The Maryland hoops staff seems to have its priority list of 2015 wing recruits, but one name that could work its way onto that list is Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) junior Josh Reaves. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard currently holds offers from VCU, Villanova, Temple and Penn State, but the Terps have been showing increased interest.
"I was actually just at the Maryland-Pittsburgh game, and I talked to Coach [Dustin] Clark and Coach [Mark] Turgeon after the game," Reaves said. "They said they liked the way I play and to keep getting better every day. Coach Turgeon said he'll try to come to one of my games to see more of how I play. And I think if I keep improving I might eventually get an offer, although I'm not worrying about recruiting too much right now."
Although Reaves already has numerous significant offers, he said a Terps scholarship would "mean a lot."
"It's a big program, they've won a national title and Coach Turgeon is very well respected," said Reaves, who mentioned that he'd "definitely" like to return to UMD in the summer. "If they looked at me, that would be an honor."
The game Reaves attended was actually his second in College Park, Md., this year. He also saw the UMD-Oregon State game with his teammate, Curtis Jones, who is also getting heavy Terps interest.
"UMD-Pitt was a good game. The student section was really into the game," said Reaves of the 83-79 Maryland loss. "Coach Turgeon was saying how they get a lot of good fan support there, even though their record isn't that great. He said the fans usually get into it and it's a good environment.
"So it was nice, and the game was good too. Maryland got out early and they didn't give up. They showed a lot of relentless, and they tried to come back, but Pittsburgh is a tough team. I liked Maryland's heart, though."
College Park is just one of six schools Reaves has checked out in the last year. He's also been to VCU, Georgetown, Temple, Penn State and George Mason. He said no school has truly stood out for him yet, though he acknowledged PSU and Temple are making it known they want him.
"I'd say Penn State is pushing really hard. They really like the way I play and just the way I go through the game and how hard I play," said Reaves, who is hoping to land a few more scholarships after playing AAU ball this summer. "They said they could really use that in their program, so, yeah, PSU is the main one right now. But then Temple, they sort of say the same thing – they like how hard I play and how relentless I am."
Reaves has shown plenty of relentlessness on the court this winter. Playing for a powerhouse squad, he's averaging over a steal per game, to go along with 15 points and four assists a night.
"Athleticism is one thing I have going for me, and I play hard defensively -- that's mostly where people notice me," Reaves said. "I give a lot of energy and don't stop moving. I lead by example, and make everyone the best they can be. I inspire others to play as hard as I do.
"But I have to work on my ball-handling -- that's a big thing, just being strong with both hands and getting it to where you need to be. Just building that confidence in my off-hand."
While Reaves wants to build himself into a top-level talent, he said his education is a primary concern. He said before it's all said and done he wants to show out in the classroom first, and the court second.
"The school I do go to, it will mainly be because of academics – that's most important," Reaves said. "After that, I want to learn from a coach who can teach basketball the right way. But mainly, for me, college is about getting my education."
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