As Maryland fans await the choice of a new assistant coach, and also a DBO, let's take a quick look at where 2015 hoops recruiting stands:
Diamond Stone (Dominican/Milwaukee, Wis.): Marquette was the leader, and then Buzz Williams left. It will be interesting to see if Steve Wojciechowski can hold that lead, or if others, such as Arizona or North Carolina, jump into strong contention. Wisconsin could still be a factor. I don't see Maryland having much, if any, shot here.
Georgios Papagiannis (Westtown,Pa.): Perhaps the most secretive recruitment in the country. All we know is that Maryland has offered, and you can bet many more schools will do the same.
Josh Sharma (Northfield Mt. Hermon School/Northfield, Mass.): The Terps seemed to have backed off here, and we see Wisconsin, UConn, Duke and Providence as possible leaders.
John Collins (Cardinal Newman/West Palm Beach, Fla.): Little known about him nationally, but Terps coaches Mark Turgeon and Bino Ranson saw him recently and offered on the spot. Miami is in there, and I'd expect all the Florida schools will jump on board before long.
Esa Ahmad (Shaker Heights, Ohio): The Terps have shown Ahmad as much attention as anyone on their list it appears. Problem is, Ahmad has blown up nationally, and now virtually every Big Ten team is in the mix, including Ohio State, though the Bucks haven't offered yet. Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Maryland and Xavier are the main schools involved at the moment. Somehow, I can't see this kid leaving the Midwest.
Jordan Murphy (Brennan/San Antonio, Texas): Murphy doesn't get a lot of pub, but that will change when the July recruiting season opens up. Maryland is on his list, along with Marquette, Texas A&M, Texas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Baylor, SMU and Vanderbilt. Can Maryland, coming off a 17-15 season, pull a prospect from the Lone Star State? It won't be easy.
Horace Spencer (Findlay Prep/Henderson, Nev.): Spencer had somewhat of a quiet season for powerful Findlay Prep. Maryland offered early, but in all honesty, I am not sure this recruitment is going anywhere. Temple, West Virginia, Georgetown, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Iowa and others are involved, but the Terps don't seem to be making much of a push at this time at least.
Marcus Sheffield (Chattahoochee/Alpharetta, Ga.): We had Sheffield pegged as a prime target, only to find out this week there has been no contact from the Terps in a month. That's a surprise. Perhaps things will pick up, and we hope they do, as this 6-5 wing scorer is highly regarded. Clemson, Florida State, Texas A&M, Cincinnati, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Xavier, VCU and Miami are all involved.
Jaylen Brown (Wheeler/Marietta, Ga.): Florida and Oklahoma State recently went in-home with Brown, a top 15 national performer. Georgia Tech, Georgia, Louisville, Kansas and Ohio State are contenders. I don't see Maryland being a factor anymore with this big time prospect.
Terance Mann (Tilton School/Tilton, Mass.): Georgetown, Florida State and VCU may lead for Mann. The Terps offered, but with Scott Spinelli gone, I don't see Maryland being a factor.
Josh Reaves (Paul VI/Fairfax, Va.): Reaves just received a Georgetown offer, and we'll see if the Terps follow suit. Maryland's seen a lot of Reaves, a 6-4 slasher, and he seems to fit the mold of a defensive-minded wing/glue guy that the program needs. VCU, Villanova, Penn State, Boston College and Temple are his other offers.
Christopher Clarke (Cape Henry Collegiate/Virginia Beach, Va.): Maryland is expected to go in-school with Clarke later this month after offering him in March. Clarke's recruitment is all over the place right now. Iowa State, Creighton, VCU, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Indiana, Minnesota, Kansas State are others who have offered or showing strong interest. Clarke is a multi-talented wing who excels defensively, and is an elite athlete.
Malik Ellison (Life Center Academy/Burlington, N.J.): Ellison keeps growing (nearly 6-6 now), and we love his upside. His sister will attend Maryland, as will his high school teammate (Trayvon Reed). Will Ellison follow suit? By the end of the summer, we should know.
Allonzo Trier (Montrose Christian/Rockville, Md.): As a pure scorer, it doesn't get much better than Trier. He can finish at the rim or light you up from downtown. That's the good news. Now, do we think Maryland can pull this recruitment off? Probably not. Again, you're talking about a native of Washington State, by way of Oklahoma. My gut tells me this young man will head West for college.
Jalen Adams (Cushing Academy/Ashburnham, Mass.): Absolutely love this explosive, albeit somewhat undersized 2G. He reminds me a lot of Shabazz Napier, though lacking pure point guard skills. Adams is a big time talent, and again, with Spinelli gone, it doesn't help Maryland's chances. I still see UConn and Kansas fighting it out, with Providence making a strong push as well.
Donovan Mitchell (Brewster Academy/Wolfeboro, N.H.): Maryland was on Mitchell early, but this ship seems to have sailed. Mitchell is a dynamic 6-2 athlete built to score, but I don't see a lot of interest on either side right now.
Justin Robinson (St. James, Md.): Roddy Peters' transfer opens the door for a 2015 point guard. This stellar floor leader from St. James is solid in every respect, and received a Maryland offer last week. Based on his recent play, Robinson is probably the best pure point in the DMV in his class.
Drew Edwards (Calvert Hall/Towson, Md.): Edwards is still getting some mild Maryland interest, but has not received an offer just yet. At this point, I don't see a major push coming, although Edwards has played very well lately, as a 6-2 combo guard who is fundamentally sound, and just athletic enough.
That's the list as we see it right now, and admittedly, a number of these kids are extreme longshots. But they are being mentioned because they were targets at some point, and did receive offers. With the limited viewings available to coaches this spring, I am not anticipating a lot of new names at this point.
The addition of Michal Cekovsky lessens the need for a big man in the '15 class, while the departure of Roddy Peters makes adding a point guard more of an issue right now.
I am not overly concerned with the number of wings or guards on the list, but if the Terps miss on Ahmad (which appears likely) where's the versatile forward this program needs? Perhaps Murphy is that guy, but again, pulling kids from Texas is no easy chore.
There's plenty of good players on this list though, and Turgeon and company really only need to land three of them. But as we've said all along, when you win big, recruiting takes care of itself. Coming off a 17-15 season makes things a bit more problematic.
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