The Maryland-Michigan State game in College Park, Md., Jan. 17 brought out a host of notable hoops recruits, several of whom are on the Terps’ radar. Nearby DMV talents like Gonzaga’s (Washington, D.C.) Chris Lykes and Eddie Scott, St. Frances’ (Baltimore, Md.) Andre Rafus, National Christian Academy’s (Clinton, Md.) Christian Matthews and Friends’ (Baltimore, Md.) Myles Douglas were in attendance, in addition to out-of-state point guard Shamorie Ponds (Thomas Jefferson/Brooklyn, N.Y.).
Of those, the class of 2017 wing Douglas might have been the most intriguing name. The 6-foot-7, 200-pounder may eventually develop into the major recruit in the Baltimore area, and he’s been in touch with Terps’ assistant Bino Ranson for some time now.
“I thought Maryland played great [against Michigan State],” Douglas said of the 75-59 Terps’ victory. “It was a great game to watch, and it was great energy in the building. It was a sold-out game, a big-game atmosphere. It’s nights like that you won’t forget as you go through the recruiting process. It was just a crazy environment with all the fans there; you could barely even hear at times.”
Douglas said he spent the majority of the game chatting up the two Gonzaga 2017 recruits, Lykes and Scott. The Baltimore forward said all of them “really loved” the Xfinity Center and how the Terps performed. And after the game, Douglas and the rest of the recruits had a chance to chat with the Maryland staff.
“I talked to Coach Bino afterwards, and he just asked me how I liked the game and if I was ready for that type of atmosphere. He asked me if I wanted to come to Maryland one day,” said Douglas, who plays AAU ball for Team Takeover. “I told him I loved it there, and I would love to come to Maryland. It’s kind of like a dream of mine to play for the hometown school.”
The Jan. 17 bout was not Douglas’ first time in College Park. In fact, he said he’s been there about six times prior, including for a campus tour last August and before that a Terps’ game against Florida State.
“I thought the campus was amazing,” Douglas said. “It’s the best campus I’ve been on, and maybe one of the best in the country. I love the Xfinity Center and the facilities there.”
Douglas does not hold a Terps offer yet, but believes he is firmly on their radar. He said he’s stayed in close contact with Ranson and spoken to head coach Mark Turgeon a few times as well, receiving solid vibes from both.
“I think they are very interested. Coach Bino, I talk to him mostly, and he hasn’t told me what I have to do to get an offer, but he really likes how versatile I am,” Douglas said. “He likes how I can play multiple positions, how I can shoot, drive and distribute. He says to keep working hard and good things will happen for me.”
Good things have already happened for Douglas, and are bound to continue as his high school career moves along. He currently holds offers from Miami, Richmond and Hofstra, and said Temple could be anteing up in short order. In fact, he said the Owls and Terps have had the most contact with him recently.
In addition to UMD, Douglas has visited the Canes, West Virginia and UVA. Douglas is unsure where he’ll be heading next, as he typically travels with his high school coach.
Douglas said he’s unsure what position he projects at in college. He said he’s 6-7 right now, but his doctor told him he’s still growing and could reach 6-10 in a year or two.
“I honestly can’t even say what position I’ll be playing, because I can play so many, and I don’t know how big I’m going to get either,” Douglas said. “Right now I can play the two, the three and even the four. So I just don’t know right now.”
So far this season, Douglas’ Friends squad is sitting at 9-9, with the 2017 forward averaging 24 points, eight rebounds and three assists per night.
“I’m having a good year so far,” Douglas said. “I’m a shooter, I can get to the basket, I draw fouls, I get other people involved and I rebound. I’m trying to be more of a vocal leader, and just working on my defense -- brining it every play.”
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