Sunday, May 8, 2011

Puerto Rico Recruits Watch To See Who Maryland Selects As New Head Coach

With several top Puerto Rico recruits expected to attend high school in the Washington, DC area many of them are watching closely to see who is announced as the next Head Basketball Coach. Arizona's coach, Sean Miller and Jamie Dixon from Pitt have both decided to stay put.

IPRB has learned that VCU coach, Shaka Smart would serious consider the position if it were offered to him. A source close to Smart told IPRB, " Shaka would have to seriously consider this. He is an incredibly loyal guy and VCU showed him a lot of love with the contract extension but this is Maryland. There is no area in the world that has more talent than in the DC/Baltimore area. People closest to him are telling him that he must take a serious look."

PR Playmakers Founder, Todd Washington who is from Washington, DC and has strong relationships in the local DMV grassroots basketball scene said," Maryland is one of the top jobs in the country. When you talk about the DMV (DC, Maryland and Virginia) you are talking about the best high school basketball and AAU teams in the country. They play in arguably the second best conference in the college basketball and their facilities are top notch. It would be great if they could get Shaka Smart. Maryland would really benefit from hiring a young African American coach. The perception among many in the area is that Maryland is completely out of touch in terms of recruiting."

While Smart is not currently on the list other names mentioned are Brad Stevens (Butler) and Mike Brey (Notre Dame).