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A verbal weekend

by on Sep.09, 2013, under College Basketball, College Sports, Prep Basketball, Prep Sports

The weekend of September 6th, known as the opening weekend of prep sports for public schools in Washington County, ended up being a big weekend for a pair of private school prep stars.

St. Maria Goretti’s Martin Geben and Saint James’ Obi Enechionyia made their verbal choices for their future college education and athletics.

I am sure I will catch some flack for this comment, but hear me out:

Geben has given the University of Notre Dame his verbal. In Washington County, this is the biggest college choice EVER by any athlete from this county. I am saying CHOICE, not results. Certainly, there was Rodney Monroe at North Carolina State and others.

But based on name, who is greater? Notre Dame …. Obviously the results by Monroe at NC State are untouched.

Enechionyia made his verbal on Sunday after he visited Temple University. He also had a visit scheduled for Georgia Tech next week, but he enjoyed the Philadelphia school and that’s where he’ll go.

MMM, I’m obviously not in on the inside of the Maryland Terps basketball … have even enjoyed meeting and talking with coach Mark Turgeon ….. and, I’m not a Terps follower, BUT, two more players that skip out on Maryland.

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One more for Obi

by on Mar.07, 2013, under College Basketball, College Sports, Prep Basketball, Prep Sports

It appears Notre Dame has officially offered Saint James 4-star PF Obi Enechionyia. From Rivals’ Alex Kline:

@TheRecruitScoop: Notre Dame has offered 2014 Saint James (MD) PF Obi Enechonyia.

Enechionyia has collected plenty  of offers since last summer but has yet to make an official decision on where he’ll play in 2014.

Perhaps Tim Koelble and I should read up NCAA compliance policies so we don’t make any ill-advised comments to Obi about playing for Tim’s Fighting Irish or my Terps.

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Nnamdi makes choice

by on Jan.28, 2013, under College Basketball, College Sports, Prep Basketball, Prep Sports

Saint James senior Nnamdi Enechionyia has made his college choice. Saints coach Paul Easton gave me the official word on Nnamdi’s decision to attend Division I Samford University.
I will be talking to Nnamdi Monday getting the information.

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The offers keep rolling in

by on Jan.17, 2013, under College Basketball, College Sports

Obi Enechionyia, Saint James’ 6-foot-9 junior star who is currently averaging 21.4 points per game, received a firm offer from the University of Illinois on Wednesday night, adding to the list of NCAA Division I schools seeking his services beginning in the 2014-15 season.
Enechionyia already has offers on the table from Maryland, Temple, Xavier, UMass, Indiana, Villanova, George Mason, George Washington and Virginia Commonwealth.
Other schools knocking at his door with serious interest are Ohio State, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Georgetown, Pittsburgh and Texas.
Saints coach Paul Easton said Enechionyia likely will not make a decision until this summer after he decides on which schools to visit. He has yet to make an official NCAA visit.

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Obi Enechionyia now a 4-star prospect

by on Jan.16, 2013, under College Basketball, College Sports, Prep Basketball, Prep Sports

Saint James forward Obi Enechionyia’s stock is beginning to rise on the recruiting trail.

Over the summer, the junior was pegged as a 3-star recruit, but, according to Rivals, he has since been elevated to a 4-star forward in the 2014 class. Rivals put him at 82 in their 2014 player rankings. Enechionyia is averaging a double-double per game this season with the Saints, putting up 21.3 PPG and grabbing 13.0 RPG.

He has yet to take an official visit, but has received offers from: Indiana, Maryland (!), Massachusetts, Miami (FL), VCU, Villanova, Virginia and Xavier (exhales). Enechionyia is also getting looks from Ohio State and Stanford.

Official visits should begin sometime after Saint James’ season ends and I’ll be sure to pass along more information as it becomes available.

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Shots fired: ACC files a lawsuit against Maryland

by on Nov.27, 2012, under College Basketball, College Football, College Sports

And here it is: the ACC has officially filed a lawsuit against Maryland in — wait for it — Greensboro, North Carolina. Shocking, I know. According to The Duke Chronicle, who broke the story, the ACC’s suit against Maryland is likely regarding the $50 million exit fee the conference demands from schools wanting to jump ship.

Maryland and Florida State were the only two ACC schools who voted against the this figure back in September. School President Wallace Loh believes the $50 million fee won’t hold up in court. We shall see.

This is the first of many legal details to be brought to light in the Maryland-ACC saga. This is also the first time I have ever read The Duke Chronicle.



