- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 15, 2001

The Maryland basketball team was in the process of officially landing its four latest recruits yesterday as the NCAA's early signing period opened. DeMatha High School forward Travis Garrison and Virginia Beach point guard John Gilchrist lead a highly regarded quartet that is rated among the best classes to enter College Park.
Fairmont Heights shooting guard Chris McCray and Maine swingman Nik Caner-Medley round out the pivotal group, which will be vital to keeping the Terrapins among the nation's elite.
The second-ranked Terps lose three starting seniors after this season: center Lonny Baxter, small forward Byron Mouton and shooting guard Juan Dixon. The 6-foot-9 Garrison, a favorite to become a McDonald's All-American, is expected to have an immediate impact.
"They need some instant help," said Morgan Wootten, DeMatha's Hall of Fame coach. "They need a scoring punch, and he will provide that. He's ready to step in and play right away. He's a complete player. He can run the floor. He's a very good shooter and a good rebounder."
Garrison could play either forward spot. The 6-2 Gilchrist is considered one of the nation's top prep point guards and could be part of a three-guard combination with current juniors Steve Blake and Drew Nicholas. Caner-Medley, who is 6-7 and considered a top-50 recruit along with Garrison and Gilchrist, is known as a strong outside shooter. The 6-3 McCray, a top-75 player according most recruiting services, has a reputation as an all-around scorer.
Maryland coach Gary Williams did not comment on the newcomers yesterday as he waited for paperwork to be finalized. The NCAA prohibits coaches from talking about recruits until they have signed officially. Williams did say he may add a fifth recruit before the spring signing period.


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