HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- After checking out the talent at the March 29 Metro Challenge 60, a few things seem quite evident to me in terms of determining which players might be relevant to Maryland's local recruiting in the future.
As we've said all along, there's simply not a lot around here in the Class of 2015 that excites me. The best prospect in that class is probably Franklin Howard, the 6-foot-5 guard from Paul VI (Arlington, Va.) who sat out all year with a knee injury. Maryland has recruited Howard, but the interest does not seem to be reciprocal. Look for Howard to wind up at Syracuse or Ohio State, assuming his recovery is complete.
Bryant Crawford is a talented point guard from Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.). The Terps are not actively recruiting him, and he seems bound for Georgetown, Indiana, or possibly West Virginia.
Maryland never went hard for 6-7 Marcus Derrickson (Paul VI) who committed to Georgetown.
Josh Reaves (Paul VI), at this point, still seems the most likely of any of the '15 class to gain an offer, and yet that's not expected until later this summer. Reaves has indicated a desire to make his college decision in August.
Drew Edwards (Calvert Hall/Towson, Md.) really impressed during the Metro Challenge, but again, I don't see a need for a 6-3 combo guard in terms of what the Terps might be looking for.
Moving on to 2016, Anthony Cowan (St. John's/Washington, D.C.), and perhaps Curtis Jones (Paul VI), still look like perhaps the strongest possibilities. Cowan, who did not attend the Metro Challenge, may have Maryland in the lead at the moment. At the very least, the Terps will be strong contenders. We're hoping Cowan gets a little bigger and stronger, but he's an excellent point guard prospect.
Jones did not attend the Metro Challenge either, and may be transferring back to the Richmond area for his junior year, but he showed flashes this year (in limited minutes for Paul VI) of also being a top-tier prospect.
It's known that the Terps are looking at A.J. Wilson (DuVal/Lanham, Md.), Christian Matthews (National Christian Academy/Fort Washington, Md.), and possibly Joe Hampton,(DeMatha Catholic/Hyattsville, Md.). All three have potential, but it's still too early for me to say any of them will advance their games and earn a Terp offer. We'll just have to wait and see.
Potomac's (Oxon Hill, Md.) Randall Broddie is a talent, no doubt about it, but again, at this time, I don't see Maryland making much of a push. He's really a two-guard in a point guard's body.
The Class of 2017 has some players of definite interest, however. I can see Maryland looking hard at 6-4 Chyree Walker (Paul VI), 6-6 D.J. Harvey (DeMatha Catholic), and 6-6 Myles Douglas (Baltimore Friends). And obviously, there's plenty of other kids who will pop on the scene in the next year or two who could develop into bonafide high major talents.
But again, we have a lot kids in the DMV on that mid major/high "fence," so to speak, and we'll have to wait and see who really steps up his game and takes it to the true blue chip level. I do think Harvey has shown enough to warrant recognition as a big time recruit, but in the end, I also think Maryland will have to recruit nationally to fill all its needs.
Then the question becomes: Coming off a 17-15 campaign, can Maryland attract the type of talent nationally that can take them to the upper levels of the Big 10? Time will tell.
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