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Maryland’s move to the B1G was the right one

by on Nov.20, 2012, under College Basketball, College Football, College Sports

Ever since the story broke I’ve been trying to conjure up reasons as to why Maryland shouldn’t leave the ACC — legitimate reasons. I came up with exactly zero. One big bagel. The brimming reason most Maryland fans did not want to join the B1G was the tradition it shared with the ACC. It has plenty of history being one of the conference’s charter members, but its history is just that.

History, like Greivis Vasquez’s senior night in 2010 when the Terps upset Duke and claimed a share of the ACC regular season championship. Like his triple-double performance against North Carolina in 2009. Like the football team’s upset of Boston College in 2007 that began the demise of Matt Ryan’s Heisman run. The upsets of Florida State in 2006 and 2004. Maryland’s 2004 ACC Tournament championship where it beat Duke. The 2002 basketball national championship where the Terps beat new B1G conference foe Indiana. Or, the 2001 football game against Clemson where Maryland won the ACC Championship and a barrage of oranges blanketed the field. Yes, there is plenty more Maryland-ACC history, but none so exuberant that it should prevent the Terps from doing what is best for the school.

With the recent admittance of Pittsburgh, Syracuse and, as of September, Notre Dame to the ACC, that history died. Maryland would only get a chance to play Duke or North Carolina at home every two years. Maryland got paired with Pittsburgh and Virginia in basketball as its “natural rivals.” Speaking of rivalries, ask any Duke or North Carolina fan if they consider Maryland a rival. I bet they don’t because they have each other. Fact is, Maryland doesn’t have a true in-conference rival. Duke and North Carolina are fun teams to beat, but the Terps haven’t beaten them much as of late. The rivalries in football are non-existent.
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Recruiting: Enechionyia update

by on Aug.03, 2012, under College Basketball, College Sports, Prep Basketball, Prep Sports

It’s been almost two months since St. James standout Obi Enechionyia took his visit at the University of Maryland and plenty has happened to the 2014 forward. He picked up an offer from Maryland shortly after his June visit on July 2. He’s also gotten offers from UMass, Temple, VCU and Xavier and helped lead his AAU team to consecutive championships this summer.

When asked who Enechionyia compares his playing style to at a tournament last week, the soon-to-be junior told a reporter, “Kevin Durant, but with a little more of a post game.”

Georgetown, Villanova, Virginia, Stanford, Ohio State and Miami have all reportedly expressed interest in him, too, but have yet to make any offers. Enechionyia, however, doesn’t currently have a favorite and is waiting for the end of his junior season to a make decision.

Right now, it’s looking like Enechionyia is projected as a 3-star recruit, but that could change depending on his performance this season.

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Saint James star to visit Terps this week

by on Jun.12, 2012, under College Basketball, College Sports, Prep Basketball, Prep Sports

Obi Enechionyia, a standout basketball player at Saint James and current Washington County Player of the Year, is set to visit the University of Maryland sometime this week, according to multiple reports.

Enechionyia, a 6’8″ forward, averaged 17.5 PPG, 12.5 RPG and 5.8 BPG as a sophomore, while leading the Saints to a 17-10 record.

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Maryland’s coaching search slows

by on May.09, 2011, under College Basketball, College Sports

I was really hoping my last week of classes ever would start out with an announcement regarding Maryland’s coaching vacancy.

That didn’t happen.

When Gary Williams stepped down as Maryland’s basketball coach last Thursday, I was shocked. I wasn’t mad or anything negative, but just upset in general because he’s been Maryland’s basketball coach my entire life. He was hired in 1989, the same year I was born, so literally, my entire life he’s been the figurehead of the Terps’ basketball program. Most people have read the stories that have been published about Williams’ career in College Park. How he took his alma mater from its darkest days to cutting the nets down on April 1, 2002 in Atlanta after he led Maryland to its first national championship.

Everyone had positive remarks about Williams and his 33 years — 22 at Maryland — coaching college basketball. Even Duke coach Mike think..ewski. Yeah, Krzyzewski, that’s it. Despite Coach K being the absolute last person I wanted to hear from about Williams’ retirement because he coaches at a school I unconditionally loathe due to their preppy, rich students, ugly cheerleaders and a fan base that only roots for basketball because their all bandwagon-ers, except the 21 percent of the fan base that actually lives in North Carolina or went to Duke. I digress. But Coach K said that Williams’ retirement is a huge loss to college basketball and I (gulp) couldn’t agree more. (continue reading…)

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