>> From the blog yesterday, Maryland received its final ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup before jumping ship to the latter conference. The Terrapins will face Ohio State, which finished this season four points away from the Final Four and return all contributors but leading scorer DeShaun Thomas.
>> Maryland also inked a late-December home matchup with Tulsa, and per an individual with knowledge of the situation will take an early-August exhibition tour to the Bahamas, the home country of center Shaquille Cleare.
>> Class of 2014 point guard Tre Campbell, whose recruiting stock soared over recent weeks, announced his commitment to Georgetown on Twitter late Thursday night. A three-star recruit per 247sports.com and Washington’s top-ranked player, Campbell also held a Maryland offer, not to mention 10 others from Division I programs.
Per colleague Brandon Parker, Campbell grew up a fan of Georgetown and guard Allen Iverson. The Hoyas offered him on April 30, so committing didn’t take too long.
(UPDATE: Parker chatted with Campbell here.)
>> Pe’Shon Howard hasn’t announced a transfer decision yet, but college basketball reporter Jon Rothstein reported that Southern California is seriously in the mix for Howard’s services. The Trojans, featuring first-year coach Andy Enfield of Dunk City fame, are looking for a point guard to replace graduated senior Jio Fontan.
Howard has kept things close to the vest during his transfer recruitment, and I wouldn’t expect anything until his new destination becomes official. He’ll likely apply for an NCAA hardship waiver, given that he’s transferring home to be with his sick grandmother.
It should be noted, Howard’s three most recent follows on Twitter are Enfield, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden and the men’s hoops program.
>> T.C. Williams 2014 defensive end Jeremiah Clarke narrowed his college list down to six late Tuesday night. Maryland didn’t make the cut. Per 247sports.com, Clarke is a three-star recruit and the 16th-ranked player in Virginia. His top six, in any order, are Penn State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia, Miami and Tennessee. Responding to a Maryland fan on Twitter, however, Clarke said that list isn’t quite final.
>> As reported earlier this week, Memphis transfer Antonio Barton visits Maryland this weekend. The Terps currently sit at nine scholarships, discounting John Auslander and Conner Lipinski, and they expect to add a 10th this offseason.
They rolled 10-deep last season, but bringing in another guard would give them a seven-wing rotation with Seth Allen, Roddy Peters, Dez Wells, Nick Faust, Jake Layman, Evan Smotrycz (an anticipated stretch four) and whichever transfer arrives. Cleare, Charles Mitchell and Damonte Dodd are expected to anchor the post, though none will be older than sophomores.
Suffice to say, Coach Mark Turgeon should be playing extensive “small ball” next season, utilizing Smotrycz’s face-up game, three-point shooting abilities and capable post defense to create matchup issues alongside that stable of athletic wings. Whoever runs the show, be it Allen, Peters or a one-year graduate rental, remains in flux.
>> Maryland football made ESPN’s “College Football Live” on Wednesday afternoon, listed among analyst Andre Ware’s “bounce back teams,” though he apparently referred to wide receiver Deon Long as “Deon Ross,” probably mixing surnames with running back Brandon Ross. Per the Baltimore Sun, Ware said that “anything short of a bowl game will be a disappointment.”
>> Speaking of bowl games, the ACC announced its bowl affiliations earlier this week. They include: Military Bowl (Dec. 27), Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (Dec. 27, San Francisco), Belk Bowl (Dec. 28, Charlotte), Russell Athletic Bowl (Dec. 28, Orlando), Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Dec. 30, Nashville), AdvoCare V100 Bowl (Dec. 31, Shreveport, La.), Hyundai Sun Bowl (Dec. 31, El Paso, Texas), Chick-fil-A Bowl (Dec. 31, Atlanta) and Discover Orange Bowl (Jan. 3, Miami).
>> Maryland football announced dates for its summer camps, appropriately available at www.marylandfootballcamp.com. The Terps have four prospect sessions, four separate skill camps and two sessions of three-day camps. Look for offers and/or commitments to emerge from these.