Sheffield Wants to Hear More from Terps

For the better part of a year, Maryland looked to be in solid shape with Chattahoochee (Alpharetta, Ga.) junior wing Marcus Sheffield, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound four-star who UMD offered back in November 2013. But recently head coach Mark Turgeon and assistant Bino Ranson haven't been quite as active with the nationally-rated top-100 recruit, according to Sheffield's father, Marcus Sr.

For the better part of a year, Maryland looked to be in solid shape with Chattahoochee (Alpharetta, Ga.) junior wing Marcus Sheffield, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound four-star who UMD offered back in November 2013. But recently head coach Mark Turgeon and assistant Bino Ranson haven't been quite as active with the nationally-rated top-100 recruit, according to Sheffield's father, Marcus Sr.

"I think [April 13] I talked to Coach Bino for the first time in awhile, and it wasn't a lengthy conversation," said Sheffield Sr., whose son holds offers from Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Kansas State, Maryland and Xavier, in addition to a few others. "He was just trying to find out where we'll be playing at. Sheff was just at a tournament last weekend and did real well against some really good competition, and Coach Bino just wanted to see where we'd be at next.

"But we really haven't talked in about a month. There's been a lot of turnover at Maryland with three kids leaving and an assistant coach leaving. It may just be Coach Turgeon getting the coach in there that he wants, but we haven't really heard from them."

Even so, if UMD did show renewed interest the Sheffields would be receptive. Sheffield Sr. said the Terps are still very much in play for his son's services and that Sheffield Jr. still thinks highly of the program.

"If [the interest] is still there we'd still like to visit," Sheffield Sr. said. "But we're in a wait-and-see mode right now. With what they have going on, they might have to sort some things out first. So we'll probably wait a little bit and see if they're still interested in us. They're still in good standing with us, but we don't know if they're going in a different direction or not."

Two schools that remains active in Sheffield's recruitment include hometown Georgia and nearby Clemson, two programs he visited for games last winter. He's been to each "five or six times," according to Sheffield Sr., and each has plenty to offer.

"He likes those two. They've definitely made an impression on him," Sheffield Sr. said. "I think Clemson definitely stands out. He loves the coaching staff and knows them top to bottom. As far as the players on the team, the style of play -- he likes that. There's a lot of teaching and growing going on there, and that stands out.

"Georgia, it's similar to Clemson. It's close to home, and it's an opportunity to play. They have three senior guards he can learn under for a year and then play the other three years. It's a great campus, and great facilities, too."

With basketball, practices and school, Sheffield was unable to take in any other schools other than the aforementioned two. But with a window of free time coming up shortly the family plans to visit at least three more schools.

"We definitely want to get out to Kansas State, VCU and Xavier. Those are probably the three, and Kansas State will probably be the first we get out to," Sheffield Sr. said. "We have a window of time coming up, and we're planning it out now so we can get up to those places."

Sheffield Jr. is coming off a season where he averaged 27 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. His father said the team didn't do as well record-wise, but it was still a solid campaign where his son grew exponentially.

"He took a team that really was struggling and took them to the playoffs, and that was his crowing achievement. He had to score 42 points to get them there but he did it and that was really good," Sheffield Sr. said. "Sheff ended up getting a ton of awards, too, including second-team all-state, North Atlanta player of the year and was chosen for an all-star game.

"But I think he grew as far as being more aggressive and being a leader. Not really vocally, but he really stepped up to help his team."

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