Could Mark Turgeon be ready to land his first recruit less than a week after taking over at Maryland?
While Turgeon continues working to hire a staff and re-recruit Sterling Gibbs and Nick Faust (seniors who have signed National Letters-of-Intent), he also is planning to host his first recruit.
Seth Allen, a 6-foot-1 junior guard from Fredericksburg Christian, is scheduled to visit College Park with his family and high school coach on Saturday. Turgeon had offered Allen – who is friends with Montrose Christian forward Justin Anderson, a junior who committed to Maryland in March - a scholarship to Texas A&M before making the move to Maryland.
Allen and Fredericksburg Christian Coach Darren Berkley both said they expect that Turgeon will offer a scholarship on Saturday.
“I’ll have to wait and decide,” Allen said.
Turgeon traveled from Texas to Fredericksburg last month to watch Allen play during an open gym at the relatively unheralded private school, which has 900 students in pre-kindergarten through high school.
“A lot of assistants were there, but Turgeon was the only head coach who came,” Berkley said. “Seth has such a feel for the game, anything he’s on, he wins. He splits [double teams] better than any kid I’ve seen. He can elevate. He’s a lefthanded Steve Francis. He’s pretty special, a leader.”
Allen averaged 24 points, four rebounds, four assists and 3.5 steals this past season, leading the Eagles to a 31-2 record. One of those losses was to Anderson and Montrose Christian, 65-48, though Allen scored a game-high 23 points. (The box score called into The Post listed Montrose’s opponent as Frederick Christian.)
While Allen hit it off with Turgeon, he knew that traveling halfway across the country for college was out of the question. But when Turgeon was hired at Maryland, his interest was piqued — even though he has never been to the campus before. Turgeon also was interested; Allen said that on Monday — two days before being introduced as the Terps’ new coach — Turgeon phoned his parents and asked the family to come for a visit.
“I don’t know anything about Maryland,” Allen said. “I like Coach Turgeon as a coach. Once he went to Maryland, I was like, let me check this school out and see if I like it.
“I’m a North Carolina fan. That’s going to have to change if I go to Maryland.”
Allen, who lives in Woodbridge and transferred to Fredericksburg Christian before this school year after playing at Hylton as a sophomore, has played well and attracted attention at travel-team tournaments this spring. Berkley said Allen is supposed to meet with VCU Coach Shaka Smart next week, but it is possible Allen might make his decision before then.
“He seems more excited about Maryland,” Berkley said. “I don’t want to say he’s going to commit there, but if I had to guess, that’s what he’s leaning towards.”
As for next season, Berkley said that Allen is already enrolled at Fredericksburg Christian, but is it possible he could transfer to Montrose Christian and team with Anderson? The Mustangs are in the market for a point guard, with All-Met Tyrone Johnson off to Villanova. Anderson has already tried to woo his buddy to Rockville.
“I can’t believe we got him, but I’m not complaining,” Berkley said. “He says he’s coming back.”