If you’ve been following Maryland basketball recruiting, you know that the Terps are hurting for a big man in their 2011 class. Sterling Gibbs and Nick Faust are two of the top high school guards in the country, but Maryland needs a power forward or center, and fast. After Johnny O’Bryant went to LSU, Greg Lewis pledged to Rutgers, and Antwan Space went to Florida State, the Terps find themselves lacking a little bit in terms of targets. The two most popular names have been Desmond Hubert and Greg Whittington, but it seems a new forward has thrown his name in there – Eugene McCrory.
McCrory, previously a Seton Hall commit, is a power forward from Riverdale, Md., and in a recent with Adam Zagoria, said the Terps are his top school.
“Yes, because it’s my hometown and I’ve been there so much,” the Riverdale, Md., native said by text.
“The campus is great. I live in Maryland. I drive past almost every day. I only live five minutes from the campus.”
No one’s really sure of McCrory’s size – ESPN lists him at 6’6″, 220, Rivals has him at 6’7″, 225, Scout has him at 6’7″, 250, and Zagoria lists him at 6’8″, 240. If it’s either of the last two, that’s fine with me. A big 6’7″ or a good-sized 6’8″ could play the 4 in the ACC, and we’ll see how hard Gary and co. pursues him.
According to Zagoria, McCrory is averaging 21.4 points, 11.6 points, and 1.3 blocks per game and wants to make his decision by January or February. He’s choosing between Maryland, Virginia, Colorado, Indiana, and Clemson, among others.
He’s listed as an 84 (out of 100) and the 144th best power forward by ESPN, three stars by Rivals, and two stars by Scout.