The Terps’ hoops staff is still making headway in its 2015 recruiting class, while they have one commitment secured for the 2016 crop, but head coach Mark Turgeon and Co. are already delving into sophomore recruits as well. Before Maryland took on Nebraska Feb. 19, Turgeon extended an offer to local 2017 forward Myles Douglas (Friends School/Baltimore, Md.), perhaps the most talented prospect in the Baltimore area.
“I was very excited about the offer. Obviously Maryland is a great school and is doing very well in the Big Ten. It’s one of my favorite offers, definitely,” said the 6-foot-6. 190-pound Douglas, who now holds early verbals from UMD, Miami, Richmond, USC and Hofstra. “Before the game [against Nebraska] I talked to Coach Turgeon, and he was just saying how he’s liked me for awhile and he loves my game. He said I’m the first one in my area in my class he wanted to offer. Then he said I was very special.
“It made me feel good, like my hard work wasn’t going to waste. I worked hard for this, and for a school like Maryland to see that, it was great.”
Douglas has met Turgeon a few times already, and he has frequent contact with area recruiter Bino Ranson. He said he has a “great relationship” with both UMD coaches and said Ranson is “really cool, one of my favorite coaches to talk to.”
“Coach Turgeon has come to a few of my games, and I’ve talked to him [at Maryland], and he’s a great guy. He’s a great coach,” Douglas said. “Then [at the Nebraska game] it was me, my mom, Coach Turgeon and Coach Bino, and we had a really good time talking to them. Coach Bino was saying how much he liked my game and how the Terps would be a great fit for me.
“And I’ve been to Maryland before, but that was my mom’s first time talking to the coaches and seeing the school. She didn’t really know what Maryland was like, but she loved it and was probably even more excited that I got offered than I was (laughs). She liked the coaches and thinks they’ll help me get better, and how the staff has a common goal.”
After chatting up Ranson and Turgeon, the Douglases took in the game, a 69-65 UMD victory. Douglas previously attended Maryland’s victory against Michigan State Jan. 17, and returned for the Terps’ win over Indiana recently as well. All three games were exciting, down-to-the wire affairs that UMD pulled out.
“This was another great game and a great atmosphere,” Douglas said. “I love the crowd at Maryland and I love [the Xfinity Center]. The fans really support the team and get into the game. I love the student-section there and how hype they are.
“And just watching [the Terps] play, I like their style. They get up and down, play good defense and have great players. I love watching [Melo] Trimble. He does not play like a freshman.”
Speaking of Trimble, he’s a local product like Douglas. The Upper Marlboro, Md., native had a chance to attend plenty of other high-major programs, but opted to stick with hometown Maryland, which is something that resonates with the sophomore Douglas.
“When I look at a college, I’m looking at what school has a real home feel to it,” Douglas said. “And Maryland definitely has that feel. I’m real comfortable on campus and around the coaches, and it’s less than an hour from my home. Seeing how guys like Melo, Dion [Wiley] staying home, and Anthony Cowan too, that’s pretty cool. It’s something I’m thinking about a lot too.”
College Park, Md., is the only campus Douglas has seen recently. A few months back, he visited Virginia and West Virginia, and before that he went to Miami. He has no upcoming trips scheduled, however.
Douglas just finished his sophomore season at Douglas, having averaged 22 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
“I think I did pretty good this year. I played a full season and we went to the playoffs for the first time in 10 years,” said Douglas, who will begin playing AAU ball for Team Takeover this March. “I was a leader on the floor this year, just being vocal, finding my teammates, playing with my back to the basket, and scoring around the rim. I probably have to work on my decision making some and I have to work on my defense some too. But overall I think I did pretty good.”
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