The Terps just signed Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) forward and Canadian native Justin Jackson, and now they’re after his 2017 teammate. Three-star wing Oshae Brissett, who is also from Canada, pulled a UMD verbal courtesy of area recruiter Bino Ranson July 10, a day after the Terps’ assistant watched the 6-foot-6, 190-pounder in action at the Peach Jam for the Las Vegas Prospects (Nike).
“My parents have actually been talking to Coach Bino for awhile, so that connection was already pretty close. Then he’s reached out to me a couple times and was saying how he’d been watching me play,” said Brissett, who now holds offers from UMD, St. John’s, Utah, Cal, Texas Tech, UNLV, Texas, San Diego State, USC, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Memphis and Oregon. “But after Coach Bino saw me at Peach Jam, he decided to offer me. He likes my versatility and athleticism and how I can do multiple things on both ends of the floor. I was very excited to get that offer and I was honored to get that call.”
Of course, Brissett already knew a thing or two about the Terps from his conversations with Jackson. The two are good friends, and Brissett said he’s heard “nothing but good things” about Maryland from the 2016 four-star.
“I talk to Justin all the time, and he’s only been at Maryland a couple weeks but he already loves it,” said Brissett, who was also on Jackson’s Canada Elite AAU team before moving to the Las Vegas Prospects earlier this year. “He said it’s an amazing campus and a great experience out there. He loves the coaches and everything about Maryland. He told me I should visit and strongly consider them.”
Beyond what Jackson’s imparted, however, Brissett doesn’t know much about the Terps’ inner-workings. Nor has he spoken to head coach Mark Turgeon yet to talk more about the program.
“I definitely have to do my research, which I plan to do. You hear nothing but great things about that school and the program, so I’m definitely going to look more into them,” Brissett said. “I’m not sure about the visit yet or not, though. I still have to see how things play out.”
Speaking of visits, the only school Brissett’s seen so far is USC, which he took an official to in February.
“I just liked the coaches and how genuine they were at USC,” Brissett said. “I got along with them and my mom really liked it out there too. USC is a good program.”
The Findlay Prep product isn’t positive on what schools he’ll be taking in next. He said he should be forming some sort of list later in August before venturing out during the fall.
“I’d say Oregon, USC, Memphis and Cal are in touch the most right now,” said Brissett, who believes Syracuse and DePaul could be anteing up next. “But a lot can change. I don’t really have any favorites right now. I have to take some more visits and see which programs come after me.”
If all goes according to plan, Brissett would like to have his college selected by the winter. He intends to embark on his four remaining officials before deciding on a school.
“I’ve been working diligently with my coaches, and now I’m showcasing what I can do and it’s worked out for me,” Brissett said. “I’ve been playing well and have definitely caught some eyes and gotten some calls from new coaches.
“I score pretty well in the paint; I can finish with my athleticism and length. And I guard well too. I still need to work on getting a more consistent jumper and also stronger ball-handling.”