Terps Coach Mark Turgeon and staff watch top targets go head-to-head

Mark Turgeon, Dalonte Hill and Bino Ranson were among the standing-room-only crowd Wednesday night to watch several of the Terps’ top targets as D.C. Assault with rising junior guard Nate Britt took on the Houston Defenders with rising senior center Shaquille Cleare, rising senior guard Christian Sanders and rising junior guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison.


Nate Britt had a strong performance at the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp last month and is drawing big crowds of college coaches. (Doug Kapustin/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

The top matchup, though, was between Britt and Andrew Harrison, with the two getting in each other’s faces midway through the second half as Assault rallied from a 17-point deficit and things heated up. Britt drove to the basket, hung in the air and banked in a nifty right-handed shot to bring Assault within 47-46. Then the normally soft-spoken All-Met from Gonzaga got nose-to-nose with Harrison and had a few words.

That earned Britt a quick technical foul, but before the official could start toward the scorer’s table, Harrison went right at Britt and got hit with his own technical. The rest of the game was quite chippy.

In the end, Britt — perhaps tired in his second game of the day after an overnight bus trip — struggled a bit against the 6-foot-6 Harrison’s size, and finished with 10 points, Harrison had 19 and Houston squeaked out a 65-64 victory.

The Harrison twins will be a package deal in college, with Maryland and Georgetown in the mix along with Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Baylor and Texas A&M, according to Andrew, while Aaron also listed Arizona and UCLA. The two have visited Maryland and Georgetown, but no commitment is imminent.

“I’m just enjoying traveling and seeing different schools,” Aaron Harrison said.

As for the 6-9 Cleare, he also is in no hurry to make a college choice.

“I have a lot of schools I like and my interest level is all the same right now,” he said.

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