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By: The DC Dime Staff

Late last week we were offered the opportunity to take over the abandoned Maryland Terrapins site on the FanSided Sports Blog Network, TerrapinStationMD.com. After some careful consideration we have decided to move forward with this and, in turn, have migrated all of our Maryland Terrapins basketball coverage over to that site. You will be able to find our first article on 5* PG recruit Roddy Peters visiting College Park today on the front page.

While we will no longer be covering the Terps on The DC Dime we believe this will be a move that will allow a greater reach for our Maryland coverage. On top of the same basketball coverage we had here on The Dime we will also be diving into Maryland football, baseball and lacrosse.

Even though our Terps coverage has fundamentally changed there will be no other alterations to The DC Dime as it is currently constructed. We will continue to offer you, the reader, the most comprehensive coverage of the Washington Wizards and Georgetown Hoyas possible.

TerrapinStationMD.com was launched in 2010 by Pete Volk with the following vision “Our goal is to provide you with all the information you need about the Terrapins in as many sports as possible, and provide an entertaining forum for discussion”. It is our hope that we will continue the mission of Mr. Volk as we give you our unique view of all things Maryland Terrapins athletics. Thank you all for your support of our work on the Terrapins up to this point and we hope that you make the move with us over to TerrapinStationMD.com.

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By: Willis

If last night is any indicator, the Harrison twins are going to ball out wherever they decide to make their college homes. Hopefully that’s at Maryland, the home of Under Armor (I hope they’re reading that last part).

In a game that was televised on ESPNU Andrew and Aaron Harrison, the twin 5-star recruits for the class of 2013, along with the Houston defenders blew out local Boo Williams AAU team 73-54. For the vast majority of the game, the Defenders led by about 20 points, due in large part to the phenomenal play of the twins they have on their team attacking at will.

Whenever you can make another top 25 recruit look pedestrian, you know it’s a very good sign of things to come. That’s exactly what Andrew Harrison did last night against Hampton, Va. native Anthony Barber. While Barber played commendably, Andrew just seemed too strong and too quick for him to stay in front of. Often times, Andrew’s quick crossover caused Barber fits, and he drove to the rack and finished strong. Other times, same outcome except the play ended in a drained three pointer by his brother Aaron or an alley oop dunk.

Whereas Andrew showed everyone the reason why he is the point guard, Aaron displayed just how effective a tandem those two can be with his scoring. Aaron put the ball in the basket just about every way possible. On a contested three, he showed off his smooth stroke from the top of the three point line. And don’t leave him open in the corner, where he is prone to hang around, because Aaron is absolutely deadly from there, too. It is what makes these two so coveted; you have to keep them both in check at all times, and that’s not easy.

It’s not easy because the twins stand particularly stout in comparison to their counterparts on the opposing team. At 6’5 1/2, 210 pounds each they both look like shooting guards, except that their handles allow them to alternate between the one and two. Using their big bodies to overpower defenders is a staple of their game, and presuming they get any stronger before college it is going to be incredibly tough to stop at the next level.

Even though Andrew is considered the primary ball handler, Aaron is more than capable of picking up the slack. The two play basically the same game, and can alternate at any time. Their coaching is the only reason the two have set roles, and any college coach could utilize them at either position. Andrew has the same range, but he does not look for his shot as often. Aaron can bring the ball up court just fine too, but he does not have to often.

Either way, on the big time stage both players impressed and gave Terrapins fans a reason to salivate at the thought of them leading the charge in 2013. With both Mark Turgeon and Kentucky coach front and center, I would assume the two got some serious recruiting pitches last night simply by the two’s presence. It’s a package deal, too, so you can’t have one without the other. Essentially, when the two announce (via Instagram) in September, it’s going to be all or nothing for Maryland or Kentucky. That decision may be par for the course for Kentucky, but it would truly change the tides of Maryland basketball, priming them to become a powerhouse for at least two seasons.

Here’s hoping that Turgeon gave them some free shoes!

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By: Mike Bohlin

Whenever Sports Illustrated tabs someone as the “Best prep player since LeBron James” they have to be a pretty special talent. Jabari Parker, a 6’8″ small forward from Chicago, Illinois has been given that label as he has ascended the high school basketball ranks. Wednesday night, via Twitter, Parker released his top 10 college choices and the Georgetown Hoyas made the cut.

Parker’s list, in no particular order, consists of BYU, DePaul, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina and Stanford. It appears as if Parker would like to stay to the east of Chicago if possible so that his family would be able to watch him, presumed, only season of college basketball.

“I don’t want my family waking up at 12 o’clock in the morning just to watch my games,” Parker told the Associated Press. This certainly would help Georgetowns chances at securing a commitment the top recruit in the country.

