Hardwood Notes: UMD Hoops Recruiting

After two evaluation periods, the template has been laid, for the most part, for the rest of Maryland’s 2016 recruiting class.

After two evaluation periods, the template has been laid, for the most part, for the rest of Maryland’s 2016 recruiting class. Based on head coach Mark Turgeon and Co.’s offers, it looks like the Terps will pursue two more guards/combos to pair with Anthony Cowan (St. John’s/Washington, D.C.), a wing and perhaps a power forward/big man.

Here’s where the Terps stand with some of their main targets heading into the summer and the July evaluation period:


Tony Carr, PG, Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.): This 6-foot-3, 190-pound Philly product has been downright impressive and now claims an offer list exceeding 20. After speaking to Carr previously and then reading recent interviews, it sounds like Maryland may be trailing several programs for the rugged point. Carr, recall, wasn’t all that enthused about sharing the lead guard role with Cowan.

He’s still keeping the Terps in mind, but for the moment Indiana may hold the edge, with Temple, St. John’s, Penn State, Florida State and SMU heavily involved as well. The Terps are probably in the next grouping, along with Georgetown, Pitt, Illinois and Xavier.

Markelle Fultz, SG, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): The local product has given several updates of late following trips to Kentucky, Louisville and Xavier, while a visit to Arizona is coming up. The vibe is Louisville, Kentucky (no offer yet) and Arizona lead for his services, with Fultz sure to pop to John Calipari’s program should the offer come to fruition. If Kentucky, which Fultz raved about after his foray through Lexington, chooses not to pursue, Arizona and Louisville will likely battle for that second position.

Fultz always speaks highly of Maryland, Turgeon and assistant Dustin Clark, but it’s becoming clear he has his eyes on the bluebloods. The Terps may be running fourth at the moment, so we’ll see what kind of traction Turgeon can gain in the months ahead.

Curtis Jones, SG, Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.): Jones still holds UMD in high regard, and we believe the Terps remain the favorites to land him. The local combo guard, who improved his stock during the second EYBL session, is also looking at Indiana and West Virginia and figures to trip to each this summer, in addition to yet another return to Maryland.

N.C. State, Texas, Georgetown and Xavier may be hanging around the periphery, but the feeling is he may be Turgeon’s to lose. But we’ll see how hard of a push UMD’s headman makes; it could depend on how he feels about some of the Terps’ other coveted targets valued ahead of Jones.

Brandon Robinson, SG, Douglas County (Douglasville, Ga.): We caught up with Robinson this week, and learned the 6-5, 170-pounder is not only considering the Terps, but has them among his prime contenders. Robinson has a longstanding rapport with UMD assistant Cliff Warren dating back to his days at Georgia Tech, while Turgeon left quite an impression as well following a late-April in-home visit. Robinson is scheduled to see College Park, Md., for the first time later this summer, and we get the sense that trip could solidify UMD’s spot among his top two or three suitors.

Robinson, though, is also very high on Florida State and is in the process of researching some of his newer suitors too. The Georgia native will be hitting the trail in earnest once the school year ends, so his recruitment could ebb and flow moving forward. Some programs he’ll be checking out include Florida, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Memphis and Alabama, in addition to UMD and FSU.

Kevin Huerter, SG, Shenendehowa (Clifton Park, N.Y.): Hueter’s keeping a poker face as the offers roll in, giving little indication into which schools he’s favoring heading into the summer. The Terps certainly have his attention thanks to assistant Dustin Clark and Turgeon’s pitch, not to mention Maryland’s rise to national prominence. But they’re hardly the only program making a push.

In-state Syracuse, which recently offered, is in a strong spot, along with Notre Dame, George Washington and even Penn State. Xavier, Michigan, Iowa, Creighton, Miami and Marquette are hanging around, meanwhile.

Look for Huerter to visit Maryland, Cuse, UND, GW and PSU this summer, in addition to any other major suitors that could emerge. We’ll know more about his situation following the July live period and after Huerter concludes his offseason tour.

Josh Jackson, SG, Prolific Prep (California): Maryland is after the No. 1 recruit in the country, along with every blueblood school out there. The feeling is, though, Jackson may not even head to college next year, instead opting to play a year in Europe before entering the NBA Draft.

If he decides to play a year in the States, however, it looks like Arizona, Kansas, Louisville and others of that ilk will be his landing spot.


Wenyen Gabriel, SF, Wilbraham And Monson Academy (Wilbraham, Mass.): The Terps vaulted to the top of Gabriel’s early leaderboard after Turgeon anted up a couple months back, and the vibe is Maryland remains in a strong spot to pull this emerging wing. Area recruiter Bino Ranson has a deep connection with Gabriel, while the New Hampshire native likes UMD’s program, academics and direction. Look for him to trek down to College Park in the months ahead.

