Hardwood Notes: UMD Hoops Recruiting

After a couple weeks hiatus, we return this week with another recruiting update from the hardwood.

After a couple weeks hiatus, we return this week with another recruiting update from the hardwood. There hasn’t been too much hot stove news to report recently, but here’s where head coach Mark Turgeon and Maryland stands leading up to the spring open period.

All Is Quiet…

On the class of 2015 front. We’ve been trying to dig up some new names the Terps might be pursuing to round out its current recruiting class, but so far we’ve heard crickets.

The two main targets remain the pair of Elev8 Sports Institute (Delray Beach, Fla.) prospects: wing Jamall Gregory and power forward Yankuba Sima. Sima, the 6-foot-10 big man who has UMD and Louisville out in front, is set to visit both schools officially this March. He’s maintained consistent contact with Terps area recruiter Dustin Clark throughout his senior campaign, and is still considered a Maryland lean.

Gregory, meanwhile, is in a holding pattern, waiting for that coveted UMD scholarship. He, like Sima, has been in touch with Clark, though it seems like the staff is in no rush to extend the offer. The high-flying, athletic Gregory has a few more options at his disposal now, including DePaul, Canisius, Florida Gulf Coast, UNLV and St. Bonaventure, but he’s made it known he’d love to be a Terp.

Remember, Gregory is originally from Washington, D.C., and spent the last two years at Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.), and he’s suggested in the past he’d jump at the chance to return home.

We still believe Maryland will eventually offer Gregory, unless Turgeon and Co. have identified another later-emerging wing this late in the process.

Of course, the nation’s No. 1 big man, Diamond Stone (Dominican/Whitefish Bay, Wisc.), is still available, but we’re sticking to our original premise: Maryland is in play, but on the outside looking in. Stone remains a Wisconsin lean, with Connecticut perhaps running second.

The Terps have made up ground, and Stone has a longstanding relationship with recruiter Bino Ranson, but we’re not ready to elevate him above the other two suitors heading into the April signing period. In fact, he's still listed as "cool" on the hot board, and we're inclined to leave it as such.

As for other possible wing options, junior college forward Maurice O’Field (Midland, Texas) and Ricky Council (Moravian Prep/Durham, N.C.) are technically still on the board. However, the Terps’ staff seems to have cooled considerably on O’Field after watching him play, while Council is probably a longshot as UMD hasn’t really pursued in earnest.

NOTE: It’s still possible – maybe even likely – that Maryland brings in a fifth-year transfer this year. Expect the Terps to monitor the ranks for a role-playing, defensive-minded forward in the months ahead.

Class of 2016 Recruiting

We’re in the process of uncovering new class of 2016 targets since we just removed a bunch of names from the hot board recently. The following recruits either a) had little contact with the Terps’ staff, b) seemed to be looking elsewhere, or c) dropped off the radar after Maryland snagged point guard Anthony Cowan (St. John’s/Washington, D.C.):

PG Tony Carr (Roman Catholic/Philadelphia, Pa.): Little interest since UMD landed Cowan.
PG Breein Tyree (St. Joseph/Metuchen, N.J.): Dropped off when UMD landed Cowan.
PG Bryce Aiken (St. Patrick/Elizabeth, N.J.): Dropped off when UMD landed Cowan.
PG Alterique Gilbert (Miller Grove/Lithonia, Ga.): Dropped off when UMD landed Cowan.
PG Cassius Winston (Detroit Jesuit/Detroit, Mich.): Dropped off when UMD landed Cowan.
PG Asante Gist (Roselle Catholic/Roselle, N.J.): Dropped off when UMD landed Cowan.
SG Jamal Murray (Athlete Institute Basketball Academy/Toronto, Ontario): Looking at the bluebloods, likely Syracuse bound.
SG Shamorie Ponds (Thomas Jefferson/Rochester, N.Y.): Visited UMD, but staff hasn’t had much follow up since then.
SG C.J. Keyser (Sunrise Christian/Bel Air, Md.): Little interest from Terps.
SG DeAndre Hunter (Friends’ Central/Philadelphia, Pa.): Little interest from Terps
SF Lamar Stevens (Haverford/Jenkintown. Pa.): Terps never offered. Likely bound for Indiana.
SF V.J. King (Paul VI/Fairfax, Va): An Ohio native who is likely bound for OSU. Terps would love to have, but it’s a longshot.
PF Mamadi Diakite (Blue Ridge/Dyke, Va.): Terps showed little interest. Likely UVA bound.
PF Aric Holman (Owensboro, Kent.): Terps haven’t offered. VCU is all over him, and Louisville’s involved.
PF Sedee Keita (22 Feet Academy/Saxtons River, Vt.): Terps never offered. Likely Syracuse bound.
PF Chris Lewis (Milton/Alpharetta, Ga.): Committed to Harvard.
C Mamadou Diarra (Putnam Science/Putnam, Conn.): Terps have shown little interest.


