This week Gary Williams and the Maryland Terrapins (yes, it's never too early to talk college hoops) received their third commitment for the 2010 season. SG Mychal Parker (#62 by MaxPreps , #42 by Scouts, Inc and #53 by Rivals). Parker joins SF Terrence Ross (#30 by MaxPreps , #39 by Scouts, Inc and #43 by Rivals) and PG Terrell Stoglin (#43 by MaxPreps , #88 by Scouts, Inc and #122 by Rivals).
Maryland is also on the final top 5 lists of other highly touted prospects:
Tobias Harris - #3 ranked PF, #7 overall. 6'8" 210lbs. Considering - UConn , Louisville, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Tennessee
C.J. Leslie - #4 ranked PF, #9 overall. 6'8" 205lbs. Considering - Kentucky, UNC , Florida, Maryland and UConn
Roscoe Smith - #3 ranked SF, #16 overall. 6'8" 190lbs. Considering - Duke, UConn , Florida, Louisville and Maryland
DaMontre Harris - #5 ranked C, #62 overall. 6'9" 200lbs. Considering - South Carolina, Wake Forest, Maryland, VCU and Florida
Jonathan Graham - #21 ranked PF, #84 overall. 6'8 205lbs. Considering - Maryland and Florida State
Now, nothing is ever guaranteed until pen is put to paper, but as it appears now the Terps are in the running for all 5. However, in order to sign one or more of these guys they will have to have a transfer from the current roster. Considering a lot of the talent around the end of the bench, it may not be the worst thing in the world.
This is a far cry from the recruiting classes from 2006 and 2007. In 2006 the highest ranked recruit was Cliff Tucker (his best ranking was #97 by Rivals), now Tucker has turned in to a solid role player and should see an even bigger role in 2009-10 as the first or second player off the bench. Adrian Bowie was also in that class and he took over as the starting point guard last year and will be again this year. In 2008, Sean Mosley was the top ranked player (highest ranking was #40) and like Tucker, Mosley has seen his role grow larger over the past season. Mosley even saw some starts last year and will push for more playing time.
The last time Gary had this kind of recruiting class was after the 2002 National Championship. Granted, that recruiting class really did nothing for the University. The 2002 class consisted of F Nik Caner-Medley, F Travis Garrison, PG John Gilchrist, SG Chris McCray, PG Dominique Richmond, PF Jamar Smith. Caner-Medley is struggling to make an NBA roster with the Clippers. Garrison is currently playing for Dalaman A.S. Pamukkale Univ. in the Turkish 2nd division. Gilchrist just signed for the Adelaide 36ers in the Australian A-League . McCray plays for the Rimini Crabs in the Italian 2nd division and lost to Jamar Smith's team in the League Tournament.
Clearly the highly touted recruits of the 2002 class never lived up to the hype, hopefully the 2010 class, assuming there aren't any de-commitments , will.