Checking in With Terps Offer Myles Douglas

BALTIMORE, Md. – It had been a month or so since we last visited with The Friends School (Baltimore, Md.) sophomore forward and early Terps offer Myles Douglas, so we hit an off-season workout last night at the private school.

BALTIMORE, Md. – It had been a month or so since we last visited with The Friends School (Baltimore, Md.) sophomore forward early Terps offer Myles Douglas, so we hit an off-season workout last night at the school for how things have been going for the 6-foot-8 combo forward who tripped to College Park, Md., last month with his mother, and received the coveted Terps offer he had been hoping for.

Douglas, who TT will scout as well at this weekend’s Metro Challenge at DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), is preparing for the spring AAU circuit, which he will begin in earnest with his Team Takeover AAU club next month at the Boo Williams Invitational tournament in Virginia.

To date, Maryland, Miami, USC, Richmond and Hofstra are his first round of offers, while Douglas is hearing from the likes of Virginia, West Virginia, Syracuse, Penn State, Louisville, Temple and others as his recruitment begins to heat up.

“I just think the Maryland offer was a big offer, as it’s the Big Ten, and I am glad they recognized my hard work and stuff. So I am just going to keep working hard,” Douglas said.

The rising junior was very caught up in the Terps-WVU NCAA Tournament game this week, a game he thought UMD would win.

“My emotions were very high. I thought Maryland was going to win it going into it,” Douglas said. “But West Virginia is a big team, their pressure was great, and I think that was a deciding factor.”

Douglas once played in the same AAU program as WVU freshman guard Dax Miles, Jr., though he was a few age groups apart.

“I know him, and he had a good game. We all go way back with Baltimore Elite back then,” Douglas said.

Douglas said that when he was offered by UMD he thought for a minute about committing then and there, but feels sometime during his junior year may be more realistic. The Edgewood resident, whose mother moved to the area from Chicago when Myles Douglas was young, took her first college visit when the two came to UMD, so she is just familiarizing herself with the recruit process, etc.

“Oh man, she loved it even more than me,” Douglas quipped.

Douglas said he is busy working on “being more of a leader. Finishing better with contact, which you have to do at the next level. Those kinds of things,” Douglas said.

“And the Maryland offer, I had to think hard for a bit, my family, what they feel best,” Douglas said. “But my mom had never been to the Maryland campus before that day. She was just so very excited, so she is just looking at it all.”

Douglas, who is still said to be growing, could be a stretch-four at the college level, his Coach Al Holley believes. Douglas enjoyed watching Jake Layman at the position this year for the Terps, while he was glued to the TV set all season long checking out Terps games.

“Their season, it was a great season,” Douglas said. “Because a lot of people didn’t think they would do that well in their first year in the Big Ten. I think they had a great season, they got a lot of great recruits, and Melo Trimble definitely dominated the Big Ten.”

There is a lot of potential and possibility to his game, as he can put it on the floor, stretch defenses, and has solid range and a developing three-point shot.

“But I feel I can pretty much play anywhere on the floor,” Douglas said of future positioning.

Also this spring/summer, he has tournaments in Kentucky, Georgia and even Puerto Rico with Team Takeover, among other spots.

Douglas said Baltimore prep hoops is back, “but a lot of their elite talent over the years have gone away for school. It looks like Maryland is keeping more local guys home now. Looking back, I liked watching Pe’Shon Howard play there when I was young, Nick Faust, Sean Mosley, those kind of guys,” Douglas said of past Terps he followed.

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