The inclusion of BYU in his list of 10 is a testament to Parker’s faith; his family is Mormon. Whether Parker goes on the two-year mission that the majority of Mormon’s do between graduating high school and attending college is still up in the air. Personally, I would be shocked if the reigning Mr. Basketball in the state of Illinois as well as the reigning Gatorade National Player of the Year put his basketball career on hold for two years to go on his Mormon mission. However, you can never really speculate when it comes to a person’s religious beliefs.

Parker noted that he wanted to trim his list to five schools before he begins his senior year at Simeon Career Academy, “I want to make my decision in November if that’s possible,” he told the Associated Press.

Bringing in a player the caliber of Parker would be a major recruiting coup for John Thompson III and the rest of the Georgetown staff. As a junior, Parker averaged 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.3 blocks and 1.4 steals per game for Simeon, leading them to their third consecutive Illinois state title.

Prior to Hollis Thompson agreeing to a three-year deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder yesterday no wing player during JT III’s time on the hill had signed an NBA contract. With the reclassification of Stephen Domingo to the class of 2012 being announced yesterday the Hoyas are increasing their talent on the perimeter, being able to add a player the caliber of Jabari Parker to the fold would only further strengthen the small forward position.

As more news comes out on Georgetown’s recruitment of Jabari Parker over the course of the the next few months TheDCDime will be there to keep you updated as the Hoyas attempt, yet again, to secure a commitment from the top ranked player in the country.

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By: Mike Bohlin

This just came across my Twitter timeline and is massive news for the Hoyas basketball program. Stephen Domingo, who up until today had been the Hoyas first commitment in the class of 2013, has decided to graduate early and enroll at Georgetown University for the 2012-2013 school year. Must give credit to @PremierBall for breaking this story earlier this morning.

Domingo, who has been impressing with the Team USA U-17 team this summer helping them defeat Spain to win the gold medal over the weekend, caught a flight to Washington D.C. last night from Las Vegas, NV. Since Domingo has completed all the core credits needed to enroll at Georgetown he has chosen, with his parents blessing, to follow in the footsteps of former Hoyas star Hollis Thompson and forego the traditional High School graduation ceremony in order to get to Georgetown to play a year sooner. Both parents feel their son is ready to compete athletically as well as academically at the next level.

Domingo has made quite a name for himself nationally this summer. As I pointed out on our Twitter feed, @TheDCDime for those of you who are not yet following us, Domingo was recently rated by 247Sports as a 5-star recruit and the number 17 player in the class of 2013. By graduating early and enrolling in Georgetown this fall Domingo will join the Hoyas 2012 recruiting class that, up until now, had been headlined by former Oak Hill Academy PG D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera.

Domingo is a 6-7 wing who is known for his ability to make tough jumpers from the perimeter. Since he just recently turned 17 years old there is no telling how much more he could grow between now and the conclusion of his Hoyas career. He should be able to come in and immediately fill the void that was left by Hollis Thompson when he decided to forego his senior year at Georgetown and enter the NBA Draft.

More details to follow as they come out but this is certainly a reason for Hoyas fans everywhere to rejoice. Here is hoping that we get the opportunity to see Domingo join the rest of the Hoyas in the Kenner League at some point this summer.

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By: Willis

0 Bradley Beal, the Wizards #3 overall draft pick, finally signed his contract! Not that I was starting to worry or anything. Apparently, though, Beal may not be the starter right off the bat, with Washington choosing Crawford over the field. (WaPo)

0 Truthaboutit.net has a good piece on the changing of the Washington Wizards in hopes of the team eventually coming into their own (in an entirely different way than the Arenas Era).

0 Mike Prada of BulletsForever applies the Chad Ford (ESPN) NBA Draft Tier list, which is what I’m going to be calling it from now on, to the Wizards. He attempts to rank the young Wizards based on necessity to the team. My list? 1.) John Wall. Bradley Beal. Kevin Seraphin. Then everyone else.

0 This is older news but always nice to get a refresher about. InsideMDSports compiled a little segment after Andrew Harrison, the highly touted 2013 basketball recruit, went on an official visit to UMD-CP. He sounds lukewarm about the university, so I’ll say this to Mark Turgeon: The twins might end up being the most important signing in Maryland history. Yep, I said it.

0 In related news, the Baltimore Sun does their weekly recruiting roundup of Maryland Basketball, and in it this time they make Terps fans salivate. Why? The Harrison Twins have moved forward their decision day to a less narcissistic September, rather than in October on their birthdays.

