Williams, Driesell Mining CT Prep School

Jin-Soo Kim is one of 3 South Kent UMD targets.

South Kent Prep (CT) coach Raphael Chillious and Maryland assistant Chuck Driesell share a longstanding relationship, going back to when Chillious played at Sherwood High and Driesell at neighboring Springbrook. So it made sense to recruit from talent-laden South Kent – like seven-foot senior Assane Sene, 6-9 junior Jin Soo Kim and junior guard Mo Creek, already on Maryland recruiting board.


"You've got to get up here to see our guys," Chillious told him.

He didn't have to tell Driesell twice.

Driesell has been up to South Kent on multiple occasions this fall, and apparently has loved what he's seen. He recently made a return trip with head coach Gary Williams in tow, and by the time they'd left, the Terps had offered a scholarship to Kim, in addition to their already standing offer to Sene.

Kim, a wiry three-man from South Korea who has been in the U.S. for three years, was an under-the-radar type of player because most of his time had been spent in international play. But that's no longer the case. Maryland and California have already offered scholarships to the 2009 prospect, while Georgetown is hot on his trail as well.

With the Terps making such a quick offer to Kim, is it safe to say Williams very much liked what he saw?

"That might be an understatement," Chillious said. "He's terrific. He's a 6-9 ‘three' and can also play the ‘two.' He can really shoot the ball and has great footwork – that's what really jumped out at Gary Williams. He's just a terrific shooter, long and athletic. He can guard ‘fours' who play face to the basket and some fours who play back to the basket."

Kim was the first middle school player to play for the South Korea junior national team and was named one of the top five players at the Nike Asia Camp this past summer. He has not taken any visits and does not have any firm plans, though it seems likely he'll check out Maryland and Georgetown soon. There's no set timetable on his recruitment.

"If one of them does a really good job of recruiting him, which both are doing right now, I could see him committing to one of those school [in the not-too-distant future]," Chillious said.

Sene, meantime, appears to be a top target in the middle for the Terps. He's 7 feet, 230 pounds with a 7-foot-6 wingspan, but is not considered a project like so many players with his size – especially those new to the country like Sene, who came from Senegal in March after his travel visa was delayed several months.

"He's a big, athletic lefty," Chillious said. "The first thing college coaches notice is, his offensive game is very fluid. A lot of times the offense is behind the defense, but that is not the case. He has a real mid-range game and blocks everything in sight. If he doesn't block it, he changes the shot. He just plays harder than everyone else. He plays incredibly hard all of the time."

Sene visited Virginia this weekend, the second time he has been to Charlottesville. Connecticut, UCLA, Texas and Kansas are also vying for his signature. When that will happen, no one knows.

"He plays it very close to the vest," Chillious said. "He's working on determining [where else he'll visit] right now, but he's taking a very methodical approach to the whole recruiting thing.

"He's big-time. Everybody and their brother is trying to get him to go to their school right now."

And then there's Creek, the 6-foot-4 junior shooting guard from Oxon Hill. Maryland has been on him for some time, but Creek recently said Pittsburgh, Marquette and Texas are the top schools on his list. It seems, as expected, the interest may have cooled on both he and Maryland's sides after the Terps took a commitment from senior shooting guard Sean Mosley.

"For him, it changed when Sean Mosley committed to Maryland, because they both play the same position," Chillious said. "But I don't think Maryland is out of it."

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