One of Maryland’s foremost class of 2017 wing offerees was back in College Park, Md., yet again Aug. 17. Myles Douglas (Paul VI/Fairfax, Va.) made the short drive over to UMD for another chat with the Terps’ staff and a more thorough look-see at the school itself.
The consensus afterwards? The 6-foot-6, 190-pound four-star recruit is as high on the hometown school as ever.
“Maryland is just a great school and I love it every time I go up there,” said Douglas, a Baltimore native who recently transferred from Friends School (Baltimore, Md.). “They’re becoming a powerhouse and a lot of big time recruits are coming in. I’m still going through the process, but as far as Maryland, they’re definitely one of the top schools on my list. I just want to check out some other options, but I love Maryland, the staff, and how the staff wants me and love me. So when the time is right, probably after the season in like April, I could be committing around them. I like the Terps a lot.”
Indeed, Maryland has long been considered the frontrunner for Douglas’ services, despite the uptick in his recruitment. Provided Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon and assistant Bino Ranson continue to pursue in earnest, the Terps could very well secure Douglas’ services down the line.
The wing’s latest foray through College Park only helped solidify his feelings.
“There wasn’t too much different about this [visit] then in the past, but it was still good,” Douglas said. "I had a conversation with Coach Turgeon, Coach [Dustin] Clark, Coach Bino and Coach [Cliff] Warren. Coach Turgeon was saying how he sees me playing the ‘3’ in their system, and he said he really wants me to be one of the early commits for 2017. He really thinks I fit into their style of play, and he really wants to coach me.
“And the rest of the staff is the same way – they’re all great guys and they want me there. Me and Coach Bino talk twice or three times a week. We talk about how I’m doing, what I’m doing to get better and how he wants me to be a Terp.”
While his conversations with the coaches highlighted the brief trip, Douglas enjoyed touring the new player dorms as well.
“I’ve never seen those before, but they look really nice. They’re awesome,” Douglas said. “But Maryland is a great campus and I’m very comfortable there.”
As aforementioned, Douglas does want to check out a few other schools before ending his recruitment. He’s unsure what visits he’ll be taking during the school year, but would like to see Villanova (interest, but no offer yet) and Xavier in September. Douglas was most recently at Virginia Tech, and said Blacksburg, Va., was “really cool” and caught his eye.
The Baltimore product isn’t positive what schools, other than Nova, that might be offering next, but admitted he’s content with verbals from Maryland, Miami, Va Tech, Georgia Tech, Temple, West Virginia and Xavier.
“I haven’t really thought of too many other schools besides Maryland. I know I’m getting back [to Maryland] for the Georgetown game and a handful of others once I look at the schedule,” Douglas said. “I did like Virginia Tech when I was down there, and I want to see Villanova and Xavier too. So I’m just going through the process and checking out some options.”
While Douglas felt he performed well with Team Takeover during the evaluations periods this summer, he believes he still has much to prove. He said he has high expectations for himself during his first year with Paul VI.
“Basically I just want to show I can dominate this year, no matter where I’m playing,” Douglas said. “I want to show I’m one of the best players in the 2017 class.”
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