0 The Annual Nike Pro-City Basketball Summer League tips off, and in it are lots and lots of Georgetown players. It used to be called the Kenner League, but they went and messed that all up. Nonetheless, if you’re in the area it’s worth attending to watch some seriously talented players ball for cheap. (Afro.com)

0 The 2014 recruiting class seems far away now, but it will be upon us in no time, and ClonesConfidential brings some news about 5-Star forward Chris McCullough’s intentions so far. Not a lot has changed, but on his list is definitely Georgetown

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By: Bohlin

It’s officially that time of the year. The start of the well-known Kenner League (Or the Nike Pro-City League as was renamed but will no longer be referenced by in this post) is upon us. As a DC native I have always known of the Kenner League and its rich history but this will be the first time I have had the opportunity to attend games.

Our friends over at Casual Hoya provided a great primer for the what to expect when attending a Kenner League game at the McDonough Arena on Georgetown’s campus.

This marks the first chance to see the 2012 recruiting class, led by point guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Mouth of
Wilson, Va./Oak Hill Academy), for ourselves. All together there will be 12 members of the Hoyas 2012-2013 team that will be participating. If you love Hoyas hoops that should more than pique your interest in this summers installment of the Kenner.

These Hoyas are spread out among the leagues 14 teams. I have listed the players participating and their corresponding team below (* indicates incoming freshman).

Markel Starks: Clyde’s
Nate Lubick: Clyde’s
Otto Porter: The Tombs
John Caprio: The Tombs
*Brandon Bolden: The Tombs
*Bradley Hayes: The Tombs
*D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera: The Tombs
Jabril Trawick: DCX
Greg Whittington: DCX
Mikael Hopkins: Team Takeover
Aaron Bowen: Emery Heights Elite
Moses Ayegba: Hoop Magic

The Kenner is split into two divisions, the Hyper Dunk Division and the Hyper air division. Emery Heights Elite, Hoop Magic and The Tombs will compete in the Hyper Dunk Division while Clyde’s, DCX and Team Takeover will play in the Hyper Air Division.

Regular season games will be played every weekend starting today, July 6th, through Sunday, July 29th. The playoffs will begin on Thursday, August 2nd and run through Sunday, August 5th.

Check back with the Dime over the next month for coverage of the 2012 Kenner League.

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By: Willis

0 Doc Rivers just lost in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, and I guess that would give a somewhat reasonable reason as to why he has to lash out at the Wizards organization….(Washington Post)

0 SB Nation reports that the Wizards also plan on working out 6 players on Tuesday in preparation for the NBA Draft. Does this mean we’re going to trade for another pick in this draft?

0 Speaking of potential draft picks, you’ve got to love it when Thomas Robinson, in an interview with SI.com, claims that he wants to “kill everyone.” Kinda makes me want to draft him….

0 In a bit of Hoyas and Wizards related news, which is rare, fellow Bishop O’Connell alum Jason Clark is planning on working out for Washington. Hats off, Mr. Clark! (CSN Washington)

0 I’d normally never link anything related to the Toronto Raptors onto this website, but it has to do with Georgetown forward Hollis Thompson, so why not? (RaptorsHQ)

0 According to ESPN.com’s Big East blog, Georgetown is a Top 5 coaching job in the conference. I’d have to completely agree with that assessment, except that academic standards may bring it down a notch. I’d still rank it above Louisville.

0 Terrapin fans, embrace Jake Layman! This kid has a bright future, as the future Terrapin power forward just landed himself a spot on the U-18 USA basketball roster. #Imcised (SB Nation)

0 Former Maryland Terrapins legend Walt Williams, who was the original Gary Williams pupil, is still managing to do great things in the community (He might be my favorite Terp). (Baltimore Sun)

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By: Willis

Does JT III resemble the school mascot in any way?

0 Obviously it would have been nice to have Mike D’Antoni, Jerry Sloan, Stan Van Gundy, or even Jeff Van Gundy, but as ESPN.com reports, Randy Wittman will do just fine for the Wizards.

0 CSN Washington has put Thomas Robinson on their radar for the upcoming NBA draft, compiling a comprehensive scouting analysis that, presumably, Ernie will eventually look at.

0 Someone likes Maryland over at the BleacherReport.com, because they’ve decided to go ahead and break down the Terps best options as PG moving forward. This is kind of a no-brainer…

0 In unrelated yet equally compelling Maryland news, I for one can’t wait to see how awesomely bad-ass this all-black field is going to be for the football team. At least we won’t be able to see the field when Connecticut comes in and whips our tails. (LostLetterman.com)

0 The Hoyas can’t catch a break on the recruiting trail this offseason. And, as SB Nation reported just a few days ago, top recruit Devonta Pollard has chosen Alabama over the Hoyas. Guess he likes football more than future employment…

0 In case you missed it, Rob Dauster of SI.com has written an interesting piece on the development of big men at Georgetown University in more than one way. I respect JTIII more after reading it.

