The college basketball world is about to be inundated with preseason rankings, awards and inflated expectations. It's the business of the sport, and consuming all the information is part of the allure of the early season for fans.
Baltimore native Sam Casell Jr. (Notre Dame Prep) made his college choice on Sunday and decided he will stay home and play for Maryland, according to numerous reports. Cassell, the son of former NBA point guard Sam Cassell, chose the Terps over South Florida, Connecticut and Central Florida, among others.
Maryland's 17th ranked class on ESPN.com has officially signed letters of intent to suit up for the Terps in 2012, the school announced on Wednesday afternoon. First-year head coach Mark Turgeon received letters from ESPNU 100 prospects Shaquille Cleare (Houston, Texas/The Village School) and Jake Layman (Wrentham, Mass.