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Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 07/29/2011

Episcopal F Arnaud Adala Moto rules out Maryland, has Virginia Tech among final six choices

All-Met forward Arnaud Adala Moto of Episcopal has narrowed his college choices and Maryland is not among the final six schools he is considering.

According to Episcopal Coach Jim Fitzpatrick, Adala Moto’s final six choices are Virginia Tech, Miami, Florida, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

“What happens with most of these kids in recrtuiting, the schools that we narrowed it down to, Arnaud felt like he had the best connection to those coaching staffs, including the head coach,” Fitzpatrick said. “It wasn’t anything Coach [Mark] Turgeon and his staff didn’t do, but I think some relationships were already forged.”

Former Maryland coach Gary Williams also had recruited Adala Moto, but the Terrapins’ interest waned in March when Justin Anderson of Montrose Christian verbally committed to play in College Park. However, after Williams retired and Turgeon was hired, Anderson switched his commitment to Virginia and Adala Moto seemed back in play for Maryland.

The Terrapins’ new coaching staff, though, seemed slow to recruit Adala Moto. He went for an unofficial visit to Maryland in early June, Fitzpatrick then sent game videos to Turgeon and shortly thereafter a scholarship was offered. But Turgeon only saw Adala Moto play at the LeBron James Skills Camp during the summer evaluation period; Adala Moto missed most of the evaluation period after dislocating his kneecap.

“The rest of the staff was hot on him, but Turgeon was shaky because he didn’t really see him play,” said Keith Stevens, who coaches Adala Moto on the Team Takeover travel team. “Which I think is a bad move.”

Adala Moto plans to sign a letter-of-intent in the early signing period this fall, Fitzpatrick said.

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