Four-star guard Darryl Morsell made his decision and he is staying close to home and playing for the Maryland Terrapins. The Terps led by Mark Turgeon and assistant Bino Ranson were able to keep the local talent home over schools like Notre Dame, Dayton, and Villanova.
Landing Morsell is big. He is the No. 60 ranked player in the class of 2017, and a local player hailing from Baltimore. It has always been important for Maryland to keep the best in the area home, and this fits that bill.
Now the question is what will Morsell bring to the Terrapins roster.
At right around 6-foot-4, Morsell has the size to play on the wing while also possessing the ball handling capability to spend some time at the point guard position. This summer when Morsell exploded on the scene while playing with Team Melo, he showed a dynamic first step and an ability to get to the rim.
With his size, athleticism, and ability to score when going to the rim, Morsell is an excellent complement to what Maryland has on their roster. There is no way to know whether Melo Trimble will return to College Park for his senior season, and that left players such as Anthony Cowan, Dion Wiley, and Kevin Huerter to fill the backcourt spots.
What makes Morsell important is he is very different from those guys. Cowan is a true point guard who is extremely tough and has a god feel for the game, but he is small and not a tremendous athlete. Wiley is mostly a shooter from the outside who has some ability off the bounce, and then Huerter again is a solid athlete, but he is going to make his mark by shooting and showing a good IQ.
This works well for Morsell because shooters like Huerter and Wiley along with wing Jared Nickens should provide floor spacing for him which Morsell needs. Morsell absolutely is not someone who is a threat from the outside, and because of that he needs teammates who can take the pressure off of him and space the floor.
Now Maryland has a very strong backcourt with depth and pieces that fit well together. While it is possible that Morsell will improve his outside shot some, which is his Achilles heel, odds are until late in his career he will need others to carry the burden of making shots, and Maryland has that, but they didn’t have an athlete and a slasher like Morsell.
Combining Morsell with the pieces that Turgeon has brought in makes Maryland a threat and continues the ongoing re-load in College Park. Also is keeps the Terps at the forefront of recruiting in the always fertile areas of Washington D.C. and Baltimore.