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Terps Get Boost; Shooter is Eligible

Maryland got a boost yesterday with the announcement that Jin Soo Kim has been cleared to play this season. The 6-8 swingman from South Korea via South Kent Prep in Connecticut graduated a year early from high school to enroll in college. He's considered a terrific shooter, though obviously there is a huge adjustment going from high school to college. One thing to remember, as I think about Maryland's basketball recruiting. Much is made about recruiting rankings and other such hype, but think back to the Terps' glory days earlier this decade. Were Juan Dixon or Lonny Baxter considered anything more than role players coming out of high school? Steve Blake was better known, but certainly not some hot-shot recruit. Ditto Chris Wilcox and Byron Mouton, Drew Nicholas and Tahj Holden.

By Josh Barr  | November 4, 2008; 10:40 AM ET
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Hi Josh,
Good points about developing players...Gary team's seem to have struggled post-Championship when we received several McDonalds All Americans.

Your point about Chris Wilcox though is incorrect. He was one of the top players when we signed him and actually stole him away from North Carolina. Same thing for Blake and to a lesser extent Baxter.

High School: Graduated in 2000 from Enloe High School in Raleigh, N.C. … ranked No. 20 among the top players in the nation by recruiting expert Bob Gibbons … considered to be the top recruit from the state of North Carolina according to Gibbons.

Ditto for Blake:

Graduated from Oak Hill Academy in 1999 … compiled an amazing 100-4 high school record between three different schools … All-America honorable mention selection following his senior season by USA Today … named the runner-up for the "Mr. Basketball" award in the state of Virginia following his senior season at Oak Hill … ranked as the second-best prep point guard by recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons … ranked as the sixth-best point guard entering the collegiate ranks in 1999-00 by recruiting expert Brick Oettinger … named as the 44th-best overall player in the prep class of 1999 by Recruiter's Handbook and the ACC Area Sports Journal

Even with Baxter, although he was considered a "project", he was still viewed as a top 12 center -
"ranked among the top 12 post player prospects in the nation by recruiting expert Bob Gibbons

Posted by: homertuckumd | November 4, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Don't want to sound like I'm nitpicking, but Maryland didn't get several McDonald's players after the national championship. They've had 2, Travis Garrison and Mike Jones, join the program since 2002. And Garrison signed before the title.

Gary Williams has successfully recruited only 4 McD All-Americans in his 20 years at Maryland (add Booth and Simpkins). Georgetown have 4 in the last 3 years.

I also like how he works with less-heralded recruits, but that's really low for an ACC former national champion.

Posted by: Kev29 | November 4, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

danny miller was also a mcdonalds all american

Posted by: billy12 | November 4, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget the Mouton was a huge recruit out of HS. He chose Tulane to both stay at home, and other issues.

"Mouton is from Rayne, Louisiana and was ranked 29th nationally in the class of 1997. After two seasons at Tulane, Byron Mouton transferred to the University Maryland."

Posted by: cr10 | November 5, 2008 6:46 AM | Report abuse

Very skinny - no skills - will end up another terribe recruit by Gary Williams and Maryland

Maryland will finish with a 15-16 record and 4-12 in the ACC

No NCAA bid

No NIT bid

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | November 11, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

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