The Terps’ hoops staff is continuing to monitor shooting guard/wing candidates, and Friends’ Central’s (Philadelphia, Pa.) DeAndre Hunter, who plays for the Philly Pride AAU squad, remains firmly on their radar. UMD assistant Cliff Warren saw Hunter in action last summer, one year after the wing returned from an ACL tear, and has remained in contact since then. But now, after scouting the 6-foot-7 Hunter during three live evaluation weekends on the Under Armour circuit this year, the interest has apparently increased.
“Maryland has actually been contacting my coaches about me and they’re really interested,” said Hunter, who holds offers from N.C. State, Oklahoma State, Penn State, La Salle, Temple, Miami, Rhode Island, St. Joseph’s and Hofstra. “Coach Warren just talked to my high school coach [June 2] and was talking about me. My coach was telling me how [the Terps] really like my game and could be thinking about offering. So that would be real big for me; I hope they offer.”
Hunter actually visited College Park, Md., back in October, attending a football game and then meeting with the staff. He said he had a chance to check out the locker rooms, facilities, meet a few players and catch the end of practice.
“The campus was very nice, I liked the location and I thought the locker rooms and the arena were great,” Hunter said. “I got a chance to talk to all the coaches and Coach [Mark] Turgeon, and he was great to talk to. He visited my school last year and came back for a practice [last winter], and he likes my game too. He’s a great coach.”
If UMD does ante up at some point, Hunter said he’d “definitely” place the Terps under consideration. He said they wouldn’t necessarily become favorites, “but they’d definitely be right up there.”
“I just really liked the school when I visited, and just the program overall,” Hunter said. “I think I’d fit in well with what they do there, I think the coaches are great, and I think Coach Warren is a really good guy to talk to. And Maryland is ranked like No. 1 [in the preseason polls]. It’s a program that’s on the rise right now, so I’d definitely consider them if they offered.”
Hunter said he’d like to revisit UMD this summer, but no trip has been scheduled as of yet. For now, he’s focused on seeing the schools that have offered thus far, namely Miami and NC State. Hunter didn’t call the Hurricanes and Wolfpack leaders, but said those are two campuses he’ll surely be checking out.
The Philly product had previously been to Temple and St. Joe’s, in addition to UMD.
“I liked Temple, I liked St. Joe’s and I liked Maryland, but no one really sticks out yet,” Hunter said. “I want to take some more visits first and see what other offers I get. I’ll know more after the last live period [in July] who wants me the most. I don’t know who is going to offer next, but I feel I’m to pick up more [scholarships].”
Hunter mentioned Louisville, UNLV, Xavier, WVU and UMD as programs that could potentially extend offers this summer. He said he’s not really looking for any scholarship in particular, noting how he’ll check out “the schools that want me most.”
The Philly Pride prospect said he’d like to select his school at some point this summer. He wants to end his recruitment early so he can concentrate on his senior year and his overall development.
“I feel like I can score the ball well and I play good defense, but there’s some things I want to get better at like rebounding and running the floor,” Hunter said. “I still have a lot to work on to get ready for the next level.”
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