The Maryland hoops team hosted a junior day of sorts Oct. 22, with several of the Terps’ top 2018 targets coming out to College Park, Md. The likes of guards Prentiss Hubb (Gonzaga/Washington, D.C.), Kiyon Boyd (Woodson/Washington, D.C.), Brandon Slater (Paul VI/Fairfax, Va.), forward Aaron Wiggins (Wesleyan Christian/High Point, N.C.), power forward Jalen Smith (Mount St. Joe’s/Baltimore, Md.) and others were in attendance for the day-long event.
Of the above, the combo guard Hubb has been at Maryland more than any other recruit present Oct. 22. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound five-star has held a Terps’ offer for more than a year now and has had keen interest in attending the hometown school for much longer than that.
“It was a real good time, and it was a lot of fun,” Hubb said. “We were going through campus, talking to the coaches and watching a practice. It was good to see how the system runs and how I could fit in there again. I enjoyed it.
“Even though I’ve been up there a bunch, I really hadn’t gone through the whole campus before. It was way bigger than I thought and a lot more to it. So that was different and pretty cool. Then just seeing the guys practice and seeing how guys like Anthony [Cowan] that I know fit in, that’s always good to see.”
Hubb said he and the fellow attendees all spent extensive time with head coach Mark Turgeon and the assistants. The Gonzaga product, in particular, had a chance to reconnect with recruiter Dustin Clark.
“The coaches were all saying how they’d been after me for awhile now and still would love to have me. They said I’m a priority for them,” Hubb said. “They like the idea of keeping the guys from the area around, and they definitely want me to stay home.
“Coach Turgeon, I think he’s a great guy. He’s very honest and stays true to his word. I’ve known him for awhile now and we have a good relationship. And Coach Clark, it’s a good relationship and it’s growing and getting stronger. We’ve been talking more and more and getting to know each other better.”
Previously, Hubb had called the Terps a surefire leader, and he still holds Maryland in high regard. But, as his profile has grown, he does want to check out his other options before ending his recruitment. Notre Dame, UVA, Villanova, Marquette, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Providence, Seton Hall, Baylor, NC State and others have all come through with offers. Meanwhile, he’s receiving interest from a couple bluebloods.
“It’s a little too early to name favorites, but Maryland is pretty high for me still. Staying home would be cool and fun, and it would be cool if my parents and friends could see me play all the time,” Hubb said. “But I haven’t really names favorites or cut my list yet. Besides Maryland, places like UVA, Notre Dame, Villanova, Wake Forest, Marquette, those are some schools that jump out a little.”
Hubb hasn’t taken in any other programs recently, but is trying to get to UVA sometime soon. He’s not sure what other campuses he’ll be able to take in, however, since his main focus is on preparing for his junior season.
“I kind of want to wait a little before I start visits, just so I can see where I stand with schools and see how my season goes,” Hubb said. “Down the road, I’ll start thinking about my different options and what ones I’d like to look into more.”
As far as the upcoming campaign is concerned, Hubb said he’s excited to show how he’s grown since the summer.
“I’ve gotten better with my three-point shooting, my passing, and my basketball IQ. I’m doing a good job getting other guys involved,” Hubb said. “And two things I’m still working on are shooting off the dribble and just getting stronger.”