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Meet Shaquille Cleare, Maryland’s ‘Most Touted Prospect In’ Years

If you’re a Maryland fan, you should read Eric Prisbell’s profile on Shaquille Cleare, who’s coming to College Park next season. Even if you’re not a Terps fan, you should read it for Cleare’s coming-to-America tale, as well as the shady recruitment from sordid comers that ensued.

Here, though, are some choice bits to paint a picture of the four-star recruit:

— Cleare is 6’9″, weighs 280 and has size-19 feet.
— He was a big baby, and he’s named after Shaquille O’Neal.
— He shared a three-bedroom home in Houston with 15 other Bahamians.
— His favorite artists include Al Green and Gladys Knight & the Pips.
— He averages 26 points per game on 83 percent shooting.

So, yeah, he’s an interesting cat. Can’t wait to see him alongside Terrell Stoglin and company. But please do read Prisbell’s piece. It’s good stuff, and you Maryland fans will enjoy the bit about him committing not just because of Gary Williams, but because of Mark Turgeon too.

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  1. Puttz

    January 31, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Assuming nothing unexpected happens, MD will be a top 25 team next year.

  2. Me

    January 31, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Maryland basketball: Expect the unexpected

  3. Nerds!

    January 31, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Did you really mean sorted, or sordid?

  4. Jamie Mottram

    January 31, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    I actually meant sorted but I like your word better.

  5. ThisGuy

    January 31, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Crazy. From the video, he loved Gary (cried when Gary retired!) and Turgeon just so happened to be his second favorite coach.

    I’d bet a pretty penny that factored into Turgeon’s hiring….

  6. Jamie Mottram

    January 31, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Good point. I hadn’t considered that, somehow.

  7. Puttz

    January 31, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Shaq hadn’t committed to MD when GW retired. Doubt it was a factor in hiring Turge. Generally that can be a factor for assistants, not HC.

    BTW, had JW not left, GW would be coaching this team and possibly be ranked. Terps would also have Gibbs but maybe not Len. Next year you lose JW and Mosley but add Shaq and Justin Anderson. This team is a beast under GW in 12-13. Either way, Turge will have them back next year as well.

  8. Jeff

    January 31, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    “Most touted prospect in a decade”

    …besides the McDonald’s All Americans I suppose.

  9. ThisGuy

    February 1, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Maybe Turgeon knew at that point or had a good feeling about it and sold it in the interview. I’d be surprised if he HADN’T raised his recruiting situation in the interview.

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