Baltimore is only two hours to the south of Philadelphia, and Lutheran Christian Head Coach Darryl Schofield has plucked several players out of the Charm City in recent years.
So it was no surprise to learn this past weekend at the Five-Star Hoop Classic that Schofield has picked up Tyler Smith (right), Jujuan Robinson and Renardo Dickerson out of Baltimore this month.
"Tyler and Jujuan will help us in the backcourt," Schofield said. "It should help open up things for Maurice Maxwell and Zakee Boyd. They bring the combination of knowing how to play and how to win, and that will help our younger guards grow up."
Smith, who attended undefeated city and state champion Douglas H.S. in Baltimore this past year, is looking to boost his academic resume before moving on to the Division I ranks.
"The leader for Tyler is DePaul," Schofield said. "It will come down to DePaul, Georgetown, Pittsburgh and Charlotte -- those are the schools that I've heard from so far."
Smith led the Baltimore area in scoring last season with 28.1 points per game with 27 double-digit games and averaged 5.0 assists and 4.9 steals for the City and State Class 3A champions. He shot 59 percent from the field and 45 percent from behind the arc. He was named the Baltimore Sun's Player of the Year.
-- Denny Conroy contributed to this report.