Maryland and head coach Mark Turgeon have hosted a number of highly-rated recruits this August, and the most recent prospect to make his was over to College Park, Md., was Trevon Duval (St. Benedict’s/Newark, N.J.). The 6-foot-3, 175-pound five-star was last at Maryland for a basketball game, but this time he and his father got a more in-depth look at school as a whole.
“Trevon really, really liked Maryland,” said Duval’s father, Trevor Duval. “He didn’t know Maryland was like that in terms of the program they have there. He really liked everything he saw there and was amazed at some of the things there. I think Maryland is a school Trevon will definitely be looking at.”
Duval had not seen Maryland’s campus prior to his Aug. 25 trip, so the pair took the opportunity to walk around and tour the school with area recruiter Bino Ranson. Trevor Duval said his son readily took to Ranson, while he enjoyed seeing the entirety of UMD as well.
“I don’t think Trevon realized the campus was so nice. When he was there before it was just the basketball game, but he really liked walking around and being on campus, “ Trevor Duval said. “And he definitely loved the facilities, the weight room and the Xfinity Center. He loved the Xfinity Center.”
After the tour, the Duvals sat down with Ranson and Turgeon. The headman let the two know how much he values Duval and would love to coach him one day.
"I think Maryland is a school Trevon will definitley be looking at."
“The staff in general is very friendly; Trevon has a great relationship with Coach Bino,” Trevor Duval said. “But Coach Turgeon was saying they’re looking for a point guard to come in and run the show, and he wants Trevon to be his guy. He said the program is really pushing up, and how he thinks it would be a great fit for [Duval]. And I think Trevon really liked what he was telling him. He likes Coach Turgeon and what he’s about.”
Apparently the pair had a chance to meet Kyle Tarp, the strength coach as well. Trevor Duval said his son was “very impressed” by Tarp’s methods.
“The strength coach was very informative, passionate and detailed about his workouts,” Trevor Duval said. “The way he broke it down and talked about building the body and different things, it was very impressive. He has a very detailed plan to get guys ready for college basketball, and Trevon really liked that.”
The Duvals met Maryland’s current point guard, Melo Trimble, before leaving too.
“Melo came over and shook our hands. He doesn’t say a whole lot, but he was very friendly and welcoming,” Trevor Duval said. “He’s a great point guard, and I think Trevon can see how he developed at Maryland and think maybe he could do the same thing.”
Trevor Duval said his son does not have any upcoming visits planned. They were able to check out Nova and UCLA this offseason, however.
“Jay Wright has an amazing program at Villanova, and Trevon really liked it there too,” Trevor Duval said. “And UCLA, that was a nice campus and nice program as well. We’ll probably get to some games in the winter, but we’re not sure which ones yet. I know Trevon is getting back to Maryland for the Georgetown game, more than likely.”
The Terps are going to have plenty of contenders for Duval’s services. Kansas, Louisville, Syracuse, Villanova, UConn, Indiana, Pitt, Texas Tech, Arizona, Cincinnati, Miami, Oregon and more are on him, with Duke, UNC and the bluebloods about to offer as well.
“We’re keeping an open mind about the process,” Trevor Duval said. “No leaders or anything like that yet. [Trevon] is just going to enjoy the process and work on getting better with his game.”