The annual Under Armour NBA Top 100 camp commences June 14 at the University of Virginia, and the loaded roster was just released to media members. Once again, the nationally-touted five-day even will feature many recruits, both upperclassmen and underclassmen, firmly on the Maryland staff’s radar.
College coaches are not allowed to attend the Charlottesville, Va., camp, but Scout.com will have full coverage.
Here are some of the prospects for Terps’ fans to gauge this week:
Class Of 2017 Targets
David Beatty, SG, St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.): The four-star combo guard Beatty added a Maryland offer in mid-May after trekking through College Park, Md. Following the verbal, he expressed significant interest in the program given its staff, system, campus vibe, facilities and more. Beatty, who stands 6-feet-3, 175-pounds and suits up for Philly Pride on the AAU circuit, also has a close rapport with UMD recruiter Bino Ranson and head coach Mark Turgeon. It’s unclear, however, if Beatty is an immediate “take” for Turgeon and Co., however, with five-star M.J. Walker (Jonesboro, Ga.) still on the board. Beatty is also high on UVA and a few others.
Brandon Randolph, SG, Westtown (Pa.): Randolph earned an offer from Maryland in April, but the Terps may have been a little late to the game. The four-star, who plays for Nike’s PSA Cardinals, hasn’t expressed much interest in UMD, nor have we sensed a major push on the staff’s part. Arizona, Syracuse, Nova, Indiana, Kansas and more are all involved with Randolph.
Nicolas Claxton, Wing, Legacy Charter (Greenville, S.C.): Claxton said UMD recruiter Dustin Clark has maintained communication with him, but the Team South Carolina (Adidas) prospect probably isn’t priority No. 1 for the staff. If Clark and Co. do push, however, Claxton does have interest in UMD. He visited College Park and loved the atmosphere surrounding the program, the Xfinity Center, the team’s style of play and the coaches themselves. But, at the same time, we sensed Claxton was more intrigued by some of his more ardent pursuers like Georgia (father’s alma mater), FSU, NC State and South Carolina.
Nate Watson, PF, O’Connell (Arlington, Va.): The 6-9, 250-pound DMV product Watson (DC Premier) has had the Terps trending for quite some time. Even as his offer list has expanded, he’s kept Maryland at the forefront of his mind. He’s been on campus three times in the last couple months and feels comfortable in College Park and around the players and coaches. He knows he’s UMD’s main big-man target too, which Watson appreciates. Watson does want to take a few more visits to places like NC State, Wake Forest and maybe Marquette, but he’s probably UMD’s to lose at this stage.
Bourama Sidibe, PF, St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.): Sidibe landed a Maryland offer in May and is someone we’re keeping a close eye on in case Mark Turgeon and Co. can’t reel in Nate Watson. The 6-10, 225-pounder, who suits up for UA-based We-R-1, has already said UMD is a program on his radar. He’s been through College Park before, attended games in Xfinity Center and is building a relationship with the staff. But Sidibe showed out on the AAU circuit, seeing his stock rise exponentially. Thus, he’s taking a deliberate approach and will explore a multitude of programs. Some of the schools after the big man include Arizona State, WVU, Memphis, Seton Hall, Kansas State,
Raiquan Gray, PF, Dillard (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.): The three-star Gray (Florida Vipers) doesn’t hold a Maryland offer, but UMD assistant Cliff Warren has kept tabs on him. If the situation with Nate Watson somehow goes south, perhaps the Terps will make a move for the 6-8, 235-pound Gray, who has said in the past he coveted a UMD look. Currently, Gray holds offers from schools like Auburn, Cincinnati, Clemson, FSU, Illinois, Rutgers, Va Tech, Tennessee and WVU.
Malik Williams, C, R. Nelson Snyder (Fort Wayne, Ind.): The Terps have had an offer out to Williams (Legit Basketball) for several months, but the sense is the 6-11, 220-pounder’s going to be a tough pull out of the Midwest. Michigan State may hold the edge, with Louisville (he visited this June), Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and more all over him.
Ikey Obiagu, C, Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy (Decatur, Ga.): The five-star Obiagu (Georgia Stars) has a Maryland offer and even visited College Park. But he hasn’t said a whole lot about the Terps since then. Not too much is known about his recruitment, but the feeling is Obiagu may end up at Baylor or maybe a blueblood if they push. Arizona, Louisville, UConn and hometown UGA are on the center too.
Class Of 2018 Targets
Jairus Hamilton, SF, Cannon (Concord, N.C.): Maryland’s Cliff Warren jumped on Hamilton (Team Loaded) early, and the four-star has already visited College Park. He’s shown interest in the Terps and called them a program he’d “definitely” be monitoring moving forward. But the vibe is the Tobacco Road schools are going to pursue Hamilton eventually, and, if so, the Carolina native admitted he’d love to play for UNC.
Zion Williamson, SF, Spartanburg (S.C.): The five-star Williamson (Game Elite) pulled a Maryland offer May 10 after assistant Nima Omidvar saw him at an AAU session. Williamson, who is being recruited by Dustin Clark, promptly said he’d be looking at the Terps since UMD combines a top-level hoops program with standout academics. But Williamson has an array of offers to consider and is open to every suitor. Virginia may be ringing true early, while UGA; Ga Tech; UF; South Carolina; UConn; Tennessee; UCLA; and South Carolina have come through as well.