Roundup of the latest Maryland basketball recruiting news including four-star recruit Aaron Wiggins, who committed to the Terps last week, along with four other crucial recruits to watch.
Maryland basketball recruiting is making national headlines once again as Terps basketball has been very busy on the recruiting trail as of late and their hard work has been paying off. The Maryland Terrapins basketball team has already landed four-star recruit Aaron Wiggins and awaiting decisions from other big-name recruits.
Here’s a roundup of the latest Maryland basketball recruiting news as head coach Mark Turgeon continues to bring in top talent.
Four Star Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, North Carolina) Guard Aaron Wiggins commits to Maryland. The commitment came Saturday via Twitter after he took his official visit to Maryland on Saturday, June 2.
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Wiggins has become Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon’s first 2018 commit. According to the 247Sports Composite, Wiggins is the 18th best small forward and the fifth best player in North Carolina. He chose the Terps over Kansas, Florida, California and Arizona to name a few. The Terps are getting a good, talent player. See why below.
McDonough High School (Owings Mills, Md.) guard Noah Locke received an offer from the Terps according to Inside Maryland Sports’ Jeff Ermann. Locke has close to 30 offers to his name including Maryland, Minnesota, Penn State, George Mason, Florida, Notre Dame, St. John’s, Temple and more.
Locke is the 26th best point guard and sixth best player in Maryland as a member of the 2018 class according to the 247Sports Composite. The 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction has Locke going 100 percent to Maryland’s Big Ten opponent, the Purdue Boilermakers but if Mark Turgeon and the Terps can continue to impress Locke, that may change.
Maryland basketball recruiting 2017: 4 players to watch
1. Moses Brown, Archbishop Molloy (Jamaica, New York), 5-star center
Moses Brown is the eighth best player nationally, and the number one center and player in New York according to the 247Sports Composite. The Maryland Terrapins will have to contend with the likes of Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Florida just to name a few.
Maryland will be in need of a big man presence for the future with Damonte Dodd gone from the program due to graduation. If Maryland is able to pick up Brown, that could be huge for their 2018 class.
2. Immanuel Quickley, John Carroll School (Bel Air, Md.), 5-star point guard
Good news Maryland fans. Immanuel Quickley has Maryland in his top four list of schools along with Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland and Miami. So Mark Turgeon is up against these head coaches for his services Bill Self (Kansas), John Calipari (Kentucky) and Jim Larranaga (Miami). That’s a tough group but it’s still a good sign that Maryland is in the mix none the less.
3. Ian Steere, Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, North Carolina), 3-star power forward
Ian Steere was offered by Maryland at the end of May and he’s the teammate of Aaron Wiggins. Wiggins could very well recruit Steere to Maryland but as of right now, he is cool on Maryland according to his 247Sports page.
I have him as someone to watch only because he’s a big man and size is what Maryland is going to need to stack up on their roster moving forward. At Six-foot-nine, 230 pounds. Having him to rebound and be a presence defensively would be huge. He can dunk too. Getting the crowd off of their feet isn’t a problem.
4. Jalen Smith, Mount Saint Joseph (Baltimore, Maryland), 5-star power forward
Smith took an unofficial visit to Maryland Feb. 4 of this year and a month later was named Gatorade Player of the Year.
Maryland made the cut for his final five alongside Syracuse, Villanova, Miami and Virginia back in April and we shouldn’t expect any decision to be made until later this summer but if Maryland can snag Smith, Maryland’s 2018 class could take off and dominoes could fall.
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