There's not a lot of suspense around here regarding Justin Robinson's announcement next weekend as to where he will attend college. The St. James School (Md.) guard will pop Oct. 12, and the signs are pointing to Virginia Tech, or possibly Providence. In any event, let's take a brief look at class of 2016 Maryland recruiting, with the all-important point guard position our focus in this column.
Anthony Cowan, 5-10, St. John's College High School (Washington, D.C.): Cowan has long been considered a Maryland lean, and yet we're not penciling him in the lineup just yet until we what ballhandler is added in the '15 class. Cowan's family has a strong connection to the university, and he's spent plenty of time on campus. Maryland, Georgetown, Xavier, Penn State, Florida State and others have already extended offers.
Cowan's small, but has gotten stronger, and has excellent straight line speed. He finds shooters, can hit the open trey, and is a willing, although at times overmatched, defender. The Terps are involved with some higher rated point guards, but I'd be hard pressed to believe they would turn down a commitment from the best DMV floor general.
Alterique Gilbert, 5-10, Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.): Gilbert is a quick-on-quick, change-of-direction point guard, and an electrifying talent, although, like Cowan, he's a bit on the small side. Maryland, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Memphis, Miami, and Auburn are regarded as some of the main contenders at the moment.
Cassius Winston, 6-1, Detroit Jesuit (Detroit, Mich.): Winston is likely the highest rated point guard on the Maryland board, and he did make an unofficial visit to College Park, Md., earlier this summer. That said, most regard him as Michigan State's to lose, with Michigan, Ohio State, Maryland and Iowa State all in the mix. Winston's a tough, polished lead guard who gets to the rim and loves contact. In other words, he's likely got a Big Ten future, although we doubt it will be here.
Tony Carr, 6-3, Roman Catholic HS (Philadelphia): Carr broke out this summer on the AAU circuit, and received a Maryland offer. He's got excellent size for the position, enough athleticism, and possesses the "Philly toughness " and polish you would expect from a kid from that basketball rich city. Maryland, Temple, St. Joe's, Penn State, GW, Rhode Island, and LaSalle are some of the early schools vying for Carr's services.
Bryce Aiken, 5-9, The Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.): Aiken, like many others on this list is small, but he's gotten stronger, and has excellent instincts for the position. Aiken runs the point for the very successful program at the Patrick School (formerly St. Patrick's), and despite his size, gets the job done. He's another tough Jersey kid with interest/offers from Maryland, Rutgers, Seton Hall, USF, Oklahoma, Miami, and BC.
Asante Gist, 5-10, Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.): It seems like Jersey has the market cornered on smallish, quick, tough point guards. Gist is a slightly bigger version of Aiken, and has similar college offers from Maryland, USF, Rutgers, and Seton Hall. Roselle Catholic is one of the nation's top teams (featuring Malachi Richardson and Chris Silva), and it's Gist who keeps it all together.
There are others who perhaps want to be listed as point guards, and their size may dictate that they play the position in the future, but for now, we're keeping Curtis Jones (Huntington Prep/Huntington, W.Va.); Breein Tyree (St. Joe's/Metuchen, N.J.); and Devonte Green (Long Island Lutheran/Long Island, N.Y.) on our list as combo guards, although they have the skills to step over and run the point if necessary. We'll feature them in a future Dish.
So, while the search goes on for a point guard who can "bridge" into 2016, the Terps have positioned themselves nicely with some of the better point guards in the country. Winston may be the only one who qualifies as an "elite" prospect, and it's highly unlikely he'll be a Terp, but the others are all extremely talented players, and any of them would be quality additions at a position of need.
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