Monday brought good news on three top Maryland basketball prospects. First, Archbishop Spalding (Md.) forward Cam Whitmore, perhaps the staff’s top priority in the 2022 class, scheduled his long-awaited official visit for June 4, InsideMDSports’ Colby Giacubeno reported.
Whitmore is one of the nation’s most explosive players and recently attracted offers from Illinois and others along with interest from UNC. But departing Terps staffer Bino Ranson was his primary recruiter, which makes things interesting. 247Sports analyst Dushawn London wrote in April:
Cam Whitmore was one of the standout performers for Team Melo. Whitmore showed off his quick first step along with his athleticism to finish over the top of defenders. His athleticism and highlight dunks helped carry the team throughout the weekend. Florida, Maryland, and UConn are among some of the schools in pursuit
“Maryland is definitely up there for me,” Whitmore told IMS over the weekend. “It’s definitely a big option for me.”
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Another top 2022 small forward target, DeMatha’s Tyrell Ward, also set up an official visit to Maryland for the weekend of June 4.
“The schools that I want to visit are Xavier, Indiana, LSU and Maryland,” Ward told IMS last week.
Ward, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound junior rated the No. 52 player and No. 13 small forward in the Composite rankings, recently released his top eight list of schools: Maryland, LSU, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Indiana, Xavier, Miami and Georgetown. There’s some thought the Hokies could be the favorite after they hired his former DeMatha coach, Mike Jones. And teh Terps haven’t had any success recruiting at DeMatha in more than a decade. But Maryland hasn’t wavered in its pursuit and the fact he’s set up a visit is encouraging for the Terps.
“I’m not sure if you have heard or not but they’ve been getting stuff about not recruiting guys in the DMV but they really want to get me. They haven’t gotten a DeMatha guy since like 1998 or something and they tell me that they really want to change that with me,” he told 247Sports earlier this month.
And there was a bit of positive news from blue-chipper Jarace Walker. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound five-star from IMG Academy (Fla.) told Tipton Edits that Maryland is one of the schools recruiting him hardest, along with UNC, Florida State, Houston and Auburn. Walker is rated the No. 7 overall prospect and No. 1 power forward in the country and has ties to the area — he plays for Baltimore-based Team Thrill on the AUU circuit. He also was being recruited by Ranson, so Turgeon will have to adjust on the fly.
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“He’s been the coach on staff that’s been contacting me throughout my recruitment with them,” he told IMS in April.