TSR breaks down a trio of local Terp targets
While Oxon Hill boasts 6-foot-4 sophomore sharpshooter Maurice Creek, Wise features a two major college prospects in 6-10 junior Roscoe Davis and freshman phenom point guard Daryl Traynham. None of the three disappointed, as you can see by checking out the highlight videos posted in the Under the Shell forum and in their respective Scout.com profiles.
Let's start with Creek. He didn't have his best shooting game on this night, but his high-major college talent was easily evident as he scored 23 points to keep his team in the game.
Creek, who has visited Maryland several times and in whom the Terps' staff is quite interested, does much of his damage on pull-up jumpers and 3-pointers, but he can also get to the hoop. Oxon Hill doesn't have an experienced point guard or a big man, which has limited his looks this season and forced him to work on parts of his game that he needs to fine-tune.
He'll need to hone his handle and his defense over the next few years, but with his raw talent, that shouldn't be an issue. A friendly kid with an unassuming disposition, he could also stand to get a bit meaner on the court.
Traynham, meanwhile, is simply a prodigy. He's only 5-8, 150 pounds, but he has that rare, innate gift that all great point guards have. He sets defenders up with a variety of quick moves to free himself and then either finds a cutting teammate or strokes a nice-looking jumper.
Traynham (15.6 points per game, seven assists per game) scored 21 on this night and had his way against older, bigger guards. On several occasions he dribble right into the teeth of the defense, only to contort himself and drop the ball off to a teammate, for whom he never needed to look at until dropping off the pass. Regarded for a while now as one of the top players in the nation in his age group, he's having an impact the likes of which no freshman point guard has made in this area since Tywon Lawson arrived four years ago a few miles up the road at Bishop McNamara.
So it's no surprise that Traynham is a big Lawson fan, and thus, a North Carolina fan. But he also grew up rooting for Maryland and remains a Terps fan. He said he will consider playing for family friend Todd Bozeman at Morgan State, but that would seem to be quite a longshot. Considering how Trayham already has the polis of a high-school senior, it's scary to think how good he'll be in a few years. Maryland will be keeping close tabs. Hopefully he'll grow a few more inches.
And then there's Davis, who is a bit of an enigma. He's 6-10, runs very well, can handle the ball and has a ton of potential. But he's also attended several schools and, his coaches say, needs to work on maintaining a consistent level of intensity. He also could require a year of prep school, which is hardly unheard of these days.
He looked excellent against Oxon Hill, though scoring 28 points and authoring a highlight reel of dunks. He's averaging 17 points, nine rebounds and around five blocks this season.
Davis checked out the Terps home game against Clemson and is familiar with the program.
"That's a good school. I would consider going there," Davis said. "Whatever my father thinks is the best school for me, that's where I'll go."
Davis' father, Steve Whitley, will handle his recruitment. Pittsburgh appears to be the frontrunner at this point -- in part because of a relationship that exists with the Panthers staff and Davis' AAU program, D.C. Assault, for whom Traynham also plays. But he's probably a year or so from committing anywhere.
Maryland, Pitt, N.C. State, Memphis, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Syracuse and Georgetown are among the schools checking out Davis.
"I'm pretty sure all of the schools will [offer] him a scholarship," Whitley said. "What me and my wife and Roscoe are going to do is, sit down and review the schools and see which best fits Roscoe's style, playing time and the best academic program that supports him."
As always, TerpSportsReport.com will keep you posted on the aforementioned players, as well as the rest of the recruiting targets on Maryland's radar.
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