Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon has been handing out shooting guard/wing offers right and left this offseason as he assures the Terps have plenty of options in the 2017 class. The latest verbal went out to junior two-guard Chaundee Brown (First Academy/Orlando, Fla.), a 6-foot-5, 195-pounder, who was thrilled with the UMD look May 18. Brown visited College Park, Md., back in January with his former AAU squad, lauding his initial stay and the Maryland program itself.
“The Maryland offer was a great offer and it’s one of the biggest offers I have,” said Brown, who holds verbals from Wake, UConn, Florida, LSU, Memphis, USC and Georgia as well. “It’s a Big Ten school and that’s a great conference to play in. And when I was up there in January for their game against Ohio State, it was really, really nice. I really liked it up there. It was cold (laughs), but I had a lot of fun. So that’s a school I’m definitely interested in and looking at. Like I said, a huge offer for me.”
Brown said he heard directly from head coach Mark Turgeon, who spoke to the Florida guard after area recruiter Cliff Warren. Both coaches have been in semi-regular contact with Brown for the last 10 months or so.
“What happened was Coach Warren had given me a call and we were talking, and then he told me Coach Turgeon had some news for me,” Brown said. “So he handed Coach Turgeon the phone, and [Turgeon] said he thought he had already offered me before (laughs). But now he was making it official -- he told me I fit what he was looking for in a guard.
“So that was great to hear. I really like both those guys. Coach Warren and I have a great relationship, and we talk every other week or so. And Coach Turgeon, we talk once in awhile too. Both of them came to watch me for session two on the EYBL in April, and it was good to see them there.”
The First Academy product said now that he has the offer he’s considering trekking back to College Park for a second look. However, he said it’ll be up to his parents whether or not they can make the flight/drive anytime soon.
“I’d like to get back, because the last time I was there it was a very welcoming atmosphere. The coaches took me around in golf carts, were really cool to talk to and just showed me a good time,” Brown said. “The basketball game was great too, and I loved watching how the guards played. They have great guards at Maryland, and I feel like I could fit right in with them. The fans in the arena were also really great and were into the game from the jump. So, like I said, a great college basketball atmosphere.
“Also, another big thing is Maryland went pretty far in the NCAA tournament last year, and I definitely want to play for a winner and compete for a championship. I can definitely do that at Maryland.”
Brown isn’t rushing into any decisions, however. He said he’ll take his time, see what offers materialize after AAU season, visit some campuses and then go from there. So far, he’s seen Florida, Maryland and FSU, but won’t have an idea where he’s heading this summer until he knows the full extent of his offer list.
Brown actually switched from Adidas-based South East Elite to Nike-affiliated South Beach before the live sessions began. On the EYBL, he averaged 18 points, five rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
“For my AAU team I play the ‘one’ through the ‘four,’ but in college I’m purely a shooting guard,” said Brown, who has no timeline for selecting a future destination. “With my range, passing, length and athleticism most coaches see me at that ‘two’ guard spot.”