- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 14, 2007

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Maryland augmented its recruiting class yesterday when swingman Cliff Tucker signed a letter of intent.

The 6-foot-5 El Paso, Texas, native is ranked as the nation’s No. 89 prospect by Rivals.com and is the fifth member of a group that will arrive next fall to help replace an equally large senior class.

Tucker averaged 21.4 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.4 steals as a senior at Chapin High School and chose the Terps over Texas-El Paso. He will be the first Texan to play for the Terps since forward Ryan Randle (2001-03).

Tucker joins Baltimore forwards Braxton Dupree and Dino Gregory and Montrose Christian products Adrian Bowie and Shane Walker in the Terps’ recruiting class.

Tucker was one of two significant targets for the Terps during the spring signing period. Point guard Jai Lucas, the son of former Terps star John Lucas, visited Maryland to watch the Feb. 25 game against North Carolina and also is considering Florida, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

Maryland loses five scholarship seniors from a team that went 25-9 and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament and will only have three scholarship upperclassmen (seniors James Gist and Bambale Osby and junior Dave Neal) next season. The Terps will have three sophomores and six freshmen, including redshirt Jerome Burney, on scholarship.

Patrick Stevens

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