The Maryland staff has been adding to its frontcourt of late, and June 1 the Terps hosted a future big-man target. Archbishop Molloy (Jamaica, N.Y.) sophomore 7-footer Moses Brown made his way down to College Park, Md., for an impromptu campus visit.
Brown, who added his Terps’ offer May 17 following a standout performance with New Heights on the Under Armour circuit during the April live sessions, said he’d been eager to check Maryland out for some time now.
“Anyone that wants me as much as Maryland does, and anyone who shows that much interest in me, that’s a school I definitely want to see,” said Brown, who now claims offers from UMD, Florida, Oklahoma, St. John’s, Minnesota and a few others. “Coach Bino [Ranson] at Maryland, he’s been in touch with me since December. He’s just been real hyped about me and just very energetic about me coming down. He always tells me he wants me to be great and thinks I can do great things at Maryland. So when I finally got the Maryland offer, I was just so hyped about it, and I decided I wanted to get down there with my mom to see what it was like.”
While at Maryland, the 7-0, 220-pounder said he spent most of his time with head coach Mark Turgeon, Ranson and strength coach Kyle Tarp. He also said he had a chance to meet athletic director Kevin Anderson, who left quite an impression on both Brown and his mother.
“They’re all really good people and very welcoming. They all spoke very highly of me and made me feel comfortable,” Brown said. “Coach Turgeon, he was talking about how he played at Kansas and how he always wanted to be a coach. Then he was saying how they develop big men there and how he feels I could really do well there. I really liked how he explained how I could be a complete basketball player there and develop all aspects of my game. Like, in high school, they just tell me to go inside and post up. But at Maryland, I can do a lot of different things offensively and defensively. So that’s something I really liked, how versatile the bigs can be at Maryland.”
Brown went on to talk up Tarp and the Terps’ weight room. The New York native admitted he personally needs to build up his body, so he was intrigued by Tarp's strength program.
“Just talking to him, I learned all about how he makes you stronger, transforms your body and works on injury prevention,” Brown said. “So that was big for me to hear that. Also, the weight room itself, it’s all new technology there, which was great to see.”
The 2018 four-star had a chance to tour the campus and take in Xfinity Center too. Brown lauded both, noting the size of College Park and the atmosphere inside the arena.
“It’s an amazing campus, the biggest one I’ve been on,” Brown said. “I loved it there. And [Xfinity Center] is a great place. I saw some highlights of how the atmosphere is, and it’s so hyped. I’d like to see a game there at some point.”
Brown doesn’t have any other visits coming up, but he’ll undoubtedly venture out later during the summer. The only other school he’s seen so far is hometown St. John’s.
“The campus was small, but I like that it’s close to home,” Brown said. “I like what St. John’s has to offer.”
The Archbishop Molloy product also said the recent Oklahoma offer caught his eye, namely because the Sooners are coming off a deep tournament run.
Brown mentioned that some of the programs interested in anteing up would command his attention as well. Coaches from Duke, Nova, Kansas, Michigan, UCLA and more have all established some sort of contact with the 7-footer.
“But right now I’m just looking to keep improving. I’m playing up [with 17U], and it’s been a challenge, but it’s showing that I’ve been working and putting in the time,” said Brown, who is excited to participate in July’s Under Armour All-American camp. “But I still haven’t reached my potential yet. I’m just working on my conditioning, my jump shot, my defense – everything.”