The other prime players here seem to be Uconn and BC, both of which Gabriel is quite familiar with having visited each. He’s also looking at Providence, UVA, Xavier, UMass, Kansas State and DePaul.

Lamar Stevens, SF, Roman Catholic: The teammate of Tony Carr, Stevens is supposedly a “package deal” with the Philly point guard. Typically those packages tend to fall apart later during the recruiting process, but many of the schools after Stevens are the same ones all over Carr. First and foremost, there’s Indiana, which seems to be a favorite for both Stevens and his teammate. Iowa, Penn State, Florida State, Maryland and Xavier are also heavily involved, each program having offered both Stevens and Carr.

Stevens should be trekking to College Park shortly, and perhaps if Turgeon and Co. leave enough of an impression it would entice both he and Carr to give UMD even more consideration. Stevens had naught but praise for Maryland when we spoke to him, so it’s definitely not out of the realm of possibilities.

Also look for Stevens to check out Xavier, Indiana, Iowa, FSU and PSU, among others, once the school year ends. He’s also considering Marquette, Temple, Pitt, Georgia Tech and Villanova.

Kostas Antetokounmpo, SF, Dominican (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.): Antetokounmpo doesn’t have a Terps offer yet, but the staff obviously knows about him having recruited (and landed) his teammate, five-star center Diamond Stone. The brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, Kostas is a raw 6-9 big man with tons of athleticism.

It’s unclear if he has any firm offers at this point, but Maryland, Iowa State, Marquette, St. John’s, Texas, Auburn, Kansas and more are all showing interest.

DeAndre Hunter, SF, Friends’ Central (Wynnewood, Pa.): We had Hunter on our radar a couple months ago, but he dropped off when Turgeon chose not to offer him. Which made sense since Hunter tore his ACL his sophomore year and the jury was out on his viability moving forward.

But Hunter put together two solid outings during the most recent live period, and apparently he’s back in play for a number of programs, including UMD. The Terps may or may not actually offer, but they are keeping tabs on him.

Hunter holds firm offers from NC State, OK State, Temple, St. Joseph’s, Miami and Penn State. He figures to secure even more if he keeps performing during the July live period.

Mario Kegler, SF, Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.): Kegler is wide open in his recruitment, but our sources haven’t indicated Maryland will be a prime landing spot for him. Ohio State, Tennessee, Uconn and Mississippi State are on him, while there are bound to be others moving forward. He is considered a longshot for Terps purposes.

Jonathan Isaac, SF, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.): We actually caught up with the multi-offer Isaac briefly, but he didn’t have much to say about the Terps. The Maryland staff has watched Isaac and have attempted to make inroads, but we don’t project him to wind up in College Park.

The vibe is he’s focusing his attention elsewhere, with Kentucky, FSU, LSU and West Virginia on the mind. The other players are Pitt, Alabama, Florida, Miami, Vandy, Louisville, Texas and Xavier, in addition to UMD.

Power Forwards/Centers

The Terps have offers out to a few nationally-rated big men, but none project to wind up in College Park at this time. If Turgeon isn’t able to land one of these top talents, Maryland may stand pat and elect not to sign a 2016 paint presence.

Dewan Huell, PF, Miami Norland (Fla.): This five-star has pretty much all the bluebloods after him. He hasn’t said much in the way of favorites, but the sense is North Carolina, Louisville, Florida and Kansas have his attention. Notre Dame, FSU, UMD, Miami, LSU and South Carolina are involved as well.

Udoka Azubuike, C, Potter's House Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.): Yet another five-star recruit Turgeon is going after. Azubuike is keeping an open mind and isn’t ruling anything out, but it’s going to be tough sledding for UMD going up against Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and others of that ilk. Aside from that trio, some of Azubuike’s most ardent pursuers include FSU, Georgetown, UF, UMD, Texas and Wake.

More News & Notes

We decided to scratch the following names from our list recently: guard Cassius Winston (Detroit Jesuit/Detroit, Mich.), guard Howard Washington (Montverde Academy/Fla.), guard Jacob Young (Yates/Houston, Texas), forward Tervell Beck (Central Catholic/Cleveland, Ohio), forward Vance Jackson (St. John Bosco/Bellflower, Calif.), guard Frank Jackson (Lone Peak/Highland, Utah) and guard Mustapha Heron (Sacred Heart/West Haven, Conn.).

Many of the above are elite talents who don’t seem to be considering Maryland. Others, such as Washington and Young, don't have Terps offers and don't figure to receive one.

Also, there is some sense the Terps could still try to bring in a transfer or two, who will sit out a year and be eligible to play in 2016. Stay tuned as names begin to emerge.

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