In the last month, Maryland has seen junior guard Pe’Shon Howard transfer and sophomore center Alex Len declare for the NBA Draft, but Terrapins Coach Mark Turgeon appears to be doing his due diligence in restoring his program’s talent.
Campbell received his offer during an afternoon chat at St. John’s with Turgeon, who had been working since last week to meet with the 6-foot-1 sharpshooter.
“It feels great to get an offer from Maryland, and it was kind of unexpected,” Campbell said. “[Turgeon] said he likes me at the one and two position and talked about playing with [O'Connell junior guard and Maryland commit] Melo [Trimble], how are games are different and how we could play well together.”
Campbell, a second team All-Met who averaged a team-high 13.7 points last season, also holds offers from George Mason, George Washington, Old Dominion, Penn State, U-Mass. UNC-Charlotte and VCU. Possessing a quick first step and handle along with a sweet stroke from the outside, the junior drained 73 three-pointers in leading St. John’s to the WCAC title game last season.
Turgeon then shifted his focus to the class of 2015 when he extended offers to Howard and Crawford, both of whom will be playing for Team Takeover on the AAU circuit this summer.
Howard already held a slew of offers thanks to a strong first season at Paul VI, where he averaged 11.5 points and earned third team All-Met recognition. The 6-4 sophomore’s length and evolving offensive ability is attractive to many college programs, including Connecticut, DePaul, Florida, Georgetown, Ohio State, Seton Hall, South Florida and Villanova, who have all extended offers.
“I’m very happy whenever I get an offer from any school, but Maryland is special because they’re a hometown team and I grew up watching them,” Howard said.
Likewise, Crawford has no shortage of offers from major college programs, with Georgetown, Connecticut, Penn State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Florida and Texas on the point guard’s list.
“It feels pretty good that the hometown team is recruiting me and wants me to stay home to play,” Crawford said.
And with the graduation of All-Met Player of the Year Kris Jenkins and fourth team All-Met Charles Glover, Crawford is bound to garner more interest on and off the court next season.
“He’s not unknown anymore; his name is out there. So he’s going to have to keep working hard because teams are going to come after him,” Gonzaga Coach Steve Turner said. “Every night that he steps on the court, he’s going to have to be ready. Putting time in in the weight room to get stronger and staying in the gym working on the basics like his jump shot, defense and ball handling are going to be that much more important this offseason and going forward.”
The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 8.6 points as a sophomore in helping lead Gonzaga to an undefeated record in WCAC regular-season play.
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