It had been a curious question. Given all of the attention he was receiving from other college recruiters, why had Maryland not offered a scholarship to All-Met guard Nate Britt, a rising junior at Gonzaga?
The Terrapins had made it known they were recruiting Britt and had hosted him on an unofficial visit last month. Coach Mark Turgeon, though, wanted to see Britt play in person, which he did two weeks ago at a tournament in Indianapolis.
“He wanted to make it clear that he wanted Nate, that was his guy,” Nate Britt Sr. said. “Of course, they have the [Harrison] twins and they’re recruiting those guys also, but he made it clear he wanted Nate to come to Maryland. He wanted to make sure we understood that. I had it clear.”
Andrew and Aaron Harrison, also rising juniors, are highly-regarded guards from Houston.
Georgetown, Virginia, Villanova and Arizona already had offered Britt.
Permitted to have three coaches on the recruiting road at one trip, Turgeon and assistants Dalonte Hill and Bino Ranson were mainstays at D.C. Assault games during the first 10-day evaluation period that ended this past Friday. All three saw multiple games at a tournament in Indianapolis and Hill traveled to watch Assault play in Milwaukee as well, as did Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski and assistant Steve Wojciechowski, though the Blue Devils have yet to offer a scholarship.