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Shaquille Cleare Commits To Maryland Basketball, Terps Get 2012 Top 40 Recruit

Mark Turgeon landed his second recruit at Maryland on Wednesday, Houston big man Shaquille Cleare.

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Mark Turgeon has secured his second commitment as the head basketball coach at the University of Maryland, and this is a pretty big one. According to a tweet from Inside MD Sports, 2012 big man Shaquille Cleare has committed to the University of Maryland.

Cleare has been a strong Maryland lean for a while now, and was reportedly close to committing right before Gary Williams retired. That put off his commitment, but he still felt good enough about the University to commit.

Cleare is a mountain of a man, standing at 6 foot 9 with an enormous frame. Rivals ranks him as the 29th best player in the class of 2012, but he has been ranked as highly as 40 in some other ranking services.

He should help the Terps who will have a very thin front line, but his biggest impact could come in the 2013 recruitment of the twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison. Cleare plays on the same Houston AAU team as the Harrisons, who are both top ten recruits in the 2013 class. They both plan on visiting the Terps, and it should help to have someone on the inside like Cleare.

For more on Cleare's commitment, head on over to Testudo Times, who should be pretty excited about it.