UPDATE 10:36 a.m.: The Post’s Eric Detweiler talked to Wiley on the phone. Read what he had to say.
ORIGINAL POST: Securing top local talent has been one of Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon’s top priorities, and early Friday morning, the Terrapins received another oral commitment from another highly regarded Washington area guard.
Dion Wiley, rated by ESPN.com as the best prep player in the state of Maryland and the third-best shooting guard nationally, pledged his commitment to the Terps, two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed. He joins Bishop O’Connell guard Romelo Trimble, himself a four-star guard and Virginia’s No. 1 prospect, as the linchpins for an already stellar class of 2014.
The significance of Wiley’s commitment weighs heavy for several reasons. The obvious is that — as of June 7, 2013 — Coach Mark Turgeon has locked down the best Class of 2014 players from two local states, Virginia and Maryland. A 6-foot-4, 195-pound shooting guard from Potomac High School, Wiley is averaging a team-high 14.1 points per game this summer for Team Takeover, the nation’s top-seeded AAU squad entering the EYBL Peach Jam. Wiley is also shooting a blistering 48.1 percent from three-point range, and alongside Trimble is expected to bring some perimeter firepower to College Park.
Tapping into that ever-rich Team Takeover pipeline will also serve Maryland well moving forward. With Wiley and Trimble officially on board and seemingly unwavering in their commitments, Turgeon and his staff can focus on rounding out a balanced class of 2014 with a wing and a big man. Westtown (Pa.) swingman Jared Nickens is due on campus for an official visit on June 14, while Maryland has its eye on several front-court presences, from both in and out of area.
Barring any attrition, here is how Maryland’s scholarship situation will look come the 2014-15 season, at the present moment:
SENIORS: Nick Faust, Evan Smotrycz, Dez Wells
JUNIORS: Seth Allen, Shaquille Cleare, Jake Layman, Charles Mitchell
SOPHOMORES: Damonte Dodd, Roddy Peters
FRESHMEN: Melo Trimble, Dion Wiley