An occasional roundup of Maryland recruiting news, basically whenever something happens. The Peach Jam in Augusta, S.C., Reebok Breakout Classic in Philadelphia and Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis all took place last week. So that’s plenty.
>> Each 1 Teach 1 blitzed to the Peach Jam title, undefeated in eight games at the tournament. Maryland target Trayvon Reed averaged 6.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game but also scored sparingly, averaging 4.4 points and never scoring more than nine in one game. The Georgia center is among those big men the Terps are actively pursuing for their final class of 2014 spot.
Dion Wiley, the four-star Potomac (Md.) guard who already has committed to Maryland, led the Peach Jam with 18 three-pointers, shooting 51.4 percent on 35 attempts. Coach Mark Turgeon wanted floor-spacing shooters, and there’s none more on the EYBL circuit more accurate than Wiley right now.
Martin Geben, Wiley’s Team Takeover teammate fresh off a FIBA U-19 bronze medal with his native Lithuania, logged 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game at Peach Jam.
>> Small forward Jared Nickens is getting more publicity lately, especially after his all-star selection at the Reebok Breakout Classic. Playing before Turgeon and assistant coach Dalonte Hill, according to reports, Nickens drew rave reviews from observers, especially with his shooting abilities.
Future teammate Melo Trimble hit a game-winning runner and was also named to the Breakout Classic all-star game.
Colleague Brandon Parker also caught up with Trimble before the event and shadowed him for a summer workout.
Concerning that final big man spot, Maryland has ramped up its recruitment of Riverdale Baptist’s Chinanu Onuaku, according to InsideMDSports. Another Breakout Classic all-star selection, the center is DC Assault teammates with Trimble. “He just tells me I should come with him so we can make Maryland basketball better,” Onuaku told InsideMDSports.
>> All manner of heavyweights attended the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis to watch center Goodluck Okonoboh. Tom Crean (Indiana), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Rick Pitino (Louisville) and Thad Matta (Ohio State) were all courtside, according to one report.
A five-star recruit according to 247sports.com and the nation’s third-ranked center in the class of 2014, Okonoboh might be a long shot for Maryland, given the pedigree of his offer sheet, but assistant coach Scott Spinelli has been handling matters just the same. He plays for Mass Rivals under Vin Pastore, who has served as a mentor to current Maryland forward Evan Smotrycz, and remains one of the team’s top big-man targets, along with Reed and Onuaku.