The University of Maryland has oral commitments from two area basketball players, according to their coaches.
Dunbar guard Johnny Rhodes and High Point guard Wayne Bristol are expected to sign during next month's early signing period. The Baltimore Evening Sun reported the commitments Friday.
What makes the commitments more intriguing for Maryland Coach Gary Williams is that Rhodes and Bristol will play their senior seasons in systems similar to his.
Rhodes, 6 feet 5, was ranked Washington's best prospect and among the top 60 nationally by the Bob Gibbons scouting service. As a junior, he was the third-leading scorer (15 points a game) for 34-3 Dunbar.
"Maryland plays a pressure-style defense and likes to get up and down the floor," said Dunbar Coach Mike McLeese. "That's what we like to do. I think he's a perfect match."
McLeese said Rhodes's strength is making jumpers, but he averaged seven rebounds a game last season.
Bristol, 6-2, averaged 19.2 points and 6.5 rebounds for High Point, which went 24-2 last season and was Class 4A state runner-up.
While Rhodes is the more highly touted of the two, High Point Coach Ernie Welch said Bristol should help the Terrapins.
"I think there's a question whether he's a big-time ACC guard, but I think that's always a question with a guy entering his senior season in high school," said Welch, whose transition style enabled High Point to average 92 points per game last season.