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Maryland gains verbal commitment from Florida swingman

Late this week, Maryland added a 6-foot-6, 215-pound small forward to its 2010 recruiting class when it gained a verbal commitment from Iceland-native Haukur Palsson*. After witnessing Wednesday's seven-point Maryland win over Duke at Comcast Center, Palsson returned to central Florida, where he attends Montverde Academy, and decided to accept the Terrapins' scholarship offer, according to the Baltimore Sun.

* His first name is pronounced "HUGH-ker."

Palsson originally planned to attend DeMatha High for his senior year, but after David Adkins joined the Maryland women's basketball coaching staff last summer, he referred Palsson to Montverde Coach Kevin Sutton. Adkins previously worked as an assistant at DeMatha. Palsson has served as the sixth man for Sutton's Montverde squad this season.

Maryland's five-man class of '10 now includes Palsson, point guard Terrell Stoglin, point guard Pe'Shon Howard, small forward Mychal Parker and power forward Ashton Pankey.

By Steve Yanda  |  March 6, 2010; 7:59 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Should we really be excited about a guy who is playing "6th man" on his high school team?

What's with the five guys ahead of him?

Posted by: petecard | March 6, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

True, petecard, this doesn't sound that exciting. If he were the headliner of the class, I'd be worried; but he is the fifth man, and there are only so many minutes to go around. Still, I'm sure Gary doesn't want to just give away scholarships, so he must see potential for Hauker as a role player.

Posted by: SmittyATL | March 6, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

As I recall, Landon Milbourne was sixth man on his high school team.

I'm not saying he will be as good as Landon. But he does look better than the bench players MD has recruited in recent years (Goins, Choi, Burney). Not everyone can be a starter and MD now has lots of depth at this guy's position. And who knows, Palsson could work himself into becoming a major factor down the road.

Posted by: EdDC | March 6, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Still waiting for the Terps to pick up another big or two. Interesting to see in the ESPN article that Ernie Graham's kid is available. 6'8 and they say he may grow another 2 inches. It says he averages 22 points and 12 rebounds playing in the ultra-competitive Baltimore Catholic League. The article says schools are concerned with his lateral movement.

Posted by: booger1 | March 6, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

What is Terps' scholarship situation for 2010 now?

Posted by: EdDC | March 6, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Always remember that Gary takes "good" players and makes them great..Jan Dixon,lonnie baxter,steve blake grevious vasquez eric haynes...

We do not need all americans to win..Its all about team chemistry...If you like the guy next to ya you play harder


Posted by: carolina1 | March 6, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

If you can shoot, there's playing time.

Posted by: EdDC | March 6, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Jan Dixon? Grevious? Eric Haynes?


Posted by: fushezzi | March 7, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

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