Maryland hosted a rising star class of 2017 talent June 11, and shooting guard Myles Cale (Appoquinimink/Middletown, Del.) said he had a great time in College Park, Md. Although Cale (6-4, 190) lives just a few hours away, he’d never been to Maryland before, nor did he know much about the program. The visit afforded him an opportunity to not only learn about the current Terps, but the school and the program’s tradition as well.
“What happened was Coach [Dustin] Clark from Maryland, he contacted my mom and he invited us up for a visit to see the school. They were talking about the history, how they won a national championship there, how they run things now and how the program is looking,” said Cale, who claims offers from Temple, Delaware, La Salle and James Madison . “It was all really nice, and it was a lot of stuff to take in. But I really liked it and it sounds like a great program. They’re going to be ranked pretty high next year and it’s a program on the rise. I hope they offer me.”
Cale said what caught his attention most, though, was Maryland’s offensive system. The Delaware product said he had a meeting with head coach Mark Turgeon that left him impressed.
“I really like how they use a lot of guards, let the guards run the show and get it in their hands,” said Cale, who projects as a pure shooting guard. “I like how they run up and down, push the pace and get into a flow. It’s a great style.”
Cale went on to laud the campus and the D.C. area, saying it’s a “great location” and “a lot to do” in College Park. He enjoyed checking out the Xfinity Center too.
“The campus is awesome; it’s huge,” Cale said. “The people there like worship that turtle they have all around campus, the Testudo thing (laughs). That’s pretty cool too. And the arena they play in is huge and really nice. I definitely have to check out a game there in the winter.”
As far as an offer is concerned, Cale said he could see a Terps verbal coming to fruition during the July live period. He said the UMD staff didn’t get a chance to scout him in Hampton, Va., and Louisville, Kent., back in April, but will be watching his South Jersey Jazz AAU squad in Las Vegas and Atlanta, Ga. next month.
“The coaches said they would love to give me an offer, and they said like my athleticism on tape and heard how good I am from some people they trust,” Cale said. “But while they trust their people, they trust their own eyes more (laughs). I think [the Terps’ coaches] will be watching me in July, so I could get an offer if I keep performing well.”
And what would Cale think if UMD anted up?
“If they offered they’d be my No. 1 choice right now, but I do have to wait things out and see what other options are out there,” Cale said. “But I really liked it there, it’s not far from home and it’s a great program. I’m looking forward to staying in touch with Coach Clark and seeing a game there.”
Besides UMD and the offers from Temple, La Salle, JMU and Delaware, Cale is hearing from Michigan, UVA, Xavier and ODU. He has visited JMU and Temple, and plans to return to the Dukes’ campus this month.
“I liked Temple a lot,” said Cale, who didn’t grow up watching any particular programs and has no dream offers. “It’s cool because it’s in the city, and I liked the coaches too.”
Cale averaged 20.4 points and 6.4 rebounds during the last live period. He counts his 3-point shot, his ability to drive and finish, and his passing as strong points, while he wants to work on defense, quickness and “just my all-around game.”
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