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Terrapins Score With 2014 Recruits

2014 Recruits

Three years ago when Mark Turgeon was hired to be the head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, he pledged to make recruiting local talent a priority.  Turgeon has certainly done that with the 2014 recruiting class, putting together one of the most dominant backcourt combinations in the nation. 

Dion Wiley, a 6’4” shooting guard from Potomac High School recalls Turgeon attending his high school games the past few years.  Since then, Wiley has known he wanted to play at Maryland despite strongly considering Florida, Miami and Indiana. 

Wiley, ranked 26th in the nation by ESPN, is a big recruit for Turgeon and the Terrapins.  His scoring ability will make him a key player for the Terps right away.  Wiley is a consistent outside shooter with deep range, but has expanded his game and has the ability to put the ball on the floor and create for himself and his teammates. 

Wiley averaged 17.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game in his junior season at Potomac, earning him the reputation as one of the top prospects in Maryland.  Landing Wiley will give Turgeon and his staff another pipeline for local recruits in the near future. 

Wiley certainly showed off his shooting ability at the Peach Jam in Augusta, SC this summer, sinking 18 out of 35 threes.

Last season, Maryland was inconsistent from three and as a team, shot 33%, making them the 9th ranked three point shooting team in the ACC.  Wiley will be a go-to perimeter shooter for the Terps, which will spread the defense and open things up on the inside. 

Turgeon landed another local recruit that will be a dominant perimeter player for the Terrapins.  Romelo Trimble, Virginia’s top ranked prospect and ranked 45th by ESPN, committed to Maryland back in December. 

The 6’2” shooting guard is looking to fill another inconsistent area for the Terps: the point guard position.  Turgeon has asked Trimble to transform his game from a pure shooter to a well-rounded point guard that can become the floor general for them.

Trimble had no problem with this request and has said that he doesn’t want to be just a shooter.  Upon entering his freshman season, Trimble wants to be the full package player that has the ability to facilitate, use ball screens and attack off the dribble.   

Trimble has a scoring mentality, averaging 20.8 points in his junior season at O’Connell.  This summer, he has continued to show this averaging 21.3 points per game with the D.C. Assault at the Under Armour Summer Jam. 

He also displayed his leadership by making big shots during crunch time, helping his team clinch the first place title at the tournament. 

Turgeon’s third recruit for the 2014 class gives the Terps a third perimeter threat.  Jared Nickens, an ESPN four star recruit from Monmouth Junction, New Jersey committed in June after visiting campus.

Nickens is a 6’6” spot up shooter with a quick release and the ability to consistently knock down shots from deep.  Like Wiley and Trimble, he has focused on expanding his game.  Nickens has added the ability to create off the dribble and use screens to get open looks. 

Nickens had offers from Oregon State, Wake Forest and Dayton but felt that Maryland was the place for him.  He was relieved to commit and play the remainder of the AAU season without any pressure. 

With one recruiting spot left for the class, Turgeon has turned his attention to landing a solid post presence. 

Turgeon has shown interest in Chinanu Onuaku, a 6’10” post from Upper Marlboro, Maryland.  Onuaku is a great rebounder and shot blocker that has the strength to finish down low. 

Another post that has drawn interest from the Terps is Trayvon Reed, a 7’1” center from Shiloh High School in Georgia.  Reed is ranked 84th by ESPN and has the ability to run the floor and finish with contact.

So far, this recruiting class is a dominant one and the addition of a great center would arguably make it one of the best recruiting classes in the country.  As Maryland heads into the Big Ten, the 2014 class will give them the tools they need to be successful. 

With the recruiting emphasis on offensive dominance, it is clear Turgeon wants to give everyone a reason to “Fear the Terps” in the upcoming season.