by Pete Medhurst

The University of Maryland has some good recruits coming in 2012, but Damonte Dodd won’t be among them. Interestingly, this is likely the best move for both parties as the youngster will now join the Terrapins in 2013.

Dodd, a 6-9 forward who splashed on the scene out of obscurity this season, will prep for a year at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Virginia. The Queen Anne’s County High School product would likely have had a hard time getting too many minutes at Maryland and a prep year will give him a chance to further enhance his skills against one of the nation’s best schedules.

Last year, Massanutten, under first-year coach Chad Myers, went 28-8 and nearly upset eventual National Champion Brewster Academy, losing 92-88 in National Prep Quarterfinals.

“Its great to have Dodd coming aboard. He will be a big help for us and a lot of great potential to get even better and help Maryland in 2013,”, Myers said.

Maryland Assistant Coach Scott Spinelli made trips out to Massanutten during the season and cultivated a relationship with the school that could benefit the Terps in future years.

Myers sent 7 kids in his initial season to Division I schools, with Corban Collins (LSU) and Terry Brutus (Mississippi) signing in the SEC, Bryan Harris and Zac Grossenbacher both going to Wofford, Cody Joyce (Houston Baptist), Cam Jones (Kennesaw State) and Cam Neysmith (Charleston Southern). Three others signed D2 and NAIA offers.

Harris and Joyce were two local kids from Southern High in Anne Arundel County. Myers is has dipped into the fertile Mid-Atlantic recruiting grounds again. Ahmad Fields is another local product going to Massanutten in the fall.

“Chad will put the kids in a great situation academically and basketball wise. Kids don’t need prep if their grades are garbage, but prep schools give the kids who may need the extra seasoning a great chance to get better and Massanutten provides that chance,” Southern Coach Will Maynard said.

“We had a very successful first year. I got the job two months before school started and got right to work, got some great kids and they came in played with great intensity and worked hard and we got great results” Myers said.

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