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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."

By Steve Yanda  |  November 17, 2009; 4:42 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Welcome to Maryland Ashton. Gary is really putting together a great class for 2010. All positions seem covered. The best part is the recruits seem perfectly matched to Maryland and Gary. I'm hoping Tobias Harris is the 5th member of the class to make it Gary's best ever! Go Terps!!!

Posted by: TerpFan2001 | November 17, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

The players who come out of St. Anthony's are always well coached and possess the kind of fundamentals Gary Williams likes.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | November 17, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

We should know about T. Harris tomorrow as he plans on signing 11/18

Posted by: fushezzi | November 17, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Great! We took a recruit away from the Flying Dutchman! Look out UNC and Duke fans we're back baby. Not. This class will end up being in the Top 15 based on volume not studs. This program is stuck between the Top 20 - 50 until Gary heads to pasture.

Posted by: restonhoops | November 17, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Good point, restonhoops... except for the fact that Juan Dixon, Lonny Baxter, and Chris Wilcox were on nobody's radar either. Gary gets blue collar players. Maryland is not and never will be Duke or UNC. Give the class a chance to pan out and then make your assessment. Even the ragtag band he had last year defeated the "mighty, unbeatable" Tar Heels.

Posted by: jwlemons | November 18, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Real good class for 2010. Maybe we get Harris and its a top 5 class. Either way anyone who wants Gary to retire was either born in 2002 or had an unfortunate motorcycle accident in 1999 which resulted in a coma that they came out of just recently.

Posted by: lavar609 | November 18, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Correcting myself...Harris is announcing tomorrow 11/19, not today. And signs point to Syracuse.

Posted by: fushezzi | November 18, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Great! We took a recruit away from the Flying Dutchman! Look out UNC and Duke fans we're back baby. Not. This class will end up being in the Top 15 based on volume not studs. This program is stuck between the Top 20 - 50 until Gary heads to pasture.

Posted by: restonhoops | November 17, 2009 10:16 PM

My memory is a little hazy on this, but can someone please tell me if Juan Dixon, Lonnie Baxter, or Joe Smith were recruited by Duke or UNC? Also, while you're at it, I remember distinctly that Danny Miller, Travis Garrison, and Mike Jones were big time recruits that we stole away from major programs, but unfortunately my memory is again hazy on how their careers turned out at MD. Please, someone fill in the blanks for me...thanks

Posted by: Barno1 | November 18, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

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