Two of Maryland’s 2012 basketball targets made their verbal pledges today – and neither were to the Terps. Four-star power forward Elijah Macon is headed to West Virginia while three-star shooting guard Christian Sanders is going to Stanford.
While Macon is the bigger name of the two, Sanders is the more meaningful one. Macon had Maryland off his list for a while, and Sanders was figured to be a Maryland lean. He was rumored to have liked Mark Turgeon a lot (he’s from Texas and had connections with the coach since his days at A&M), but education was always going to be the top priority in his recruitment, and quite frankly Stanford is one of the best schools in the country.
Sanders made his commitment soon after visiting Maryland, an odd twist to what has been a very strange recruiting year for Maryland.
Most significantly, this means Maryland won’t be able to secure the whole Houston Defenders’ AAU squad. With Shaquille Cleare in the bag, Maryland was thought to be focusing on Sanders and the Harrison twins. With Sanders now out of the picture, Terry Henderson and Torian Graham become the priorities in the 2012 guard class.