Maryland Still a Top Choice for Morgan

Despite the national attention he is receiving, Morgan still has eyes for Terps

Five-star recruit Dwayne Morgan was at the Comcast Center on Saturday, Nov. 24 when Maryland took on Georgia Southern.

It was a successful night for both parties. Maryland recorded a 70-53 victory, while Morgan got a chance to talk to the coaching staff during his visit, according to Dwayne Wise, general manager and media coordinator of Morgan's travel team Baltimore's Finest.

Now widely considered one of the country's top recruits of the 2014 class, the Baltimorean received interest from Maryland before he reached such national acclaim. In result, early contact helped the Terrapins build a good rapport with Morgan.

“He goes up to Maryland a lot because they've been recruiting him heavily for the last two years,” Wise said. “He always enjoys going up to the games at Maryland, and I know he likes Turg' (head coach Mark Turgeon) a lot.”

Morgan also has a strong relationship with shooting guard Nick Faust, as the two went to Baltimore City College together before Faust graduated. Morgan played pick-up games with the Maryland sophomore over the summer, according to reports from The Baltimore Sun in August.

“I think Nick Faust is his one athlete,” Wise said. “That's the one person I think he definitely communicates with a lot.”

Maryland's switch to the Big Ten conference does not detract from Morgan's view of the school. In fact, it may add some more allure for him when considering the program.

“It might have been a bonus because he sees that it's the same conference as Indiana, who is also recruiting him heavy as well,” Wise said.

Wise, who represents Morgan when it comes to the recruiting, has remained busy keeping up with the number of schools expressing interest in the junior. Despite receiving about 12 offers this summer, Morgan is only seriously considering six schools at the moment: Indiana, Seton Hall, South Florida, UNLV, Missouri, and Maryland.

Wise describes the 6-foot-7, 205-pound forward as a great defensive player, highlighting his ability to block shots, get rebounds, and break up passes. Offensively, he said that Morgan continues to improve, and that he is developing into a “true wing,” comparing his skill set to that of Rudy Gay.

“I would say he's closer to Rudy Gay than most.”

Nicolas Myles, Morgan's coach at his current high school, St. Frances Academy, also lauded his defensive ability. Myles called him a “game-changer,” citing his length, athleticism, and work ethic as his best attributes.

Although he played down the Rudy Gay comparisons, Myles believes that Morgan has a bright future.

“Dwayne has leaps and bounds to go,” he said. “I think his best years of basketball are ahead of him.”

Morgan has not received any new offers lately. However, top basketball programs continue to reach out to the nation's third-ranked small forward.

Villanova and Georgetown have remained in the picture but have yet to send an offer. Also, Kentucky has begun to recruit Morgan, and they will possibly visit when he faces off against Aaron and Andrew Harrison - the top two recruits from the 2013 class - on Dec. 14.

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