Coach puts good word in for Terps

The Terps have an inside connection to 2011 prospect Rod Days, his coach Adam Ross. Coach Ross is a Maryland alum and says that Days is a "Gary Williams type of player".

Junior Terps prospect Rod Days is slowly becoming a familiar name around College Park. Days is a four star Small Forward from Sagemont Upper School in Weston, Florida. Recently TSR was able to catch up with his head coach, and former Maryland alum, Adam Ross.

Coach Ross admitted that Days has been on the radar of many college coaches for a while, but that maybe because he has been on the varsity team since his freshman year.

He certainly has been on Maryland's radar, as they have extended an offer to this tremendous talent. Coach Ross was kind enough to shed some light on Maryland's recruiting of Days. “Coach Driesell is the point man of the recruiting, but the whole staff likes him. They like his upside because he is a world-class athlete. He is 6'6 with a long wingspan. He creates a lot of mismatches for people. He shoots the ball, rebounds, rarely out of position. He will continue to develop as he gets stronger and his upper body gets bigger. With him getting stronger his potential is exciting for college coaches. A great kid, who does really well in school and definitely fits into the ACC and is a Gary Williams type of player.”

Days made his first round of unofficial visits last spring to UConn, South Carolina, and Louisville, but plans on taking another round of visits this spring and summer. Coach Ross said Maryland is definitely on the list of schools Days will visit with his family.

With Coach Ross being alum, he has passed on to Days the importance of Maryland basketball. “I speak to him all the time about Maryland as a university and what basketball means on that campus. While basketball is popular at places, the atmosphere and the importance of the team there is unique to most schools. Coach Williams is a future Hall-of-Fame basketball coach, and any time you have a school that is as academically strong as Maryland, with a strong basketball tradition and is led by a future Hall-of-Famer, you have to take them serious in recruitment. Whether I am a Maryland alum or not, Maryland sells itself, and I don't need to sell Maryland to him. I can speak on a more educated level since I did go to Maryland though. “

Coach Ross and Days appear to have a very close relationship. Coach Ross accompanied Days on his first round of visits and even more recently they watch the Terps battle the Duke Blue Devils on March 3rd. “I was cheering hard as a fan and he was laughing at me, but I think he got a good grasp of what Maryland basketball is about. He asked a lot of question about what the program was like when I was there. He is interested in the history of the program and asked all the right questions about the program.”

Days is mostly receiving interested from schools such as Wake Forest, Boston College, Florida State, Michigan, as well as Maryland. According to Coach Ross he has not named a top school, but those are the school recruiting him aggressively.


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