BALTIMORE, Md. -- One of the fastest rising upperclassman prospects in Baltimore is Calvert Hall shooting guard Nico Clareth, who kind of came from out of nowhere to guide the upstart Cardinals this season.
The 6-foot-5, 190-pound rising senior averaged 14 points, four rebounds, two blocks and one steal per game this season in breaking out on the local scene.
Maryland has been in touch and out to see him, while his first round of offers include UNLV, UMBC, Towson, UNC-Greensboro and Radford.
"And I have interest from basically the whole Patriot League. And I am trying to get my high-major interest up so that's why I am doing the EYBL circuit," said Clareth, who trips this weekend to Texas with the Baltimore Elite AAU team coached by Bub Carrington.
Of the Terps and their interest, he said:
"Maryland, I don't feel I am a primary recruit with them yet, but a secondary one," Clareth said.
Clareth took in a Terps game this season unofficially early in the season and he liked what he saw.
"The stadium is huge, the campus is huge. Even though it was a non-conference game the fans came out to support it. We all know the team wasn't the best it could be, but hey, 'Maryland Terps,'" Clareth said.
The sharp-shooter said he is working the most this summer on his handle, as well as becoming an even more consistent shooting and finishing more after contact.
Said his coach Bub Carrington at an Elite practice this week:
"Sleeper. He is probably the sleeper in this class in this town. Nico just came to us and I am so glad he is here," Carrington said.
"Nico is a kid who played JV for two years at Calvert Hall. He wasn't supposed be good. But he grew and worked on his game, he's physical, he can shoot the cover off the ball, and probably in three months time of school ball he opened up a lot of eyes.
"If he plays on EYBL the way he did high school, well when we get to July he'll be a kid who will crack the Top 100 because they like to see kids work hard. So I think he will be a Top 100 kid when all is said and done."
Growing up (and still), Clareth's top three was Clemson, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech. He said he has been in touch with Clemson. Clareth still calls those his "top three," though it is early with them in the process and they are planning to see him more this summer during the open evaluation period, Clareth said.
"I just want to go somewhere where it never rains," Clareth quipped.
Clareth said he may take in a few colleges this summer unofficially for tours and camps.
"I play with a lot of heart. I may not be the most athletic, tallest, strongest, but I play with a lot of heart. My motor is what puts me over the top of other players," Clareth said.
Clareth said he may study computers or business at college.
"Just being successful, really, that's all I am looking for," Clareth said.
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