We'll just term this a 2016 "primer", because the current recruiting year is still in progress, but here's a few names that the Terps appear to be targeting in the rising junior class.
Sedee Keita, 6-10, Vermont Academy (Saxtons River, Vt.): Keita is a fluid, mobile big man who we checked out at the Reebok Breakout Challenge. There is lots of upside with this native of Ghana, whose family resides in Delaware.
Mamadi Diakite, 6-9, Blue Ridge School (St. George, Va.): He's painfully thin, but is a very athletic insider who obviously has to hit the weights. Maryland is aware of him, will likely monitor, and will track his progress on the court and in the weight room.
Corey Manigault, 6-8, Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.): Manigault is one of the best insiders in the local DMV class of '16. He has nice footwork, great hands, a solid physique, and developing skills. He's not a surefire high-major kid just yet, but could eventually he could be.
A.J. Wilson, 6-6, Clinton Christian (Upper Marlboro, Md.): Wilson, a DC Premier kid, just announced a transfer to Clinton Christian. Wilson has it all athletically, but can he transition his game to the perimeter and develop a shot and a tighter handle? If so, you have a really good player.
Lamar Stevens, 6-6, Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.): Stevens is a man physically, a punishing , tough small forward with enough athleticism. Like Wilson, he is gradually moving his game outside. Stevens had a good showing at the recent Lawson/Oladipo All American Camp, where he had a physical, in your face matchup with Chris Clarke.
Shaun Kirk, 6-6, Whiteville HS (N.C.): We saw Kirk in December and loved his outstanding athleticism, and accurate outside shot. The next step is developing a mid-range game, and more offense off the bounce. He needs more strength, but has some major tools to work with.
Jordan Harris, 6-4 Seminole Co. HS (Donalsonville, Ga.): Harris is a bouncy, explosive two-guard with range. He's another in a seemingly endless list of big time athletes from the Peach State. The Terps are already aware of this up and comer and have reportedly offered.
Josh Hall, 6-6, Genesis Academy (Lynchburg, Va.): The Terps have not offered Hall, but he's a do-it-all combo guard with great size and length. Maryland has been to the school and appears to have Hall on its radar.
Brandon Robinson, 6-5, Douglasville (Ga.): Robinson has blown up in July. He's a big point/wing guard who can reign jumpers or find people off the break. This kid has a chance to be special. Georgia Tech may be the leader in the clubhouse, but we expect Cliff Warren to show plenty of love to this budding star in the future.
Breein Tyree, 6-1, St. Joe's HS (Metuchen, N,J.): TT got a good look at Tyree at the Reebok Breakout Challenge, and Tyree indicated he wants to visit Maryland soon, while declaring that he is a "big Terps fan." One of his best friends is current Terp Jared Nickens, and he plays AAU ball for Sports U, a powerful UA squad. Tyree is an explosive combo guard who can finish with the best of them. There is a lot of potential here.
Curtis Jones, 6-3, Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.): Jones has left PVI and will now enroll at Huntington Prep, a national powerhouse. Jones has ideas of being a point in college, but he's at his best off the ball, shooting jumpers or penetrating to the glass. Maryland has Jones squarely in its sights, and Jones has visited the campus several times.
Jermaine Haley, 6-7, Canarius Basketball Academy (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain; via British Columbia: The Terps are going to be on a long list of schools after this big-time Canadian, who projects as a point guard in college. He is long, rangy, and has great vision. Haley is probably a longshot, but any time spent on him is worthwhile. He has that kind of potential.
Alterique Gilbert, 6-0, Miller Grove HS (Lithonia, Ga.) Another explosive point guard, who's had a big July. Gilbert can distribute, but is also wired to score. The Terps have shown early interest.
Jair Bolden, 6-3, Westtown School (Westtown, Pa.): We saw a lot of Bolden last year, and the former teammate of Jared Nickens brings a lot to the table. He's got a wing's body, but probably projects as a point in college. Sturdily built with solid athleticism, Bolden looks to be the "man" next year for Westtown.
Brandon Knapper, 5-11, S. Charleston (Charleston, W.Va.): Knapper has unofficially visited Maryland, and plays for the well regarded West Virginia Wildcats AAU program. His forte is breaking you down, and looking to score. Very athletic, Knapper will need to incorporate more pure point guard skills in his development, but he's got the tools to do just that.
Anthony Cowan, 5-10, St. John's (Washington, D.C.): It's well known that Maryland loves Cowan's game, and from all accounts, Cowan is a huge Terp fan as well. There will be plenty of guards (as you can see) on Maryland's radar in 2016, but we definitely sense a Maryland push to keep the best local DMV point guard in his class at home. The Terps need a point in '15 as well, and that could affect things a bit, but at the moment, Maryland appears to be in strong position with Cowan, a very quick, yet cerebral point guard, who makes others around him better.
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