Class of 2017 small forward Myles Douglas (Friends School/Baltimore, Md.) has held a Maryland offer since February, so it was no surprise the Terps’ staff watched almost every one of his AAU games at the Nike EYBL event in Hampton, Va., April 10-12. The 6-foot-7 sophomore, who suits up for Team Takeover’s 16U squad, said he played reasonably well with coaches Mark Turgeon, Bino Ranson and Cliff Warren looking on, though he believes he could have performed better.
“I think I did OK, but I need to be more consistent,” said Douglas, who holds early verbals from UMD, Miami, USC, Richmond and Hofstra. “I got off to kind of a slow start [April 10] and [April 11], but on [April 12] it kind of came together for me and I played better. Overall we played about six games, and I think I rebounded well, but I have to shoot better and just be more aggressive.”
Even so, Douglas said the first live evaluation period this offseason was a “real good learning experience” for him. The Baltimore product said he competed against the likes of talent-laden AAU squads like CP3, King James, Team Final and others, allowing him to try his talents against other top recruits.
“Going against great competition will only help me, and playing against some of those teams, it let me know where my game is at and what I need to improve on,” Douglas said. “I know I can get to the basket, I know I can rebound, and I know I can create for others, but I have to work on my ball-handling; my vision; and my jump shot. I’m shooting OK, but I have to be more consistent facing up and stepping out.”
Douglas couldn’t help but glimpse into the stands during his three-day stay in Hampton. He said he noticed coaches from Villanova, Syracuse, Georgetown, Temple, Louisville, Duke, Virginia, Miami and others watching his games, though he mentioned, “the Maryland coaches were at every game. They were showing the love.”
And apparently that love is reciprocal.
“I haven’t been in touch with Maryland for a couple weeks now because they can’t talk to me [until June 15], but they’ve been talking to my coach and letting him know they want me there,” Douglas said. “I know they want me to be more aggressive and just keep working on my game.”
Baltimore area recruiter Bino Ranson is Douglas’ primary point of contact, but he’s also spoken to head coach Mark Turgeon and other staff members as well while on campus.
“I like everyone up at Maryland. Coach Bino, he’s a great person to talk to and we have a great relationship, and Coach Turgeon is a great coach. I was honored when they offered me,” Douglas said. “The coaches are always at my games, and they’ve showed they want me, so I like that and appreciate that.”
Douglas attended at least three games in Xfinity Center during the season, raving about the atmosphere after each. He said he’d “love” to play in front of Terps fans, and is thankful he now has the opportunity to do so.
“I love the student-section at Maryland and I love what Coach Turgeon is doing there,” Douglas said. “It’s close to home, a lot of guys from around here are looking at them, they went to the [NCAA] tournament this year, and they’re on the rise in years to come. They’ve got a great class coming in with Jaylen Brantley and Diamond Stone, and then they’ve got Anthony Cowan coming in too. There’s a lot of excitement at Maryland right now.”
But Douglas doesn’t have any intentions of ending his recruitment two years early. He said he’s still open to all suitors and wants to “go through the process,” taking visits and collecting offers.
“I think I’m going to wait until my senior year before I make any kind of decision,” Douglas said. “I do like Maryland, but I haven’t thought about committing or anything like that too much.”
Following summer AAU season, Douglas said he’ll take in a few college campuses, though which ones will depend on what offers he procures. He’s already visited Maryland, Miami, Virginia and West Virginia.
“I’ll definitely get back to Maryland, and I’m trying to get back to Miami too,” Douglas said. “Virginia has been talking to my coach about me, so if they offer I’ll probably go back down there. I’d like to see USC at some point, but that’s going to be tough since it’s out in California. But we’ll see; I just want to keep working on my game and getting better.”
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