Pankey signs with Maryland
Maryland added a fourth member to its 2010 recruiting class on Monday when Ashton Pankey, a 6-foot-8, 212 pound forward out of St. Anthony's High in New Jersey, signed his letter of intent to play for the Terrapins next season. Pankey is ranked as the No. 36 power forward of the 2010 class, according to Scout.com. Rivals.com tabbed him as a three-star recruit.
Pankey, who previously played for Archbishop Molloy High in Briarwood, N.Y. before transferring to St. Anthony's, also fielded interest from Hofstra, Houston, Rice and Siena. Dave Telep, the national recruiting director for Scout.com, said Pankey answered several questions about his ability with his play over the summer.
"He went from not being very physical inside to doing a good job on the glass and playing with some intensity," Telep said. "The thing with him is he's always been a guy who's had talent and ability; he just hadn't gone out and done it with any kind of intensity or consistency, and I felt toward the end of the summer he was starting to do that, which is a really good sign. My evaluation on him won't be complete until I see him during his senior year, but I think he's got a chance to be a guy who makes a living underneath the basket as a rebounder and an impact-type player. I haven't seen a whole lot of offense out of him outside of that, but he looks like a guy who's pretty good right around the basket."
Telep praised Pankey for his ability to rebound the ball in traffic and finish consistently around the rim.
"Those are areas where I wasn't sure how good of a player he was in those aspects prior to the summer," Telep said. "I think the mental part of the game, playing with the intensity, playing with consistency, are some areas that you would want to see him work on, maybe expand his game a little bit to mid-range."
Pankey always has had a reputation as a quality prospect, according to Telep, but only recently has Pankey begun to deliver on that reputation.
With the addition of Pankey, Maryland's 2010 class appears quite balanced. Joining Pankey are point guard Terrell Stoglin, shooting guard Terrence Ross (Montrose Christian) and small forward Mychal Parker. Scout.com currently has the Terrapins' 2010 class ranked No. 19 in the nation, according to Telep. Maryland has one open scholarship remaining in its 2010 class.
"The class, to me, as a whole, hinges on a couple of things," Telep said. "Stoglin has to give them the ability to play some backup point. I think he's going to give them kind of a Tyrese Rice look a little bit. He's a scoring-oriented lead guard. Ross is different than Parker. Parker's the athlete; Ross is the shooter, and Pankey's the board man. So it's four completely different guys. Athletically, it's got some promise, especially if Parker can tighten up his perimeter game."
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