There are a number of intriguing talents in the DMV’s 2018 class, including four prospects who already hold Maryland offers in Prentiss Hubb (Gonzaga/Washington, D.C.), Jalen Smith (Mount St. Joe’s/Baltimore, Md.), Kiyon Boyd (Woodson/Washington, D.C.) and Brandon Slater (Paul VI/Fairfax, Va.). Another sophomore name to know isn’t a local per se, but about a year ago he transferred down to St. James in Hagerstown, Md.
“It’s been a good transition so far. I like where I’m at and I like my new school,” said Isaiah Mucius, a 6-foot-8, 180-pound four-star wing from Brooklyn, N.Y. “Right now, I’m still playing on the EYBL with the [New York based] PSA Cardinals, and I’m just looking to keep getting better and developing as a player, no matter where I’m located.”
Mucius claimed two early offers from St. John’s and Wake Forest, and a third materialized after the first live AAU sessions when Penn State pulled through. The St. James product said his father and coaches mainly handle his recruiting right now, but he’s been told schools such as Maryland, Florida, UConn, Syracuse and Villanova are interested.
“A lot of schools have been coming through to see me work out, and a lot of schools are talking to my father and my coaches about me,” Mucius said. “I know Villanova is getting stronger, Florida just recently starting picking things up, UConn is in there, and Maryland is showing more interest too.”
Mucius said he first met Maryland assistant Dustin Clark at a Nike Showcase at DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) back during the winter. The recruit hasn’t heard much from UMD since then, but he said they staff has been in contact with his father.
“That’s a school I’m interested in and open too. It’s the local school for me now and they did some nice things last year, so I’ll definitely look into them,” Mucius said. “I’d like to go over for a visit, get a feel for the program, see what it’s about and just build a relationship with the coaches. They can’t really talk to me yet, but when they’re allowed to contact me [in June], hopefully they’ll be in touch more.”
Mucius actually has never been on a college campus before. Thus, he’s looking to take a number of visits this spring.
“I’m open to visiting anywhere right now. I’ve mainly been just developing my game, but when it’s a little slower with basketball I’ll get out with my father and see some schools,” Mucius said. “I just want to get a feel for the difference between the college and high school game, see some facilities, meet some coaches and just see what college life is like. Like I said, there’s not one school I definitely want to get to; I just want to see as many schools as possible.”
Mucius also mentioned he hasn’t thought much about a program’s location and whether he’d like to return home to New York; play at a school near his new stomping grounds; or try his talents at a locale further away.
“At this young age, I couldn’t even tell you. I’m not sure where I’ll be comfortable at,” Mucius said. “I could fit best in the Northeast, the West, the Midwest, the South or right here [in the mid-Atlantic]. It just depends on how I fit in. I’m just open to all schools anywhere right now.”
The wing said he’s averaging about 10 points, nine rebounds and a couple assists so far on the EYBL. He characterized his play as “OK” so far, but believes he’s done well enough playing a variety of roles and getting his teammates involved.
“I feel like I can play anywhere from the ‘two’ through the ‘four,’” Mucius said. “I feel like I can be a guard or a wing, and, if need be, even play in the paint. So I’m just trying to show that versatility.”