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Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 07/13/2011

Episcopal forward Arnaud Adala Moto sidelined by knee injury; Maryland, Virginia Tech expected to be among his final choices

This was supposed to be the chance for Episcopal All-Met forward Arnaud Adala Moto to show his stuff at the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C.

Instead, however, the 6-foot-6 rising senior is watching his Team Takeover teammates from the sidelines after injuring his left knee in a game Sunday night at the D.C. Metro Showcase. Still, Maroon Coach Jim Fitzpatrick said Adala Moto soon will trim his list of college suitors to “five or six” – possibly this weekend. Maryland, Virginia Tech and UCLA are expected to be among those still in consideration.

Adala Moto holds 15 scholarship offers from schools in the power conferences.

“We need to narrow this down soon,” Fitzpatrick said. “We would like to make an early decision after some visits in the fall.”

Fitzpatrick said Adala Moto “started laughing at me” when retrieved some crutches after they returned to their Alexandria boarding school following Sunday’s game. A trip to the orthopedist that night brought positive news, with no damage to the knee.

“The doctor said if he really wanted to push it, he could try to play this week,” Fitzpatrick said. “But he needed seven to 10 days to let the swelling go down. What could have been a really bad injury was what I would say is a minor knee sprain.

“The good news is he wasn’t chasing any more offers,” Fitzpatrick said. “We are very happy with the list that has offered.”

As for Maryland, Fitzpatrick said that Coach Mark Turgeon has made it clear the Terrapins are interested in Adala Moto. Once throught to be off the Maryland board after Montrose Christian’s Justin Anderson committed to the Terps before switching to Virginia, Turgeon last month requested films of three Episcopal games from last season.

“Within 72 hours of me sending them out, he received them, watched them and left me a detailed message … and they offered him a full ride,” Fitzpatrick said. “Obviously [assistant coach Dalonte] Hill followed up with me and they’ve been recruiting him hard since.”

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg and assistant Rob Ehsan were in attendance Sunday night when Adala Moto was injured.

Team Takeover, the Washington area’s top Nike-sponsored team, on Wednesday lost its first game in travel-team tournament this season., 62-61 to the Georgia Stars.

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