The University of Maryland basketball fanbase has a lot to look forward to, as five of six Terp commits helped lead the U.S. All-Stars to a 105-93 win over the Capital All Stars Saturday. The group included center Shaquille Cleare (14 points), Sam Cassell Jr. (12 points), Seth Allen (10 points), Charles Mitchell (seven points), and Damonte Dodd (six points).Virginia Tech commit Montrezl Harrell scored 24 points and was awarded the MVP award.
T.J. Huggins of the Capital All-Stars scored 10 points, six rebounds, and four assists, earning him the MVP award for his team. Montrose Christian and Virginia commit Justin Anderson, who was previously committed to Maryland, scored the team high 17 points. His high school teammate Michael Carrera also had 10 points.
The biggest highlight of the night would possibly be the recommitment of Sam Cassell Jr. to Maryland. After a short decommitment from the Terps, Cassell Jr. reaffirmed his pledge before the game in front of a Maryland-heavy crowd at T.C. Williams high school. After every player and coach on both teams in the main event of Saturday’s Capital Classic had been announced, Sam Cassell Jr. walked near center court and took a drink out of a cooler standing next to the scorer’s table. He pretended not to notice the public address announcer calling special attention to the lone player left to be introduced. When the P.A. announcer made clear he was revealing that Cassell had chosen to orally commit to Maryland, the player did his best to be unfazed by the cheers that erupted from the crowd at T.C. Williams High, too. And so, what passes for suspense at high school basketball all- star games was gone before the contest even began. Cassell originally had committed to Maryland in late March, but shortly thereafter, his father, former NBA guard and Washington Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell Sr., reportedly denied his son had settled on a college destination. The guard from Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., took official visits to South Florida and Pittsburgh over the past month, but on Saturday, he officially – and very publicly – arrived back at his initial decision to commit to the Terrapins. “I thought I rushed into it, because I didn’t get a chance to see any other schools,” Cassell Jr. said of his temporary de- commitment. “But after I seen the other schools, I knew Maryland was the place to be.”