Westtown (Pa.) High small forward Jared Nickens took his official visit to Maryland over the weekend and it didn't take long for him to give his verbal pledge to head coach Mark Turgeon.
"I actually made the decision on Saturday before dinner we went to dinner at the Capital Grille," said Nickens, who had only been to College Park one other time. ""I was at dinner with Coach Turgeon, Coach Clark and Coach Spinelli first I thanked them for the opportunity and then I just told them I was going to be a Terp in 2014."
Nickens added, "He [Turgeon] shook my hand and congratulated me and just told me how excited he was."
Needless to say Nickens was allowed to order dessert with diner. Throughout the recruiting process Nickens has developed a strong bond with head coach Mark Turgeon.
"Coach Turgeon was the one who initiated everything. He was the first one to call and he is the one who offered me a scholarship," Turgeon said. "Coach Turgeon is a players coach he is great with player development so I really like that."
The 6-foot-6, 185-pound Nickens is originally from New Jersey and was already familiar with Maryland's program.
"I knew that they had a great history and I know they had a good coach, Gary Williams and they won a National Championship," Nickens said. "I think it's a great program."
Aside from basketball, Nickens also said Maryland's quality academics played a factor in his decision.
"Maryland has good academics," Nickens said. "I am thinking about studying business management but I am not positive yet I just wanted to make sure I get a good education."
On the court Nickens gives Maryland some much needed size and another scoring threat.
"I am a scorer but the strongest aspect of my game is shooting," Nickens said. "I have been working on creating my own shot off the dribble."
Nickens chose Maryland over a number of other suitors including: Miami, Wake Forest, Rutgers, Seton Hall, VCU, Temple, and Oregon State, where he recently took an official visit.
"[Maryland] was only my second visit sand compared to Oregon State I just like the atmosphere more and the facilities are better in my opinion," Nickens said. "Once I saw the Comcast Center that is what really threw me over the edge."
Westtown standout averaged 16 points and five assists last season. Nickens joins Romelo Trimble and Dion Wiley as the third member of Maryland's 2014 class.
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