HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- It was not the best of nights for Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) High at the Holiday Hoops Festival at DeMatha. Taking on private school stalwart St. John's (Washington, D.C.), the Wolverines fell hard, 81-67.
The tone may have been set before the game even started when Potomac's top two players, Terps signee Dion Wiley and sophomore guard Randall Broddie, both started the game on the bench because they missed a pregame walkthrough.
"Of course me and Dion didn't start this game, but that wasn't the problem tonight," said the 6-foot-2, 165-pound Broddie. "We didn't play with any heart. We didn't play as hard as we should have played. We let [St. John's] do what they wanted to do and didn't stop them defensively. Our offense is our defense, so when we're giving them too much space, it's going to kill us."
It didn't help that neither Broddie nor Wiley had standout shooting nights. Wiley finished with 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting and had four assists and three turnovers. Broddie had 12 points on 5-of-13 from the floor, along with three assists and a trio of turnovers.
But while he was clearly disappointed, Broddie chalked it up to "one of those nights."
"I knew it might be tough because I wasn't feeling my jumper in warm-ups. I got to the basket a couple times in the game, but my shot wasn't falling," Broddie said. "But right now, overall, I'm comfortable with my game. There's things I need to work on like my left hand, going left, on-ball defense, things like that. But my passing's gotten better, and I'm very confident shooting and driving. I know I can get past the first man, and it's just the second man I have to work on my reads and kick outs, but mostly I'm confident where I'm at."
As far as recruiting is concerned, Broddie already holds a pair of early offers from DePaul and Southern Methodist. But he said the interest has taken an uptick in the last couple months.
"There's a couple new faces starting to peak in," Broddie said. "Of course Maryland, and then Florida State, Miami, Xavier, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, they're all starting to pick it up."
Broddie has said time and again he holds the Terps in high esteem. He's been on campus more than half-a-dozen times and is familiar with the players and coaches from hanging out with Wiley.
"Just the family [at Maryland]. I want to go somewhere where I feel like it's family, and Maryland is definitely that," Broddie said. "Coach [Mark] Turgeon, and the way they treat everyone, it's first class. My interest in them is high.
"And I feel like they have high interest in me as well. I feel like any day I could get that call with a Maryland offer."
The Potomac combo has already attended two Maryland events this season and plans to return for several games this winter. He said he was able to see the Terps-Catholic exhibition and then attend the team's first open practice.
"It's always a great atmosphere there. I've been to Duke-Maryland, UNC-Maryland games, and I know what Maryland has in their fan base," Broddie said. "I know it gets loud in the Comcast Center, and I love that. It would be great to play there."
Naturally, Broddie has spoken to Wiley about Maryland. The Wolverines underclassman said the Terps signee has basically been a Terps billboard ever since he committed to the school.
"Dion loves Maryland; I mean loves it," Broddie said. "I think he's so excited about it he just wants to get this year over with so he can get on that big stage. He's always talking about them."
While it's clear Broddie is high on UMD, it's not the only school he'll be looking at. He said SMU and DePaul are still under consideration, though neither of his two offers particularly stand out right now.
"I'm hoping to get to Cincinnati during AAU season, and Pittsburgh hopefully too," said Broddie, who hasn't visited any other programs besides Maryland. "Those are two schools that have been coming at me that I want to check out.
"But the focus right now is on getting the team straight. We've got to bounce back."
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