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Local sleeper Damonte Dodd commits to Maryland

Maryland received its fourth commitment in the 2012 class, and has landed a sleeper interior prospect. Damonte Dodd, a 6′-9″ post player from Queen Anne’s (MD) made the call, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Dodd joins guard Seth Allen, forward Jake Layman and center Shaquille Cleare, in coach Mark Turgeon’s first recruiting class as the head man for the Terrapins. According to the report from the Baltimore Sun, Dodd received a scholarship offer and committed on Tuesday.

Cleare and Layman are both top-100 players in the class for Maryland, while Allen and Dodd are lesser-regarded. Dodd has a substantial frame at 240 pounds, and could form a sizable combo with Cleare, should he develop into a viable ACC prospect.

There isn’t much known about Dodd nationally, as he did not play on a nationally competitive traveling team, nor does he play for a high school team that has received much acclaim. His reported scholarship offers were from primarily low-major programs.

Dodd’s high school coach, Dale Becraft, told the Baltimore Sun, “He runs the floor extremely well. He’s got tremendous timing as far as altering and blocking shots. He rebounds well and has learned how to play high, which is a big thing, You see a lot of young big guys that negate their height by playing low, but he’s learned to play high. He needs to work on his go-to moves. Most of his shots are throwing the ball down through the bucket. That’s not a very difficult shot, when you’re dunking all the time.

To be sure, at this point Dodd seems like a long-term project in the post. Cleare is more  ready to contribute right away among incoming recruits, and the Terrapins do return a core of some interior players with experience. If Dodd has several seasons to develop, he could be a factor. After all, 6′-9″ and 240 pounds is a good starting point.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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