for this thing to shake out and it is possible that Maryland will accept a verbal from each player.


Former Georgetown forward Harvey Thomas is spending this year in Jucoville.  Don't be surprised if the 6'8" sophomore resurfaces next year in the ACC or Big East.  He left Georgetown due to some off the court issues with Hoya head guy, Craig Esherick. This is not keeping the recruiters away. The 230 pound forward can play the pure three or play the inside four and step out for the fifteen footer. He is an aggressive guy on defense and loves those boards.  Look for him to hit the weight room this year and once again be a high major recruit. He was a top 50 coming out of high school and will be a top 25 coming out of Junior College.


If you've have some free time this winter take a ride down to Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and check out super sophomore, Grant Wentworth.  This young man looks like he may be one of the class studs. He is about 6'9" or 6'10" right now and still growing into his body.  Another sophomore name to remember is Pony Pirate, Brandon Costner.  He goes 6'6" or 6'7" and will be a top 100 if is he continues to progress.


West Virginia University is looking at Vilnus, Lithuania, center, Paulius Jonelius.  Paulius is spending the year at Roanoke Catholic, Roanoke, Virginia.  He allegedly has offers from WVU, South Carolina and Richmond. Another former Lithuanian, Linas Kleiza, is playing for Stu Vetter at Montrose Catholic.  The 6'9" 250 pound banger is being recruit by Connecticut, Virginia, Florida State and North Carolina State.


Byron Joynes the former Baltimore, Towson Catholic, star may wait until spring to sign.  Listed as an early recruit by Rutgers last April, this man-child, all 6'8" 290 pounds of him, allegedly left Towson to work on the academic side. He averaged 11 pints and 8 rebounds. If he does not sign with someone early, he will be one of the most sought after spring recruits.  Meanwhile, Boston College, WVU, Notre Dame and Stanford lost out

to Tulane for insider, Dan Fitzgerald.


Street and Smith 2002-2003 magazine is on the shelves. Rutgers verbal commit and Paterson Catholic guard, Marquis Webb, was listed as a high honorable mention All American.  The affable Webb was making his presence known last Friday night at Midnight Madness.  His radiant smile and affable personality were omnipresent throughout the evening. Like Calvin Wooten, a present freshman, Webb will be a great ambassador of the Gary Waters Regime. No two ways about it, both of these guys will be fan magnets.  They both have that personality plus.


Some of the underclass players mentioned as All Americans by Street and Smith include insiders Derrick Caracter of Scotch Plains and St. Pats,  John Oates and Tyrell Biggs.  The one New Jersey guard to take note of was junior, Devon Moffatt, Clifton High School. One name conspicuous by its absence was Stanley Branch of St. Benedicts, Newark. This kid is a high major and improving. The underclass list was incomplete at best and I can list half dozen kids that belong there but the list is a start for now. This is an example why lists are constantly revised and updated.



Late last week I heard that Sonny Vaccarro will spurn overtures from Reebok and remain with Adidas Corporation.  This ought to make people up at the Rothman Center, Fairleigh Dickinson, Teaneck, New Jersey, happy because ABCD will stay there for a while.  I heard that a lot of people out in Vegas were jumping for joy when Sonny decided to stay put.  The Vegas tournament is huge in terms of revenue and exposure for the area.


Finally, in the where is he now category, where is Daevon Haskins?  Former Baltimore and Notre Dame of Virginia guard has resurfaced at South Plains Junior College, Levelland, Texas. Daevon who signed early with Rutgers last year but was academically ineligible to play this year hopes to study and play his way back to Division I.




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October 15, 2002

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