Some quick-hitting Maryland news and recruiting updates, with football cooling off somewhat before preseason camp and men’s basketball about to enter the always-hectic open periods: July 10-14, 17-21 and 24-28:
>> Per the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Maryland men’s basketball team will host Florida Atlantic on Dec. 14. The Owls were 14-18 last season with a 213 RPI and an 0-4 record against the RPI top 100.
Here’s how Maryland’s nonconference schedule has shaken out so far, with 2012-13 RPI in parentheses:
Nov. 8: vs. Connecticut (45) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Nov. 22-25: Paradise Jam in U.S. Virgin Islands vs. Marist (254), Northern Iowa (79)/Loyola Marymount (212) and Providence (86)/Vanderbilt (109)/La Salle (41).
Dec. 4: at Ohio State (11) in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Dec. 8: vs. George Washington (138) at Verizon Center in BB&T Classic
Dec. 14: vs. Florida Atlantic (213)
Late December: vs. Tulsa (126)
TBD home nonconference games: Oregon State (180), Morgan State (237)
>> Peach Jam kicks off Wednesday in Augusta, S.C., and local powerhouse Team Takeover earned the top overall seed. Takeover, of course, features 2014 commit Dion Wiley and a host of other targets, including power forward Martin Geben, who just returned from Prague and the FIBA under-19 world championships, where he averaged 14.3 minutes and 5.9 points per game for bronze medalist Lithuania. (I’ll have more with Geben once he surfaces stateside.)
Georgia center Trayvon Reed will also be there, playing for Each 1 Teach 1, which faces Team Takeover on Saturday at 12 p.m.
>> Middletown (Md.) High School guard Justin Falcinelli committed to Clemson on Monday, per CUTigers.com.
Clemson has landed the commitment of Justin Falcinelli, the No. 22 offensive guard in the country. He’s a big boy (6-5, 300), from Maryland.
— CUTigers.com (@CUTigers_com) July 8, 2013
A three-star offensive lineman, according to 247sports.com, Falcinelli also had offers from Maryland, Nebraska and West Virginia, among others. The Terps, remember, held an open scrimmage at Middletown this spring, in an effort to expand their visibility into the state’s outlying regions and presumably to visit recruits there like Falcinelli.
>> This has nothing to do with recruiting, and I hate to be that guy raving about bodies, but per Seth Allen’s Instagram, Shaq Cleare looks like he’s really transformed himself this summer. (Warning: Link contains shirtless men.) Dropping weight was a big part of Cleare’s offseason training program, especially now that he’ll be counted upon more with Alex Len gone. So far, so good.