The early signing period has ended, and we've discussed a number of 2016 prospects being watched. So here's a brief primer on some high school sophomores who the Terps may take a look at in the future. Many of these kids have been on campus this summer and fall. It's never too early to spot talent and begin relationships.
Jamir Moultrie, 6-0, G, Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.): Moultrie has point guard size, but is more of a scorer at the lead guard position. He may be a bit old for his class, and possibly could finish up in prep school. He already starts for the Mustangs, and can light up the scoreboard. Count on him to be a force in the WCAC again this year.
Devante Carter, 6-2, PG, Genesis Academy (Lynchburg, VA:The Terps spent a good deal of time at Genesis in the past year, while checking out juniors Josh Hall and Greg Williams. Carter appears to be the next big thing coming out of that strong program.
Tyler Foster, 6-5, SG, Gilman School (Baltimore, Md): Gilman's hoops program is beginning to be a real factor in Charm City. Foster is one of its upcoming stars.
Eric Ayala, 6-2, G, Sanford School (Hockessin, Del): Ayala is one of many standouts on the UA based WE R 1 program. He's a physically mature wing with lots of scoring skills.
Quade Green, 5-11, PG, Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia, Pa.): Green, another WE R 1 member, is a fundamentally sound, cerebral point guard for the always strong Goretti squad.
Eddie Scott, 6-5, G/F, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.): The Terps would love to land a Gonzaga product. Perhaps Scott could be that guy. He's a quality athletic wing with lots of potential.
David Beatty, 6-2, G, Archbishop Carroll (Radnor, Pa.): Beatty, another WE R 1 product, is a slashing, dynamic wing guard with a solid mid-range game.
Chyree Walker, 6-3, SG, Bullis School (Potomac, Md.): Walker transferred to Bullis from Paul VI HS, and should be an immediate factor in the IAC. He's a thoroughbred athlete, with loads of upside, who just needs some polish to his skills.
Aaron Thompson, 6-0, PG, Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.): Thompson got plenty of run for the powerful Panthers as a freshman, and, along with senior Frank Howard, will run the show again this year. Thompson's a prototype pure point, who will need to show more of an outside shot in his sophomore year.
Andre Rafus, 6-7, SF, Saint Frances (Baltimore, Md.): Rafus, a skilled, athletic 3-man, looks like he'll be the next star in a long line of SFA standouts. He's a definite high-major potential prospect.
Melo Eggleston, 6-7, SF, Clinton Christian (Clinton, Md.): Eggleston has a big rep, and the skills to go along with it. There's already an indication that Eggleston is infatuated with Syracuse, and the Orange seem to be returning the interest.
D.J. Harvey, 6-6, SF, DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.): Harvey will likely be the highest rated DMV prospect in his class, and a national top 20-30 player when all is said and done. He's got lots of skills, is an excellent athlete and plays with poise. Harvey's not originally from this area, and he'll likely be a tough get for the Terps.
Jordan Camper, 6-6, SF, Concord HS (Wilmington, Del.): An exceptional athlete, Camper is still another WE R 1 product.
Nigel Jackson, 6-5, SF, Mount St. Joe's (Baltimore, Md.): Jackson's been on campus a number of times, and will likely help continue the success of the traditionally strong MSJ program under head coach Pat Clatchey.
Scott Hitchon, 6-8, PF, ACTS Athletic Institute (Canada): On tape, Hitchon looks like the real deal. He's strong, aggressive, and exceptionally athletic. We hear the Terps are aware of him, and will likely be a factor in his recruitment.
Daniel Mading, 6-9, PF, The Rock School (Gainesville, Fla.): Mading, an Australian import, has been on campus this summer, and has some ties to the DMV area. He's raw, but long, lean, and very bouncy. Lots of skill work is needed, but Mading has a chance to be very good.
Zach Kent, 6-10, C, St. Andrew's (Middletown, Del.): St. Andrew's, which produced both Eric Boateng (Duke, Arizona State) and Ben Bentil (Providence), now gives us Kent, a fluid athlete, who can shoot and do some nice things around the basket. Kent needs lots of physical maturation, but has an appealing skill-set. We expect the Terps to be all over this kid, who is still another WE R 1 member.
That's a very early look at some kids who are on the Terps' radar. Clearly, this list will change numerous times in the future, but it's a start.
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