The Maryland hoops staff is back on the recruiting trail, and after watching local 2017 guard Darryl Morsell (Mount St. Joseph/Baltimore, Md.) in action at the Elev8 tournament in Philadelphia, Pa., July 9, head coach Mark Turgeon extended an offer. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder now has about eight offers in tow, but he admitted the hometown look caught his eye.
“I wouldn’t say I have any favorites right now, but Maryland was the most shocking offer for me,” said Morsell, who also claims verbals from Pitt, Va Tech, USC, Temple, George Mason, Dayton and a couple others. “It is the hometown school, they’re in the Big Ten and they were real high last year and ranked like second at one point. It’s a real nice program at Maryland, for sure. I’m just blessed and excited to have the offer, and all the offers I’ve earned.”
Morsell said he’s actually known UMD-area recruiter Bino Ranson for more than a year now, though the two have been in more frequent contact of late. The Mount St. Joe’s product attended the Terps’ team camp back in June and performed well enough that he entered onto Ranson’s radar.
Then, after Ranson and Turgeon watched Morsell at the Philly tournament with Team Melo, the offer came to fruition.
“It was just really exciting to get that call from Maryland, the hometown school and the school I grew up watching,” Morsell said. “Coach Turgeon said he likes the way I play and that I have a lot of versatility. But he mainly likes how I make winning plays and am a winning player. He said I remind him of Dez Wells, and that was a good compliment. So that was nice; I was appreciative of it.
“And Coach Bino is always on me now. I’ve known him for awhile and he always tells me to get in the gym, and he’s always picking at things and trying to help me get better. I like that about him. He’s a real good coach.”
Morsell, naturally, has been in College Park, Md., on several occasions. He’s attended games, camps and other events the last few years.
“I’ve been up there a lot. I go to their Midnight Madness every year and I was just there for the camp,” Morsell said. “I like the campus a whole lot. It’s real nice. And the Xfinity Center, it’s a big stage and it’s a great place to play. All the facilities are top notch, including the weight room. Everything is so nice up there.”
The Baltimore native said he’d be returning to Maryland in early August for a more in-depth look at the program. He said his practice and game schedule with Team Melo would likely preclude him from venturing out during July.
Previously, though, Morsell was able to see Temple, La Salle, George Mason and Dayton, in addition to UMD. He doesn’t have any other trips in mind, but says he’ll likely begin considering which programs he wants to officially visit next month.
“I’d like to have a list of five schools and take officials to all five, and then make my decision from there,” Morsell said. “Maybe it’ll only be three officials if I see enough and am comfortable after that, but I’d like to find five and possibly take all of [the visits]. We’ll see what happens though.”
Morsell secured several mid-major offers after his junior year, but he began landing high-majors following the April live period. USC and Temple were first to enter the fray, and then Maryland, Pitt and Va Tech followed suit in July. He is considered an athletic slasher and a tenacious defender, while also possessing a solid jump shot.
“I’m versatile, and I’m a big guard at 6-4, 6-5, 200 pounds,” Morsell said. “I can play both guard positions, and I can post up smaller guys too. I finish well, I get to the rim well and I’m athletic on both ends. And I just like making my teammates better by driving, kicking and finding the open man. Mainly, I need to work on my ball-handling and my strength to be ready for college.”