Tuesday, October 21, 2008

More Good News from College Park . . .

The Baltimore Sun's Matt Bracken reported yesterday that over the weekend, Coach B received verbal commitments from two highly-rated high-schoolers, Essence Townsend and Alyssa Thomas.

Essence is a 6'6" senior at Patterson (N.J.) Catholic, known for her shot-blocking ability and her rapidly improving offensive skills. She'll be joining the Terps beginning with the 2009-10 season.

There's a (double-hanky) feature about Essence in last December's The Record Online, linked here. (Matt Bracken also links to the same article from his report.) Please don't miss reading this! Still just a teenager, this young lady has already overcome more hardship than many of us experience in an entire lifetime. We haven't yet seen her play, but we're fans of hers already!

Welcome, Essence!

Our other very special future Terp, Alyssa, is a 6'2" junior wing from Central Dauphin (PA). She's currently ranked 27th in the Hoopgurlz Super 60 national rankings for the class of 2010. Impressive! She was a first-team all-state selection as a sophomore. And she still has two more seasons of high school ball to keep working on her game! We can't wait to see her play either! You can read more about Alyssa here in today's Patriot News article announcing her Maryland commitment.

Welcome, Alyssa!

Of course, early commits from two special players like these give Terps fans plenty to smile about and send a very positive message about the future of Terrapin basketball!


At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Stewart said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think ESPN did a story on her a few months ago. They were talking about her height and the fact that she can dunk.

At 1:42 PM, Blogger BasketCases said...

Correction: We believe you are wrong. :-)

You may be thinking of Brittany Griner, whose dunking exploits have been well documented on ESPN.


At 6:56 PM, Anonymous Stewart said...

Ah, thank you for the clarification. I couldn't remember. At any rate, I'm glad she'll be donning the red and black!

At 11:02 PM, Anonymous betsyindc said...

Dear Mystics Santa (ie Sheila),
It's the night before Christmas and I know you're bringing me a new GM tomorrow morning. I'm leaving out a plate of cookies and I'll be up all night peeking out the window hoping Anne Donovan or some other big name, accomplished, successful person arrives in a sleigh with a Mystics logo on the side. I cheered even when it was hopeless. I renewed my season tickets when all signs were headed downward. Please, Santa, bring me a good one! Please, no lumps of coal this Christmas!


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