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Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 05/26/2011

Is Episcopal forward Arnaud Adala Moto next on the Terps’ radar?

With Justin Anderson out of the picture, it is expected that Maryland will intensify its effort to recruit Episcopal All-Met junior forward Arnaud Adala Moto.


Arnaud Adala Moto could be in the Terps’ plans, but plenty of other college recruiters also are making a play for the Episcopal standout forward. (Joel Censer for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC)
“I think that there is a lot of people in the area who believe that since Anderson is heading to Virginia, that Arnaud might be a natural wing player Maryland might go after,” Episcopal Coach Jim Fitzpatrick said. “But the impression I get from Coach [Mark] Turgeon and his staff is that they are not going to move hastily. I think Coach Turgeon needs to see him with his own eyes in the July recruiting period. I guess they’re going to have interest, but how strong that interest is remains to be seen.”

While there is some thought that Adala Moto might remain in the Washington area, recruiting Adala Moto will be a challenge. The 6-foot-5 Cameroonian, who came to Episcopal as a sophomore, is attracting all sorts of attention from college coaches.

Florida on Wednesday offered Adala Moto a scholarship and on Thursday afternoon Fitzpatrick was on the phone with Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg, also calling to extend a scholarship offer. Texas and Ohio State also have started recruiting Adala Moto and he also already holds scholarship offers from Missouri, Miami, Wake Forest, Seton Hall, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech and North Carolina State, among others.

“The new Georgia Tech staff offered this week and I imagine Virginia Tech will also look to offer Arnaud sometime soon,” Fitzpatrick said Thursday just after lunchtime, before the call from Blacksburg, noting that the Hokies’ new assistant coach Rob Ehsan had been recruiting Adala Moto when he was an assistant to Gary Williams at Maryland.

“N.C. State has turned on the heat, but they’re also going hard after [DeMatha junior forward] Jerami Grant.”

Fitzpatrick said that Ohio State Coach Thad Matta and Vanderbilt Coach Kevin Stallings came to Alexandria this past spring evaluation period to watch Adala Moto.

“At that level, they’re looking at some other wings too, so they’re trying to figure out, is he in their top two or in their top three?” Fitzpatrick said.

“In terms of specific schools, we are wide open.”

Meantime, while Washington-area native Jordan Goodman earlier this week said he no longer is committed to Rutgers, it seems like a longshot for Goodman to end up at Maryland. Although Goodman has said he is considering Maryland and Arizona, One source familiar with the situation said the Terrapins have only a little interest in the 6-foot-10 junior forward who played this past season at Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville, Fla. Goodman, who played at Seneca Valley and Progressive Christian, originally committed to Georgetown but later switched his commitment to Rutgers after assistant coach David Cox left Georgetown for Rutgers.

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