The Maryland hoops staff is already knee deep into 2016 recruiting, and one new name head coach Mark Turgeon and Co. could be close to offering is Genesis Academy (Lynchburg, Va.) guard Josh Hall. The 6-foot-6, 180 pounder already holds early verbals from Kansas State, Houston, Cincinnati and Nebraska and said Virginia, Maryland, Wake Forest, Arizona, Texas, SMU, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State are showing solid interest.
"It's been a good start for me. Kansas State and Houston were my first two offers last summer when I lived down in Texas," said Hall, who moved to Lynchburg a little less than a year ago when he and his parents decided it would be best for his education and career to continue at Genesis Academy. "Then in November Nebraska came in, and in December Cincinnati offered.
"All of those schools have been through to see me and say they want me at their schools. Cincinnati was through for a game, Kansas State came up for a game, Houston was in for a February game, and Oklahoma State saw one of my games too. Nebraska has been in the school and will see me play in person this weekend."
Evidently Hall will be down in his native Texas this weekend for a hoops tournament in Dallas. While there, not only will Nebraska be on the scene, but two other prime suitors should be monitoring him closely as well.
"Maryland and the University of Virginia are probably the next closest to offering," Hall said. "Virginia sounded like they were going to offer once they saw me in Dallas, and Maryland said if I played well they'd offer too."
UVA, which is one of only two programs Hall has visited thus far, has caught his eye early.
"I love the coaches there, and I've been on an unofficial visit to campus and really liked talking to the staff," Hall said. "UVA is a top academic school, they had a great year last year, and it will definitely be one of the schools I look closely at."
Hall attended Virginia's hoops game against Virginia Tech last winter. He said he loved how active the Hoos were defensively and the atmosphere inside the arena.
"It's a great place, and I know the coaches really want me back there again for another visit," Hall said. "They've stayed in strong contact with me since then, and I think they're coming back to my school in a couple weeks."
A couple hours north, in College Park, Md., Turgeon and assistant Dustin Clark have done their homework on Hall. The emerging guard said he's developing a rapport with the Terps and hopes it can grow stronger following an offer.
"Maryland said they really are interested in me, they like my character and they want to see me in Dallas this weekend," Hall said. "I honestly don't know who recruits me from there because two guys from Maryland came down to my school, but both coaches said they'll be in Dallas and both said they're highly interested."
Hall has never been to Maryland but would like to visit at some point in the near future. And if UMD does in fact pull the trigger he would take the Terps under significant consideration.
"Most definitely I'd look at Maryland," Hall said. "I just started following them a couple years ago, but I really like the way they play. They fit my style. They get up and down the court and play at a fast tempo. They had some big football-like guys in the post this year, but they have athleticism and like to run.
"I know they didn't do as well as I thought they should have, but I like the program and think I'd fit well there."
Hall went on to say that he doesn't have his eye on one program in particular, however. Even the schools that have offered him haven't stood out as of yet. That includes his hometown team, Houston, which is the only other campus he's trekked to besides UVA's.
"I'm considering Houston, but I'm not sure I really want to go to school down there," Hall said. "I kind of want to get away from home and family a little bit and experience something different. I wouldn't mind going to school down South, but I like it up here in Virginia and on the East Coast. We'll see what happens."
In terms of where he fits in, Hall sees himself as a point guard, despite his 6-6, 180-pound frame. He currently plays shooting guard for Genesis, but said his ball-handling and vision translate well to the "1" spot.
"I really feel I'm a point guard," Hall said. "I have good vision, see the floor well, break down defenses well, pass well and get my teammates involved. I can attack the basket, I don't force shots and I have a good basketball IQ. What I have to work on in being more aggressive in getting rebounds and developing my jump shot. That's what I'm working on this summer."
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