Arnaud Adala Moto had a busy schedule Friday.
The rising senior at Episcopal started the day with a few hundred of the region’s top athletes at The Washington Post’s All-Met luncheon in Northwest Washington.
Then the 6-foot-6 forward and Coach Jim Fitzpatrick headed up the road to College Park for an unofficial visit to Maryland. After Montrose Christian’s Justin Anderson changed his commitment from Maryland to Virginia, Adala Moto is considered a top candidate to land with Coach Mark Turgeon and the Terrapins.
“We met the guys, had a little tour, walked around and checked things out,” Fitzpatrick said. “It was nothing serious, but a good unofficial visit for Arnaud to check things out a little bit.
“They seemed like very nice guys. I’d never had a lot of interaction with [assistant coach] Dalonte [Hill]. Turgeon seemed like a really nice guy too, as good as you can get to know a guy in an hour. I have no doubt they are going to keep the program going in the right direction. They have a good idea of who they want.
“Arnaud liked it. He enjoyed his time on campus. For us, we’re in a very early stage, going on a bunch of visits and seeing schools.”
“The visit was a good introductory visit, not only for us but also for Turgeon and his staff.
Adala Moto previously took an unofficial visit to UCLA while in Los Angeles for a travel-team tournament two weeks ago.
Fitzpatrick said he has plans to also take unofficial visits to Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and North Carolina State. “All those schools have offered, so it’s worth taking the time to look.”