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Hardwood Notes: First Live Eval Period

The first AAU evaluation weekend is in the books, and Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon and his assistants were in Hampton, Va., (Nike EYBL), New York City (Under Armour) and Dallas, Texas, (Adidas) to gauge their top targets. Here’s what we learned following the first live session, which continues April 28-30 in Indianapolis, Ind., (Under Armour/Nike) and Cartersville, Ga., (Adidas).

The first AAU evaluation weekend is in the books, and Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon and his assistants were in Hampton, Va., (Nike EYBL), New York City (Under Armour) and Dallas, Texas, (Adidas) to gauge their top targets. Here’s what we learned following the first live session, which continues April 28-30 in Indianapolis, Ind., (Under Armour/Nike) and Cartersville, Ga., (Adidas).

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-- Point guard Prentiss Hubb (Gonzaga/Washington, D.C.) shot just 29 percent from the field and 14 percent from 3, while averaging three assists, for DC Premier. This is still viewed as a Maryland-Villanova battle for the five-star, with Syracuse; UVA; and maybe Notre Dame lurking. Despite his subpar performance, Hubb will likely remain a top priority for Turgeon and assistant Dustin Clark, both of whom will continue pushing. Hubb was back in College Park recently and his interest level in the hometown school has been consistent. He'll likely make a college decision within the next couple months.

-- Point guard Eric Ayala (Putnam Science/Putnam, Conn.) averaged 11.5 points on 50 percent from the field (0-of-2 from range), a couple assists and seven rebounds. Ayala continues to look hard at Syracuse, but he has a growing list of options that now includes Miami, Providence, Oregon, Indiana, UConn and Creighton. Maryland, of course, is in the thick of things too, especially after Ayala visited College Park. But we get the sense the Terps may be fading just a bit.

-- Point guard Devon Dotson (Providence Day/Charlotte, N.C.) went off for 19 points on 51 percent from the field and 33 percent from deep. He recorded five assists per, more than four assists per and over five rebounds per. The Terps’ staff watched Dotson closely and is making a push. Dotson hasn’t visited College Park yet, but he’s intrigued and told Scout he had the program under prime consideration. Kansas, Arizona and Florida are heavily involved as well, with Dotson’s eye on the Jayhawks (despite what he says publically).

-- Point guard Jahvon Quinerly (Hudson Catholic/Jersey City, N.J.) recorded 16 points per, 6.5 assists per, 3.3 rebounds per and more than a steal per game. More impressively, he shot 58 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc. Quinerly told Scout the Terps were among the schools in contact the most, thus we included him on the hot board. But Quinerly has an entire host of suitors he’s looking at, with more to come. Villanova, UVA, Stanford, Arizona, Notre Dame, Kansas and Cal are all in mind. The Cardinal, Wahoos and Nova Wildcats have been mentioned prominently with Quinerly.

-- Wing Aaron Wiggins (Wesleyan Christian/High Point, N.C.) saw his stock rise by canning 53 percent of his shots; 50 percent of his triples; and pulling down 4.5 rebounds. Wiggins told Scout Maryland, Wake Forest and UVA were on him hard, with the Terps possibly trending. However, he’s keeping an open mind and isn’t ready to publically declare leaders until his offer list is fully realized and he ventures out more. Wiggins has been in College Park twice, though, and has a terrific rapport with the staff. If the Maryland coaches can pull Wiggins, it wouldn’t necessarily preclude them from signing wing-guard Brandon Slater, presuming the Terps will go with a five-man class.

-- Wing Sid Wilson (Brewster/Wolfeboro, N.H.) went off for almost 20 points per on 50 percent from the field and 33 percent from deep. He averaged 7.3 rebounds and a couple steals too. Wilson doesn’t have a Maryland offer yet, but the coaches continue to monitor him closely. He’s expressed interest in the school in the past too. Syracuse, Florida and Texas are the current suitors Wilson is looking at, although he’s open to anything at the moment.

-- Power forward Silvio DeSousa (IMG Academy/Bradenton, Fla.) racked up 21 points per on 78 percent shooting. He grabbed six boards per and averaged a block too. The Terps are going hard after DeSousa, and Turgeon and multiple assistants watched him in New York City. Maryland is thought to be a prime contender due to that pursuit and the presence of former teammate and countryman Bruno Fernando in College Park. Louisville, Florida, FSU, Syracuse and Georgia are also in the game. Kentucky, meanwhile, is sniffing around.

-- Center Moses Brown (Archbishop Molloy/Jamaica, N.Y.) averaged 16 points (68 percent shooting), 11 boards and 2.5 blocks. He’s Maryland’s No. 1 big man target and always speaks highly of the program. Brown has been in College Park and is considering a return. But Duke and Kentucky have his eye, as does Louisville.


-- Wing-guard Keldon Johnson (Huntington Prep/Huntington, W.Va.) went off for 25 points per game (55 percent shooting) and 9.2 rebounds per in Hampton. He was just 1-of-6 from range, however. Johnson is a new addition to the hot board as the Maryland staff just offered him April 22. The 6-4 guard is familiar with the UMD program and knows UMD assistant Kevin Broadus well. Broadus was instrumental in drawing Keldon Johnson’s brother Kaleb Johnson to Georgetown. Keldon Johnson has numerous schools to consider, and Texas is considered a prime landing spot (along with Oregon), but the Terps are a team to watch here. Obviously, signing Johnson would preclude UMD from pursuing Brandon Slater.

