UMD Still In Touch With Baltimore Forward

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Charm City was fairly well represented at this month's Reebok Breakout Classic at Philadelphia University, including this 2016 forward who Maryland is in touch with and has scouted a few times this year including last Wednesday at Reebok.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Charm City was fairly well represented at this month's Reebok Breakout Classic at Philadelphia University, including this 2016 forward who Maryland is in touch with and has scouted a few times this year including last Wednesday at Reebok.

Boy's Latin (Baltimore, Md.) slender forward Kodye Pugh, who is up to 6-feet-7, 185-pounds (up 10 pounds since the winter), says Maryland remains in contact and is among his early favorites, while he has just begun to take some summer unofficials.

The long and athletic lefty was scouted by Terps assistant coach Bino Ranson in Philly on the first day of play, and did a little bit of everything on a day his jumper wasn't falling.

"I played hard. I played defense. I got rebounds and steals. I gave it my all and the offense will come eventually," Pugh said. "I am a small forward but I like to dribble the ball, handle the ball, so I like to be everywhere out there on the floor."

Push had just returned from an unofficial campus visit with his family to Northwestern. Among others, Maryland, Syracuse, Miami, Northwestern, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Princeton and Harvard are all in touch. He said he hopes to take some more unofficials in the coming months, including Maryland.

"It was a great school. Very impressed. Great academics, campus very beautiful, and all the coaching staff made me feel at home," Pugh said of Northwestern. "And Maryland, they are still in the running, still in the picture. I think about them greatly and they are still in the top group of schools I think about. The Big Ten, I was pretty shocked by the change as they were pretty good in the ACC. But they will do well."

Pugh, a top student with a 3.65 GPA at the Baltimore private school, hopes to study graphic engineering or architecture at college. Pugh was born in Orlando and moved to the area at age 7. His other top goal, beyond finishing the month strong at more open July events, is to add bulk/weight to his slight frame. He is an athletic slasher who must continue to add strength to take contact better and finish among the trees.

"Anything I can. Protein. Protein shakes. Everything," Pugh said of bulking up.

He is among the headliners in the 2016 class in Baltimore, one of the stronger classes in recent years after a few years of drought.

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