Terps Sign Strong Recruiting Class for 2010
Nov. 20, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Head Coach Gary Williams landed one of his best recruiting classes in recent memory this week when Ashton Pankey, Mychal Parker, and Terrell Stoglin signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball at Maryland.
The trio has the Terrapins' 2010 recruiting class among the top 20 in the nation, according to a number of national recruiting analysts. Rivals.com currently has Maryland's signing class ranked 15th in the nation, while ESPN.com has ranked the Maryland signing class at No. 19.
"All three players should have an immediate impact on our program," said Williams. "They have the maturity and ability to play at a high level."
All three signees are listed by analysts as outstanding prospects at the high-major level.
Pankey is a 6-foot-9 power forward from Bronx, N.Y., who plays at St. Anthony High School. He was ranked 36th in the nation among power forwards by Scout.com.
Parker is a 6-foot-6 small forward who plays for the Miller School in Crozet, Va. A four-star prospect by Rivals.com, he was ranked 13th nationally among shooting guards by ESPN.com.
Stoglin is a 6-foot-1 point guard from Tucson, Ariz. He averaged 27 points and seven assists a game as a junior at Santa Rita High School and is a two-time player of the year in the Tucson area. He is the 19th-ranked point guard in the nation by ESPN.com.
The threesome is slated to replace the three-player senior class which is on pace to graduate in the spring. Maryland's roster includes seniors Greivis Vasquez, Landon Milbourne and Eric Hayes, who are slated to graduate in the spring.
Thumbnail sketches of each signee follow:
ASHTON PANKEY (6-foot-9, 220, power forward, Bronx, N.Y., St. Anthony HS)
Graded at 91 by ESPN.com... 3-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com... Rated as No. 36 power forward in nation by Scout.com... Solid shot-blocker and rebounder... Averaged 10 points, three blocks per game as a junior... ESPN.com says Pankey "is very active on the blocks. He's an impressive athlete who finishes well, has long arms, good hands and a strong frame"... High school coach is Bob Hurley... Says Steve Francis is his favorite Terp... Transferred to St. Anthony from Archbishop Molloy after 2008 season... Chose Maryland over Drexel, Hofstra, Houston and Rice among others.
Williams on Pankey: "Ashton is an aggressive high school player who plays for one of the legendary coaches in Bob Hurley. He's worked very hard academically and on his basketball to become an outstanding player."
MYCHAL PARKER (6-foot-6, 195, small forward, Washington, N.C., Miller School)
4-star prospect by Rivals.com... ranked 53rd nationally by Rivals.com... Rated 13th nationally among shooting guards by ESPN.com and 42nd overall... Chose Maryland over Virginia, Clemson and Miami among others... Transferred to Miller School in Crozet, Va., after attending Southside (N.C.) High and Terra Ceia Christian School... Former AAU coach Tony Squire told the Baltimore Sun, "he reminds me of a similar version of Ray Allen at this stage in the game."... Squire also coached Terrapin alumnus Bambale Osby.
Wililams on Parker: "Mychal has a well-rounded game with the ability to score in bunches. He's a very good fit for our program."
TERRELL STOGLIN (6-foot-1, 160, point guard, Tucson, Ariz., Santa Rita HS)
3-star prospect by Rivals.com... Member of ESPN150... Ranked by ESPN.com as the 19th-best point guard in the 2010 recruiting class... Played AAU ball with Pump N' Run Elite... Outstanding scorer despite playing the point-guard spot... Averaged 27 points, seven assists as a junior... Santa Rita played in the Arizona State high school title game... Two-time All-State selection... Two-time player of the year in Tucson... Chose Maryland over Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Arizona, UCLA and USC... Enjoys playing the drums in his spare time... Lists Steve Francis as his all-time favorite Terp.
Williams on Stoglin: "Terrell is a well-rounded point guard. He has the ability to run an offense well."
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