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By: Bohlin

One of the top talents in the class of 2013 will be playing their college basketball at the Phone Booth. St. Ignatius High School (San Francisco, CA) forward Stephen Domingo committed to the Hoyas this past Monday. The consensus four-star recruit, who had over 30 committable offers, chose Georgetown over programs such as Big East foe Louisville, Arizona, Cal, Harvard, Stanford, UCLA and Washington. A three-year varsity starter, Domingo is currently ranked as the #44 prospect in the country by ESPN.com

Domingo has had many the accolades during his first three years at St. Ignatius. The 6’7 200 pound forward has earned all-leaguefirst-team, all-city, all-metro and all-state honors. In addition, he is partof the Adidas National Development Team, the USA Basketball 17U Development Team and the Dream Vision Traveling Team.

Domingo remained humble throughout the entire recruiting process, which is a tough thing to do when you are that young have an inordinate amount of attention placed on you. “I was very honored to have been recruited by many outstanding coaches and programs,” he added. “In the end, I felt Georgetown was by far the best fit for me and what I hope to accomplish in college.”

Domingo seems to be happy with his decision and did not give any indication that he would continue to look around at other school after pledging his commitment to the Hoyas. “I’m proud to be a part of Hoya Nation,”Domingo said. “Georgetown will help me develop into an outstanding basketball player and an outstanding young man.”

It seems fitting that once Hollis Thompson left school that JTIII and staff would close the deal on yet another prep star from the state of California. Hopefully Domingo can have the same sort of positive impact on the Hoyas program that Thompson brought from the left coast a few years ago.

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By: Willis

The Terrapins basketball team is going to have a tough time in 2012-2013. They lost the ACC’s leading scorer in Terrell Stoglin to the NBA draft, their Senior leadership in Sean Mosley, and gritty swingman Mychal Parker to transfer and dubious circumstances. And with a preview of the ACC schedule coming out (or at least the layout of it),  it doesn’t look like the schedule will be terribly kind to a very young Terrapins team. Allow me to explain.

With the incorporation of Syracuse and Pittsburgh into the ACC within the next two seasons, there had to be an adjustment of the schedule to accommodate said teams. This means that the 18 game conference schedule had to be adjusted. One of the first axes? No more home-and-home games with Duke. Instead, Maryland will play Duke only one time, which marks the first time that’s occured since 1953. So forgive me when I say that I think the commisioner is a complete jerk for allowing this to happen. Maryland-Duke is an epically passionate rivalry for Terrapin and Duke fans alike. We legitimately don’t like each other. If someone is wearing a Duke hoodie, I would have to think twice before even having a discussion with them. They’re like the people who talk to themselves on the metro; you just kinda look at them warily. I don’t have many friends who went to Duke, and if I we get into a sports argument, there’s a good chance we’ll both come away with hurt feelings. Hell, my friend was sent to the hospital after we beat Duke (and proceeded to riot). To deprive fans of something like that is nothing short of treason.

I’m livid and I think both Duke and Maryland fans should be livid, too. We do not want to play them once and supplement the other would-be game with a lame matchup with Pittsburgh. I get that Pittsburgh has been successful in recent years, and it could develop into a potentially rough matchup; heck, it could even become a rivalry. What it will never live up to, however, is a Maryland-Duke game that occurs twice a years. Such is the vitriol and venom between both sides. If I was unable to laugh at Scheyer twice a season or The Rat Coach over and over again regardless of venue, it makes me sad. How can Duke-Wake or Duke-NC State even come close to equating to what we had. This is like finding out your girlfriend’s family has decided to move her to a Talented And Gifted School, and you just didn’t have the grades to get in. Except that the Terrapins did have the grades, and just got the shaft by some greedy schedulers. Again, I get that the ACC has to make money (which they already make plenty of), but how is this conducive to more greenbacks?

Aside from the obvious blow the Terrapins took in losing a game with Duke, more ACC teams means more ACC games. The ACC is a gauntlet that, while not being as strong as it is historically, is certainly stout. With the additions of Syracuse and Pittsburgh, the entire league just got tougher. Syracuse could run roughshod over Maryland whenever we play them. Trading a Duke game in favor of Pitt or ‘Cuse means a powerhouse opponent of similar skill level. Jim Boeheim is not going to have marginal success in the ACC; he has officially raise the bar. The Terrapins are going to need to recruit harder, play harder, and develop quicker if they want to keep their heads above water moving forward. As much as I hate to say it, this move means we could lose plenty of recruits to some of the bigger powers in college basketball. Mark Turgeon is shaping into a great recruiter, though, so it appears he might be up to the task of making us competitive once again.

All in all? Bitter disappointment mixed with tepid optimism.

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