The recruits still on the board are quite familiar to Maryland aficionados by now. Cowan is, of course, already committed, and the other two top targets remain combo guard Curtis Jones (Huntington Prep/Huntington, W.Va.) and wing Markelle Fultz (DeMatha/Hyattsville, Md.).

Little has changed in Fultz’ and Jones’ recruitments since our last update. Both have Maryland under firm consideration, though each will be taking several visits once their seasons end. They do not appear to be anywhere close to popping early a la Cowan.

Jones, however, could be considered a Terps lean at this point, although Indiana, West Virginia, Cincinnati and possibly Georgetown are making a run. But we do think Maryland has the inside track for the time being.

Fultz, though, is still wide open in his recruitment as his profile continues to grow and grow. Word is Kentucky and Louisville are both taking a hard look at him now, while West Coast programs Arizona and Washington remain prime contenders.

Both Fultz and Jones have been in College Park for games this year, and we expect them to return again this offseason at the behest of Turgeon and area recruiter Dustin Clark.

We did hear of yet another overseas prospect the Terps are involved with. Jacob Larsen, a 6-10 big man from Holte, Denmark, has entered onto the radar of not only college, but NBA coaches as well. Larsen is likely going to play a year or two of college ball before heading to the professional ranks, however, so he's someone to monitor for sure.

Another name we recently added is Christ The King (Middle Village, N.Y.) shooting guard Rawle Atkins. This 6-5, 210-pounder has offers from IU, Louisville, Miami, Villanova, Cincinnati, Kansas, Florida State, N.C. State, Minnesota and others, while the Terps have checked him out as well. Atkins hasn’t given much insight into his recruitment of late, but we do know Maryland is showing interest. Whether or not Atkins listens to UMD’s pitch remains to be seen.

We’re also inclined to keep local wing Kodye Pugh from Boys’ Latin (Towson, Md.) in play. Every time we’ve scouted Pugh we’ve been impressed with his game, and we know the Terps have maintained contact.

Pugh already has solid offers from the likes of Georgia Tech, George Washington, Georgetown, Temple, Princeton, Northwestern and others, so he’s hardly an under-the-radar talent. We’ll see if Turgeon and Ranson make a run down the line.

Another local product, Corey Manigault (Paul VI), remains on the board, though we’re not sure for how long. This 6-8 power forward is still claiming a Maryland offer, but it’s likely not a committable one at this time. Manigault may fit better at the mid-major level unless his game develops steadily during the offseason.

Moreover, since the Terps have two young post presences on the roster, just added a third in Ivan Bender, and are likely to pull in a ’15 big man, they might not see a need to push for a 2016 paint presence.

And even though Maryland has Anthony Cowan in toe, we’ll keep point guard Devonte Green (Long Island Lutheran/Brookville, N.Y.) on the list for now. Word is the Terps recently checked out this emerging recruit, and rightfully so. Green is quite a player and could be about to blow up nationally, so perhaps UMD could consider making a run at a second floor leader if they become infatuated with his game.

Class of 2017 Names To Know

It’s still too early to project the class of 2017’s destinations, but here are some recruits the Terps have identified as potential targets:

Guards/Wings

PG Jamir Moultrie, 6-0, Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.): We’ve scouted him and like his poise, handles and all-around game.
SG Eddie Scott, 6-5, Gonzaga College HS (Washington, D.C.): Emerging wing we’ve seen and think could develop into a top local talent.
PG Quade Green, 6-0, Neumann-Goretti HS (Philadelphia, Pa.): The staff has been through to see him and Green said the Terps are intrigued.
PG David Beatty, 6-3, Archbishop Carroll HS (Radnor, Pa.): Lead guard who is just now entering the national consciousness
SG Tyler Foster, 6-5, Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.): One of Baltimore’s best young hoops recruits. Might be the best sophomore in the area.

Small Forwards

Jordan Tucker, 6-7, Archbishop Stepinac HS (White Plains, N.Y.): Holds a Terps offer and is a national name with a stellar game.
Melo Eggleston, 6-8, Clinton Christian HS (Upper Marlboro, Md.): Nearby wing with high upside given his length and handles. Terps intrigued.
Myles Douglas, 6-7, Friends HS (Baltimore, Md.): Has been in College Park several times and is firmly on UMD’s radar. Another one of Baltimore’s best sophomores.

Power Forwards

Daniel Mading, 6-9, The Rock School (Gainesville, Fla.): Terps have checked him out and should be offering. Will be a national recruit, but is likely Florida bound.
Cody Riley, 6-7, Sierra Canyon HS (Chatsworth, Calif.): Like Mading, he’s a surefire top-level prospect Terps have offered early.
Scott Hitchon, 6-8, ACTS Athlete Institute (Whitby, Ontario): Receiving early high-major looks; Terps have checked him out.

Center

Mohammed Bamba, 6-10, Westtown School (Pa.): Holds a Terps offer is fond of the school early. But he’s another national product Terps will have to fight for.
Zach Kent, 6-9, St. Andrew's School (Middletown, Del.): Under the radar, but the Terps have been out to check him out. May even have an early UMD “offer.”

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