In need of another wing, Maryland has offered a number of talented junior small forwards, including the likes of Marcus Sheffield (Chattahoochee HS/Alpharetta, Ga.), Jordan Murphy (William J. Brennan HS/San Antonio, Texas) and Jaylen Brown (Wheeler HS/Marietta, Ga.). The Terps are also closely monitoring Christopher Clarke (Cape Henry Collegiate/Virginia Beach, Va.), Christian James (Bellaire HS/Bellaire, Texas) and Esa Ahmad (Shaker Heights/Shaker Heights, Ohio), to name a few.
Sheffield, of course, has had an offer for months and seems to be a prime Terps target, while Brown, a national recruit, figures to be a tough pull out of Georgia. But UMD's most recent verbal, to Brennan's Jordan Murphy, could eventually become a solid match considering the interest seems reciprocal.
The 6-foot-6, 190-pound jack of all trades wing has spoken highly of Maryland ever since assistant Dustin Clark visited Brennan High four months ago. And now that Murphy has a firm offer, the intrigue has ratcheted up even more, according to his coach, Tommy Hines.
"Jordan's gotten offers from damn near everybody now, but what he really liked about Maryland is the communications major," Hines said. "The Maryland coaches told him about the school, and they really presented it well. In fact, it was one of the best presentations we'd heard, and as you can imagine we've heard quite a few.
"And obviously Maryland is a big basketball, being in the ACC now and going to the Big Ten. So he was definitely excited when they offered, and was very interested in Maryland. Hopefully he'll build a relationship with the coaches and we'll see where that goes."
Hines said Turgeon and the Terps originally heard about Murphy through word of mouth. Turgeon, of course, has ties in Texas since he coached at Texas A&M, so he's familiar with the hot recruits in the area.
Soon thereafter, in early fall, Clark e-mailed Hines about Murphy, and the relationship developed from there. Clark eventually trekked down to Brennan to watch the emerging Texas wing in person, and then in December Turgeon followed suit – with an offer in toe.
"The next thing you know Turge is down here and he really liked Jordan too," Hines said. "So him and Coach Clark spoke to Jordan, his parents and me, and they offered him in December. And, you know, I thought both [Turgeon and Clark] were very interesting people, and very personable. It was nice to get to talk to them. Dustin, that dude has a lot of energy, and Coach Turgeon knows a lot about basketball, so it was nice to hear what he was about; his family; and all of that good stuff.
"It was a very, very good visit, and Coach Turgeon's resume speaks for itself. But just as a person he was a really neat guy and definitely would be a neat guy to play for -- and Jordan thought the same thing. [Turgeon] left quite an impression on Jordan."
Murphy, according to Hines, has visited a number of campuses already, mostly those in Texas and the south. But while he's been in the Washington, D.C., area once before, he's never been to College Park, Md.
"But I'm pretty sure he'll take one of his [official] visits there when they want him to come up," Hines said. "With the rule change, he can go up anytime now, and strategically [Maryland] said the fall is when most kids start taking their visits now. I don't know what Jordan's AAU schedule is like, but the plan now is for him to get up to Maryland in the fall."
Of course, the Terps are just one of many schools on Murphy's radar. Hines said his forward has upwards of 30 legitimate offers, though he seems to be focusing on five main programs right now. Of the scholarships he has, Hines said Maryland, Texas, Texas A&M, Kansas State and Marquette have been pushing the hardest and have Murphy's attention.
"Jordan has a nice little list and he's happy with what he's got," Hines said. "He knows there's a lot of quality coaches and programs [that have offered], but the ones he's following up with are those five. But he hasn't gotten much father than that. He'll put the visits and recruiting on the backburner until the season is done. He knows he's just a junior and has time."
Currently Brennan is 17-4, and Murphy has more than held his own, averaging 27 points per game (57 percent shooting, 89 percent from the line), 12 rebounds, four assists and two-plus steals. He's had to play multiple positions this year because two of Brennan's starters went down with injuries, including its top big man.
"Jordan has had to carry us," Hines said. "But he's blowing up. He's considered the No. 2 recruit in Texas, but a lot of people argue he should be No. 1.
"He's just a great athlete. He handles the ball well, he shoots well, he can knock down the 3 – whatever. He needs to work on getting stronger and his perimeter defense a little bit, but he can do anything on the court. He's a monster."
Terps Have Murphy's Attention Following Offer
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