Reporting Bob Haynie
With the Maryland Terrapins moving to the Big 10 for the 2014-15 basketball season, head coach Mark Turgeon and his staff are off to a good start when it comes to bringing in the talent to compete in their new conference.
It is still very early, but Turgeon’s 2014 class is currently ranked #3 in the country by ESPN.com.
Turgeon has received verbal comnitments from guards Melo Trimble and Dion Wiley. Wiley (#26) and Trimble (#45) are both rated among ESPN’s Top 100 high school players for the class of ’14.
Not only is it key for Turgeon to get these two kids because they can play, but it’s also big that both are from the D.C., Maryland and Virginia recruiting base. It is imperative that Maryland starts keeping some of the elite players close to home.
The class could be growing even more, as according to Keith Cavanaugh of The Terrapin Times, three-star Pa. forward Jared Nickens could be choosing College Park to be his college home shortly.
Maryland has not made the NCAA Tournament since 2010. The 2013-14 squad has some potential, but they are expected to be a bubble team, at least at the beginning of the season.
The good thing is, they are young.
There are plenty of reasons to be excited about the direction of the Maryland men’s basketball program. The addition of top-tier talent is certainly one of them.