Let's continue now with the class of 2016, and focus on some combo guards and wing players who are on Maryland's radar.
Brandon Robinson, 6-5, Douglas County HS (Douglasville, Ga.): There's a connection with Robinson via Terps assistant coach Cliff Warren, according to sources in the Peach State. Robinson is a long, wiry, athletic guard, who has some lead guard skills, but projects off the ball. He's already making unofficial visits, having been to Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Clemson, who just offered him over the weekend. A trip to Maryland is planned for this fall. Sources tell me the Terps have a legitimate shot here.
Breein Tyree, 6-2, St. Joe's Metuchen HS (Metuchen, N.J.): Tyree has point guard size, but is mainly known for his explosive forays to the hoop, and his ability to score the basketball. Maryland observed him at the Reebok Breakout Challenge, where he impressed and elevated himself to high major status. Georgia Tech and USC are among his latest offers. I am not sensing a huge Maryland push at the moment, since Tyree, though quite talented, seems to be caught between positions (1/2G) a bit. That said, Tyree is a hard nosed, athletic player with lots of potential.
Curt Jones, 6-3, Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.): The well-traveled Jones, a native of Richmond, has now landed at national powerhouse Huntington Prep, after playing for Paul VI last year, in a supporting role. Jones fancies himself as a point guard, and he can fill in there, but we like him much more off the ball. Jones can shoot and score off the bounce, and has good size to play either backcourt position. The Terps, along with a slew of others, have already offered this talented junior. Maryland seems to be in the thick of things with Jones, but I would doubt they are recruiting him strictly as a point, but moreso as a combo guard.
Markelle Fultz, 6-4, DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.): Fultz is one of the hot recruiting stories of the summer, as he absolutely blew up after playing on DeMatha's JV team as a sophomore. Maryland, Georgetown, Villanova, and Washington are among his early offers, and Fultz combines a deft shooting touch along with great size to project as one of the better wing guards on the East Coast.
Kodye Pugh, 6-6, Boys' Latin (Baltimore, Md.):Pugh is the poster boy for the term "student-athlete," having numerous offers/interest from many of the nation's great academic schools. Stanford, Northwester, and Harvard are among some of his suitors. Pugh is a very thin, but long 6-6 lefty wing with lots of upside, who needs to polish his skills and physically mature. Maryland and Georgetown are also involved with Pugh, who perhaps isn't quite as far along as some others athletically, but who brings a lot to the table as someone who has his priorities straight.
Lamar Stevens, 6-6, Haverford School (Philadelphia, Pa.): We've seen a good bit of Stevens, a physically imposing 6-6 wing from Philly. He's a power wing, who does most of his damage in the paint, but who has a solid mid-range game as well. If he extends his range a bit, he's got the whole package. Villanova, Temple, Maryland and others are already on his trail.
Devonte Green, 6-2, Long Island Lutheran (Brookville, N.Y.): Green is the younger brother of former UNC star Danny Green (now with the San Antonio Spurs), and like his older sibling, Green can absolutely fill it up. He's another combo guard prospect, who has a capable handle, but is best in the open court scoring the basketball. The Terps are apparently showing a good deal of interest in Green, who, like Breein Tyree, has tremendous offensive skills, and possibly could transition to the point guard slot in time.
A.J. Wilson, 6-6, Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.): We've written about Wilson often. He's one of the elite athletes in the DMV, a 6-6 leaper who plays over the rim. The move to Montrose could serve him well, as he'll need to add some polish to his game, and extend his range. Wilson's not that far along on the developmental stage, but obviously has some physical gifts which can't be taught. Penn State and Xavier are among those schools monitoring him.
Quick recruiting notes:
Priority point guard target Jaylen Brantley, 5-10 (Odessa College/Odessa, Texas) will arrive Oct. 17 for his official visit. More and more schools are showing interest in Brantley, but the Terps got in early and offered. It's definitely in their best interests to get this done as soon as possible, if they can.
As far as we know, Diamond Stone, (Dominican HS/Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) is also scheduled to be here for his official Oct. 17 as well. We're guessing, but it looks like a three team race with Wisconsin, UConn and Maryland, although Stone just took an official to Oklahoma State. We're not holding our breath with Stone, but if by some chance he does pick the Terps, it changes the entire recruiting landscape for 2015.
Tank Efianayi (Daytona State CC/Daytona, Fla.), who earlier received some mild interest from Maryland, just popped to Central Florida.
As expected, Justin Robinson (St. James School, Md.) announced for Virginia Tech, and thankfully for Terps fans, that long saga has now ended -- and not a day too soon.
We did confirm that Maryland assistant Dustin Clark was in Dallas Oct. 11, at the Mullen JUCO Jamboree, and watched both Brantley and Midland CC (Midland, Texas) wing guard Maurice O'Field in action. We know the Terps want Brantley, and it appears the interest in O'Field is legit as well.
The other 2015 big who seems to at least be a possibility, in addition to Stone, is 6-11 Yankuba Sima (Arlington Country Day/ Jacksonville, Fla.). He's another Canarius Basketball Academy (Spain) product, who has Louisville and Maryland at the top of his list. Here we are in mid-October without a commitment, and yet landing Sima or Stone, Brantley, and perhaps Ivan Bender would certainly salvage the recruiting year and make for what could be an outstanding team in 2015.
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