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Top Juniors in a Rush to Decide

So what is going on with the rash of top juniors who have already decided on their college choice? DeMatha guard Josh Selby is bound for Tennessee, while last weekend Gonzaga's Tyler Thornton and Courtland's Josh Hairston pledged for Duke.

"It's the trend," DeMatha Coach Mike Jones said. "I'm sure some of it is a little peer pressure. Your buddies are doing it. And you're looking across at schools probably putting on a little pressure as well because you've got to get it done early. If you're recruited as one of the top three point guards in the country, they're putting pressure on all three of you that if one of the other two commits, that's who they're going with. That's the nature of the business right now."

Is this a good thing? Bad? Otherwise?

"Who knows?" Jones said. "You have so many guys changing their minds now."

By Josh Barr  | September 23, 2008; 11:50 AM ET
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Why can't Gary Williams recruit top talent?! These great ball players are growing up within a couple miles of the University of Maryland and he always seems to not even be one of their top choices. For goodness sake, look at the last two NCAA national players of the year. Kevin Durant is from DC and played high school ball in Rockville. Michael Beasley is from Frederick and played high school ball all over the DC area. And you can't tell me he went to a nicer program or school because I have never heard a nice thing about Manhattan, Kansas. Or Kansas State basketball for that matter.

Posted by: Terper | September 23, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I am glad that Josh Selby chose the Vols - and did not even consider Maryland -- and Thornton and Hairston chose Duke and did not even consider Maryland

Once again, Gary Williams goes down to a crushing defeat on the recruiting trail. Coach K reigns supreme.

Maryland will finish this season with a 15-16 record.

No NCAA or NIT bids

Gary Williams has nice golf game.

Posted by: Gary | September 23, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I will bet anyone any amount of money MD makes the tourney this year

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I realize that I post conflicting statements on the Washington Post website. Please excuse me for hating on Maryland and somehow getting confused as to which school I like. You see, I cannot decide if I am a Tar Heels supporter or a Duke supporter. It doesn't really matter because I am just a lonely nobody that has run out of children to harass in my neighborhood.

Posted by: Gary | September 24, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

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