Potomac (MD) High four-star guard Dion Wiley called Maryland head Coach Mark Turgeon early Friday morning and committed to the University of Maryland.
"Maryland was there from the beginning so it feels great to finally make my decision," Wiley said. "It was great telling the coaches, they said they were really proud of me. They knew what I wanted but he was just waiting for me to tell him."
The 6-foot-4, 175-pound shooting guard had seen his stock soar this summer, attracting attention from some of the country's top programs. While schools continued to pursue Wiley, he already had his mind set on one.
"Honestly I knew back during Maryland's season was ending, it just felt right whenever I would go to the games," said Wiley, who was also being heavily pursued by Cincinnati, Florida, Miami and Georgetown. "I didn't want to rush into anything. I wanted to make sure it [Maryland] was right for me."
There was one moment in particular Wiley remembers knowing the Terps were the right fit.
"I was there when they were playing Duke. It was a great game and the atmosphere was really loud," Wiley said. "I just fell in love with it and I just wanted to be a part of it."
Wiley said there were a lot of reasons he picked Maryland, but the biggest was his relationship with head coach Mark Turgeon.
"Someone told me if the head coach isn't after you as hard as the assistant coach then they really don't want you," Wiley said. "Coach Turgeon was recruiting me the hardest. He called me after every weekend to see how my weekend was and he just never let up."
Wiley was also impressed by Turgeon's track record.
"I really like his style of play. He lets his players play and he is known for making players better," Wiley said. "He has coached in the Final Four so I know he knows how to win."
Turgeon's recruiting efforts were bolstered by fellow Maryland commits Roddy Peters and Melo Trimble, two of Wiley's close friends.
"I talk to Roddy Peters and Melo Trimble a lot, they all say we can play together and we can definitely make some noise in the backcourt," Wiley said. "With the three of us in the backcourt there should be a lot of Big Ten championships to come."
The Terps will have plenty of talent in the backcourt in the future with Wiley, Peters and Trimble, but Wiley has set even higher expectations for himself off the court.
"I am projected to come in and be a scorer but even more importantly I want to be a leader," Wiley said. "Of course I want to come in a score and help my team win, but I also want to be there for my teammates and help them when they are down."
While Peters and Trimble may have played a role in getting Wiley, he now has his eye on adding a big man to the mix.
"I am going to try and get on Obi [Enechionyia] now," Wiley said.
Now that is college decision is behind him, there is plenty Wiley wants to improve on before he hits campus.
"I know the hard work still hasn't paid off yet it is just beginning I still have steps to take to be where I want to be," Wiley said. "Right now, I am working on improving my footwork, my foot speed and becoming more of a vocal become a leader."
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