- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 17, 2001

The Maryland basketball team added a second recruit to its class for the 2002-03 season when Maine's Nik Caner-Medley made an oral commitment to the Terps over the weekend.

Caner-Medley, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound guard/forward, averaged 26.8 points and 12.7 rebounds last season for Deering High School in Portland.

"He can really get in the air," Deering coach Mike Francoeur said. "He's athletic and long. He has decent range, 21 to 22 feet. If you saw him play, you would say he plays above the rim. He's a real high-flyer."

Caner-Medley led Deering to 21-1 record, with its only loss coming in the state championship game. He chose Maryland over Virginia, Missouri, Kansas and Connecticut.

NCAA regulations do not allow college coaches to comment on recruits until they have officially signed a letter of intent.

Caner-Medley is the second rising senior scheduled to accept a scholarship with the Terps during the early signing period in the fall. Fairmont Heights High School shooting guard Chris McCray also has agreed to join Gary Williams' squad.

Small forward Cortez Davis also made an oral, nonbinding commitment to Maryland three weeks ago but has since reopened the recruiting process. It is unlikely Davis, who is from the District and played at a Maine prep school last year, will play for the Terps.

Caner-Medley will compete for playing time his freshman season. Maryland will lose three senior starters Juan Dixon, Byron Mouton and Lonny Baxter after this season. There is no heir apparent at Mouton's small forward spot.

"What put Maryland over the top was I felt really comfortable with the coaches and players," said Caner-Medley, who is playing in the top national summer tournaments. "The atmosphere was real laid-back, and I liked it. And there is definitely playing time available. That was a plus."

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