The Terrapins desperately needed to sign a point guard this cycle, and with so few undecided floor generals remaining within the high school ranks, Mark Turgeon turned to Odessa (Texas) Community College to win out for Jaylen Brantley, who visited College Park this past weekend.
Albeit a juco, Brantley's name rings very familiar. He teamed with star center Nerlens Noel on the travel circuit for Boston-based BABC, a squad that also included future Maryland teammate Jake Layman.
Brantley originally chose Marshall out of high school from the 2013 class, but he needed an academic detour to junior college. Reportedly, however, he has settled lingering grade issues and actually will enjoy three years of eligibility with the Terps, beginning in 2015-16.
By far, the 5-10 sparkplug's greatest asset is his quickness. Brantley boasts a very quick first step and is tough enough to slice into the paint despite his lack of height. He likes to make plays for others yet also can score himself on short running bank shots.
Maryland will rely heavily on freshman combo guard Romelo Trimble this season, and Brantley will help alleviate some pressure beginning next year. Because Trimble is a bigger, stronger guard who's also a fine outside shooter — and who can defend opposing wings — he and Brantley should complement each other very well.
The Terps also remain hot on the trail of top-five center Diamond Stone, who visited Maryland officially this past weekend as well.