-- Wing-guard Brandon Slater (Paul VI/Fairfax, Va.) averaged nine points on 36 percent shooting and 30 percent from distance. He recorded 2.5 rebounds and one assist per. Slater has the Terps trending alongside Villanova, while UVA; Miami; and South Carolina are some other schools he’s thinking about. The 6-6 Slater has a great relationship with Mark Turgeon and Dustin Clark, and  currently seems to have UMD atop his leaderboard after his recent April trek through College Park.

-- Wing Louis King (Hudson Catholic/Jersey City, N.J.) scored 16 points per on 46 percent shooting (40 percent from range), while averaging seven rebounds and two assists. King is in close contact with Bino Ranson, who was recently in to see the 6-8 four-star. The Jersey recruit offered up his share of props to the Terps in a recent interview as well. He’s also honing in on St. John’s, Louisville, Syracuse, NC State, Oregon, Miami and Seton Hall. Kentucky is monitoring him and is an offer King covets. King is someone to monitor moving forward, although we’re still not projecting him to wind up in College Park.

-- Wing Jairus Hamilton (Cannon/Concord, N.C.) played just one game and scored six points on 21 percent shooting (0-of-5 from 3), while grabbing only two boards. The Terps, who have assistant Cliff Warren on Hamilton, are under consideration due to Hamilton’s family connections in the DMV. Others he's looking at include North Carolina, Arizona, Kansas, Louisville, Cal, Miami, NC State, Stanford, South Carolina and more. UNC is thought to have a bead, but will they keep pushing?

-- Wing Khalid Moore (Molloy/Jamaica, N.Y.) scored 13.5 points on 47 percent shooting and 75 percent from range (3-of-4). He grabbed 3.5 rebounds per too. Moore still lacks a Maryland offer, but Bino Ranson remains in contact and continues to watch him. In turn, Moore has listed UMD as a program he’d like to check out and earn an offer from. Louisville, Rutgers, Miami, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Syracuse and UVA are some programs who have anted up.

-- Forward Jaylen Hoard (Wesleyan Christian/High Point, N.C.) averaged just eight points on 48 percent from the field (0-for-4 from distance); he grabbed six rebounds per and didn’t record a block. Hoard has visited Maryland twice and reportedly likes the program a good deal. But he’s also looking at Wake Forest and recent offer NC State. South Carolina and Baylor have made a push after watching him play in Hampton. Hoard is keeping an open mind and has no favorites at this time.

-- Power forward Jalen Smith (Mount St. Joseph/Baltimore, Md.) scored 10 points per on 69 percent from the field (he attempted just two 3s), to go along with six rebounds a game. His recruiting situation remains fairly status quo. Smith is looking hard at Maryland and Villanova, who are thought to be the top two contenders, while Syracuse; Miami; and UVA are involved.

-- Center Bryce Golden (St. James, Md.) averaged 8.5 points on 43 percent shooting. He grabbed seven rebounds per and recorded a block per too. Golden just picked up a Maryland offer with Mark Turgeon and Cliff Warren looking on. He had high compliments for the hometown school and said it was now under prime consideration. He has a solid rapport with Warren and Co., likes the direction the program is moving and likes that College Park is just 45 minutes from home. But Golden is taking his time and will evaluate all his options. Penn State, Pitt, Temple, Clemson and GW have offers out, and more are sure to come.


-- Point guard Immanuel Quickley (John Carroll/Bel Air, Md.) averaged 16.5 points, three assists and almost five rebounds per game, while shooting almost 50 percent from deep. He has Maryland firmly in play, and head coach Mark Turgeon, who recently visited and hosted Quickley, has the five-star thinking more and more about the Terps. But the bluebloods Duke, Kentucky and Kansas loom large. Virginia, Providence and Miami are in play too, though likely behind some of Quickley’s other contenders.

-- Wing-guard Kiyon Boyd (Woodson/Washington, D.C.) averaged 7.5 points on 44 percent shooting, while picking up 5 rebounds per. The Terps aren’t thought to be pushing here, but we’ll keep Boyd on the hot board just in case interest is renewed in the local (he has some connection to new UMD assistant Kevin Broadus). Va Tech or Georgetown could be landing spots, or Boyd could re-class to 2019.

-- Center David McCormack (Oak Hill/Mouth of Wilson, Va.) scored a dozen points per, shot 77 percent from the field, and nabbed six rebounds per. McCormack is still being pursued heavily by the Terps (Dustin Clark has been in close contact and watched him in Dallas), and the interest remains reciprocal. McCormack has visited College Park and should be back at some point. But he’s fairly open to a number of suitors and has Georgetown, Texas, TAMU, Xavier, Va Tech, Kansas and Louisville on the brain. Plus, McCormack’s play in Dallas just attracted offers from LSU, UVA, Oklahoma State and Duke, the latter of which immediately grabbed his attention. Georgetown, which McCormack has visited a couple times, is of interest too with new coach Patrick Ewing at the helm.

Note: Wing Hameir Wright (Albany Academy, N.Y.) and wing Nassir Little (Orlando Christian, Fla.) were recently removed from the hot board. Wright has a Maryland offer, but his interest is elsewhere. Little generated UMD buzz and Cliff Warren is in contact, but he lacks an offer and doesn’t figure to receive one.

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