When Mark Turgeon took over at the helm of the Maryland basketball program one of his major goals was to keep the local talent in state. On Friday morning, Turgeon took a giant leap toward that goal when Potomac (Md.) four-star shooting guard Dion Wiley verbally committed to the Terps.
Wiley's Team Takeover coach Keith Stevens weighs in on what makes the 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard such a crucial pick up for the Terps.
"I think he is one of the better shooters I have seen in my 18 years of coaching," Stevens said. "If he continues to work there is no limit to how good the kid can actually be."
"He is such a good scorer and creator. He really has the ability to singlehandedly open up the game any time he is out there," Stevens said. "More importantly he is an unselfish kid so he makes other players around him better too."
Stevens has already seen a significant improvement in Wiley's game and his maturity.
"I think the biggest thing is not so much his game, but him focusing more on getting in better shape, developing his body and things like that.
"He is trying to open up and he is starting to come out of his shell," Stevens said. "He recognizes that the really special players know how to not only lead by example but also lead by being vocal and things like that.
Wiley will now team up with Bishop O'Connell guard Romelo Trimble along with incoming freshman guard Roddy Peters to make up one of the most talented backcourts in the country.
"I think all those kids are good, but I think Dion will find his niche and whatever the coaches need him to do he will do," Stevens said. "One thing he brings is he can consistently make shots and can separate. That will open up the defense for Melo and Roddy to drive the ball in and for the big guys like Shaq [Cleare] to have one-on-one possession in the post because the defense can't slack off Dion."
With Melo and Wiley both on board, Mark Turgeon is reestablishing the pipeline between the local talent and the University of Maryland
"I think as a whole the entire staff has done a great job building relationships in the area and of making themselves visible consistently," Stevens said.
"He [Turgeon] is a guy who understands what it takes to win. He gets that this is an area with a lot of talent and a lot of good programs, both travel programs and high school programs. He is building the right relationships to make sure Maryland stays relevant in the recruiting game."
Coach Speak: TTO Coach Keith Stevens on Wiley
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