Dimitry Coronel of Tabor Academy and Barry Webster of Lee Academy have both given verbal commitments to accept basketball scholarships from the University of Maine.
The verbals were reported on the NewEnglandRecruitingReport.com website.
UMaine head coach Ted Woodward is prohibited by NCAA rules from commenting on a recruit until the school has received his signed National Letter of Intent. The early signing period begins Nov. 9.
Coronel is a 6-foot-4 swing player from Boston who played his first three years at East Boston High School before transferring to Tabor Academy, in Marion, Mass., a year ago. There, he earned All-New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Class A second-team recognition for coach Chris Millette.
Coronel, who played last summer for the Metro Boston AAU team, reportedly has the ability to shoot from 3-point range but also is an accomplished one-on-one player who can take the ball to the basket.
NERR said Coronel made his decision after visiting the Orono campus last weekend and watching the Black Bears go through practices.
Webster is a 6-10 post player from England who will further diversify UMaine’s international flavor.
Webster attended Burleigh Community College in Leicestershire, England, prior to coming to the U.S. to attend Lee Academy.
“Barry barely played basketball before he joined, and his improvement has been meteoric,” Phil Gleadell, Burleigh’s head of physical education, said last spring in a school newsletter about U.S.-bound athletes.
Webster is a native of Coalville, Leiscestershire, England, and spoke about his opportunity in the same Burleigh CC publication.
“I travelled to the U.S. last summer (2010) with a team organized by Guildford Heat coach Creon Raftopoulos to play in an AAU tournament in Florida, and it was a great experience,” Webster said. “Now going there full time is a dream come true.”
The participation of Coronel and Webster at UMaine is contingent upon their acceptance by the university and compliance with NCAA initial-eligibility guidelines.