Emerging SG Orlina Enjoys First UMD Visit

The hoops contact period is back open, and the Maryland staff wasted little time reaching out, and hosting, some of their prime targets. One of those recruits who made his way to College Park, Md., for the first time June 14 was under-the-radar Capitol Christian (Upper Marlboro, Md.) shooting guard Chris Orlina, a class of 2017 prospect.

The hoops contact period is back open, and the Maryland staff wasted little time reaching out, and hosting, some of their prime targets. One of those recruits who made his way to College Park, Md., for the first time June 14 was under-the-radar Capitol Christian (Upper Marlboro, Md.) shooting guard Chris Orlina, a class of 2017 prospect.

The 6-foot-6, 180-pounder holds early offers from Old Dominion and High Point, but has drawn significant interest from high-major programs such as UMD.

“I actually met Coach [Bino] Ranson from Maryland like a month or two ago, but it was the dead period then and he couldn’t really talk to me. But as soon as the dead period was over, he contacted me and had me out for a visit,” said Orlina, who has family in Philadelphia, grew up in Northern Virginia and now lives just outside of Baltimore City. “Coach Bino said he’d been wanting to get me on campus for awhile now, and [June 14] was the first day I was available. So I went up there and had a really good time.”

Orlina said Ranson took him around campus, while he also had a chance to chat with head coach Mark Turgeon for a brief time. The Capitol Christian prospect had the opportunity to work out with the current Terps as well, which he called an “eye opening” experience.

“I toured around with Coach Bino and that was really cool. Coach Bino is a real cool guy, and he’s easy to talk to,” Orlina said. “I really liked the campus and the setting of [College Park]. It was a great atmosphere there. Coach Bino was telling me about the history there, and I learned a lot about how they won a national championship; the great players that came through there like Juan Dixon and Joe Smith; and how Coach Turgeon is building a great program now.

“Then I loved the arena [Xfinity Center]; it’s huge and I heard they pack that place. It’s a great facility and it looks like a great place to play. I have to get back up here for a game or something. “

While he spent the majority of his stay with Ranson, Orlina did speak to Turgeon. The recruit said UMD’s headman likes his game and will be monitoring him during the July live period.

“Coach Turgeon said he’s looking forward to recruiting me and hopes to see me again. He likes my quick first step , my perimeter skills and how I position my body on defense,” Orlina said. “But I have to work on getting stronger; he said that’s the main thing he wants me to work on.”

Orlina said he played pickup ball with the team and had “a lot of fun.” He met practically the entire squad, aside from transfer Rasheed Sulaimon, who was out of town.

“They were a great group of guys, and I liked them all,” Orlina said. “They work hard, they take their basketball very seriously and they hate to lose. [The team] really gets after it, on the court and in the weight room. I was watching them in the weight room, and they were going non-stop, no breaks. And they were really cool to be around, and I know just from their attitude they’re going to be successful.

“They had a big year last year, and it’s going to be even better this year. They got that big-time recruit, Diamond Stone, and he was in there working out too. That guy is the truth; he looks real good. So it’s an exciting program to be around right now.”

As far as a potential offer is concerned, Orlina isn’t quite sure where he stands with the staff as of yet. He said he has to keep performing with Team Melo on the summer AAU circuit, while continuing to progress next year at Capitol Christian.

“If Maryland did offer, it would be my top school, definitely,” Orlina said. “It’s close to home, it’s a great program and it’s a great place to be. I would definitely consider Maryland.”

In addition to UMD, Orlina said he heard from Miami, Temple, Syracuse and Wichita State June 14. He said the Hurricanes and Orange “really want me to visit,” and Orlina plans to trek to both this August.

The emerging shooting guard said he has no dream offers or early favorites. He is primarily focused on bettering his game and earning as many looks as possible this summer.

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