2014 Rankings Report: Maryland

Here is a look at where the Maryland Terrapins commitments come in, in the final 2014 rankings, and why they are ranked where they are.

Though results on the court have been mixed at Maryland the last few years, Head Coach Mark Turgeon has definitely been attracting top talent to the program and this year is no different with five players ranked at the four-star level.

Making a move up the rankings was Romelo Trimble. The combo guard had an absolutely tremendous senior season, and really was right on the cusp of five-star status moving up from No. 35 to No. 30 in the country. Trimble showed improved quickness, a better handle, and the ability to really create for himself all year long.

Combine those improvements with the fact that he is one of the most efficient scorers in the country and there was reason to bump Trimble up a few spots in the rankings. At the McDonald's All-American Game practices the decision was made that he looked just short of the five-star level because of a lack of athleticism and defined position, but still he is seen as somebody who can clearly make an immediate impact.

While Trimble went up some on the strength of a great senior year, Dion Wiley was bumped down in the rankings. Wiley fell from No. 28 to No. 45. The reason was simple, in multiple in person viewings Wiley looked out of shape and much slower than he did during the spring and summer.

Now while that is correctable, and will be taken care of in college, it does speak to his commitment to the game, and that was cause for concern. Wiley still can really score, but compared to his peers he just didn't do enough to maintain his ranking.

At the end of the top 100 Trayvon Reed and Jared Nickens had slight movement. Reed moved down a few spots while Nickens moved up a few spots in the rankings. Both prospects remain what they are. Reed is a shot blocking athletic center who is developing on the offensive end while Nickens is a knockdown shooter who is improving off the bounce.

Also while he doesn't have a ranking, Michal Cekovsky does have a four-star rating. Since he doesn't play his high school ball in the United States he isn't eligible for a spot in the top 100, and therefore wasn't discussed as to where he would rank. However one thing is clear, he has a lot of ability.

Evan Daniels was very impressed with Cekovsky at the National Prep Showcase noting that he is a skilled center with a lot of natural ability. This is a kid who could be ready to contribute right away for the Terps.

Overall this is a big time class for Maryland. While there might not be a program changing recruit, there are five prospects who all look like they could have excellent careers in College Park.


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